Commissioners Talk On Pipeline Rupture

Marshall County Commissioners Don Mason and Bob Miller appreciate oil and natural gas economic development, but they know residents living near pipelines or wells may face challenges, such as the Williams Energy pipeline rupture Saturday morning.

“We, who are here in the middle of this gas industry, we are getting positive things from it, but there are other issues that come up,” Mason said Tuesday in reference to the pipeline accident that caused a fire and led some residents to evacuate. “Fortunately, no one was injured.”

“I am glad no one was hurt,” Miller added.

Also Tuesday, Mason also said Raze International started its $131,900 demolition project as part of the plans for a new public safety center at the former Jozabeth’s clothing store in Moundsville. Raze hopes to tear down two nearby houses and remove some inside portions of the Jozabeth’s structure by May 9, although the company has more time if it needs it.

The Jozabeth’s property is situated between Seventh and Eighth streets in Moundsville, across from the county courthouse. When renovations at the former clothing store are complete, the new building will house the county 911 center, sheriff’s department and emergency management agency.

Mason and Miller later voted to continue the county’s participation in the Northern Panhandle HOME Consortium, a program that will allow officials to distribute more than $265,000 throughout the Panhandle in fiscal year 2015 to first-time home buyers.

Those who qualify receive loans worth up to $10,000 to help pay for a house. The debt is forgiven after five years as long as the buyers meet all other obligations.

“This program gives people who would otherwise not be able to purchase a home a chance to do so,” Mason said. “It is a great opportunity for young people.”

In another matter, Mason and Miller voted to declare April 13-19 as National Library Week in support of the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

“We are fortunate to have the library system. It is a great asset to the county,” Mason said.

Grand Vue Park General Manager Craig White told commissioners the park enjoyed its Saturday opening of the zip line attraction and the golf course. He also reminded them that this year marks the park’s 40th anniversary.

“It is hard to believe it has been there that long,” Mason said.

Commissioner Brian Schambach missed the meeting as he recovers from injuries sustained in a recent fall.