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Moundsville City Building On Track to Reopen

MOUNDSVILLE – Residents may be able to resume conducting municipal business at the city building at the start of next month, according to an update given at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The reopening of the building would come along with resuming in-person council meetings, which have been conducted via Zoom for months. City Manager Rick Healy said the previously discussed plan to reopen the building, with social distancing restrictions in place, was on track to begin in February, if COVID-19 trends continue the way they have recently.

“Assuming the trend continues to go in the right direction, this is going to be our plan,” Healy said. “Council meetings will still be limited in number based on the governor’s guidelines, social distancing and masks will be mandatory, and we’ll have to make a final call on that next week. But, based on the numbers, it looks like things are starting to turn and head in the right direction.”

Healy and mayor David Wood had previously discussed a return to live meetings at the month’s previous meeting, where Wood had pointed out that Marshall County was, at the time, “very, very red” on the W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources’ coronavirus map. Wood had previously aimed at Feb. 2 as the tentative date to return to live meetings.

In other matters, Healy reported good numbers that the city had received for the fourth quarter municipal sales tax, totaling $470,266.29. Healy said that was up one percent over the previous year’s amount for the same time period. This brings the year’s total amount received to $1,855,839.56, a four percent decrease over the previous year.

However, considering the economic strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Healy said the city had done remarkably well under the circumstances.

“Considering the shutdowns and closures from COVID, I consider a 4 percent decrease a rather minimal decrease, and I see that number bouncing back here in 2021.”

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