McMechen Water Rates Decided

McMechen City Council has voted unanimously to appeal a recent decision from a state Public Service Commission Law Judge.

The city had sought to increase the price the Water Department could charge Marshall County Public Service District No. 1, and the issue ended up in a public hearing conducted by PSC Law Judge Keith George on July 30.

According to Mayor Mike Gracik, during the hearing the results of two surveys were made public. One was paid for by the city, and the staff of the Public Service Commission conducted the other. The study which the city had done recommended rates to MCPSD No. 1 increase from 47 cents to $1.21 per 1,000 gallons, while the survey done by the PSC recommended an 11-cent increase, from 47 cents to 58 cents, per 1,000 gallons.

Neither survey recommended an increase to water city customers whose minimum bill is currently $6.46 for 2,000 gallons.

On Aug. 28 the city received PSC Law Judge George’s ruling. While it stated that the city could charge its resale customer 54 cents per 1,000 gallons, it called for city residents to pay an additional 56 cents on a minimum bill.

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Also, McMechen city council at its recent meeting discussed the possibility of changing parking on Caldwell Street from 10th to 16th Streets, from the east side to the west side.

In another traffic issue, the city plans to start issuing tickets for motorists who park on the sidewalk from 11th Street southward.

In addition, it was announced at the city council meeting that two tenants have located into the city owned RV park in the vicinity of the old Union High School football field. The city has a total of 24 sites available there.

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Calvary United Methodist Church, Moundsville, will be paying tribute to Moundsville’s law enforcement, and fire department personnel on Sept. 16 in remembrance of 9/11.

Invitations have been sent to the city police, the city fire department, the volunteer fire department, the sheriff’s department, ambulance service personnel, emergency service personnel and the state police to attend, along with the families, the 11 a.m. service. Betty Hahn is the chair of the service, at which new pastor Gregory Blair will be delivering the message.

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The city of McMechen Recreation Committee will sponsor a steak fry beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Firemen’s Community Building on Marshall Street. Included in the admission will be steak, baked potato, salad, dessert and a beverage.

Music will be provided by a disc jockey, there will be a 50/50 raffle, games and a Chinese auction. Tickets can be obtained by calling either committee members Cindy Brautigan at 304-232-1952, Jo Claire Mackin at 304-215-2889, Pat Wilson at 304-232-5192 or Mayor Mike Gracik at 304-232-3140. Anyone wishing to donate an item for a door prize or the auction can contact one of the people listed above.

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Among events taking place today in the Ohio Valley will be the final day of the Elizabethtown Festival at the former West Virginia Penitentiary and the annual Dan Dague Memorial Car and Bike Show.

The Elizabethtown event will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. while the Car and Bike Show will an all-day event, with registration at 9 a.m., at the Highlands.

The Car and Bike Show was originally scheduled for Labor Day, but weather forecasts were such that the organizers, members of Lions District 29-L, decided to postpone the event.

Special events taking place today at the Elizabethtown Festival will be musical entertainment by Tim Benson from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and an Idol Contest from 12:30-4 p.m.

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The second annual Scarecrow Lane at Cockayne Farmstead will be an event of Sept. 23 until Oct. 14, sponsored by the city of Glen Dale, the Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department and the Marshall County Historical Society.

Applications for Scarecrow Lane can be picked up at the Farmstead or printed from the Cockayne website at Either way they must be returned by Sept. 14.

The “Scarecrows” will be judged in four categories: those decorated by businesses, individuals, civic organizations and youth. There will be a $10 fee for each Scarecrow registered.

The Scarecrows will be assigned a six-foot by six-foot space in the Cockayne Farmstead front yard.

There will be actually two judgings, one the “People’s Choice” which will cost 25 cents per vote, while the top three “Most Creative” entries will be selected by three judges.

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New lights have been installed in The Narrows, as part of the improvement project which is aimed at making that section of W.Va. 2 safer. The undertaking involved additional pilings, and a concrete barrier on the west side of the roadway.

In addition, to new lights in The Narrows, new lights from the north end of the Narrows to 21st Street in McMechen have been installed.

The initial lighting of The Narrows was undertaken during one of former Gov. Arch A. Moore’s terms in office.

The concrete barrier has replaced a stone wall that was installed by work crews from the former West Virginia Penitentiary many years ago.