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Welch announces $380,000 grant for downtown St Albans

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first_imgRepresentative Peter Welch announced Monday a $380,000 grant for a comprehensive economic revitalization project in downtown St. Albans.The federal grant, which Welch secured for the city, will help St. Albans improve sidewalks, streetlights and signage and make other aesthetic upgrades to Main Street and Taylor Park. The project is intended to make downtown St. Albans safer for families and more attractive to businesses. Downtown St. Albans is the heart of this community and the key to its future, Welch said. This grant will put federal dollars to work in St. Albans, spurring economic growth in the area and empowering residents to make decisions about how to improve their community.Welch made the announcement on Main Street in St. Albans Monday morning, alongside Mayor Marty Manahan and City Manager Dominic Cloud. They were joined by Jim Walsh of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Terry Knight and Karen Bresnahan of St. Albans for the Future.last_img read more

Council discusses prioritizing which houses should be demolished

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Thank you for your input. -3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 258 weeks ago “Wellington City Mayor Shelley Hansel said she has a bet going with the mayor of Augusta for lunch over who wins the first football game between the Crusaders and Orioles Friday night. ” Always setting good examples for our youth. Report Reply 3 replies · active 258 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 258 weeks ago If the biggest thing we have to worry about in a leader is a friendly lunch bet over a football game, I’m pretty sure I can get over it. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 258 weeks ago Cue, why was the rest of my post edited out? I didn’t personally attack anyone. I didn’t state anything that is untrue. Simply pointed out that photos being posted on social media of someone doing something that’s very dangerous, and illegal, may not be the best example to be putting out there. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down Oh boy · 258 weeks ago Yeah that’s pretty harmful to our youth(that was sarcasm). At least find something worth while to complain about(that was not). Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down tapped out · 258 weeks ago Like the city has money to tear down these houses…would be interesting to see of all the houses torn down how many the city has gotten their money for demolition back on. Report Reply 2 replies · active 258 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down LiveWell? · 258 weeks ago Kip Etter mentioned that the owner of the house they want to tear down has boarded up the windows. If Mr. Etter would familiarize himself with the city codes, he would know that boarded up windows are in violation of the city code. Of course the code compliance officers are more concerned with tearing down houses than issuing code violation citations to the hundreds of houses in this town that are in violation. If they would start going after some of the properties that need to be fixed up, there probably wouldn’t be so many ‘eye-sores’ in this town! Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down credence · 258 weeks ago This whole issue is a catch 22 scenario. If you demolish the house the property goes off the tax rolls (except for the lot), if you don’t then you have a potential hazard that could possibly endanger the public’s safety. I don’t have a solution, however I feel the City does spend too much time and resources on this particular issue with very little being accomplished. As far as demolishing houses simply because someone feels it is an eye sore is not reason enough to destroy someone’s property, after all, someone may decide your place is an eyesore and where does that leave you? Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 258 weeks ago One should look at their own property before judging others. Then , isn’t gambling illegal? Report Reply 0 replies · active 258 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 258 weeks ago One should look at their own property before judging others. Report Reply 0 replies · active 258 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 258 weeks ago Turkey Leg. Betting somebody a lunch is hardly gambling. About the same as calling charity raffle tickets or silent auctions gambling lol get outa here! Report Reply 0 replies · active 258 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Prioritizing which houses are in bad shape to demolish and which are not took up much of the Wellington City Council meeting Tuesday. Council members agree there are a lot of houses that need to be either fixed or demolished, but they want to tweak the system of deciding actually take action on first. No one showed up to speak at a public hearing concerning a house at 611 West 13th street, and the council tabled the hearing and the matter itself until the Oct. 20 meeting.The house in question has been before the council a couple of times, and the owner at one time said he would fix the problems, but changed his mind after city building officials told him what it would take.Council member Kip Etter raised the question of why this case was moving along faster than a similar case only a block away. Etter noted the property owner is mowing the yard has boarded up windows and locked the doors.“He has shown he is willing to work with us,” said Kip Etter, Wellington City Council member. “He isn’t planning on making it livable, but he has made an effort.” Council member Kelly Green said there is trash outside the house, but the structure itself seems solid.“I thought we did this when there was a safety hazard, not just because it is ugly,” she said.Green questioned how houses are prioritizing for action. She also wondered why they were going after this one when there are many other houses in just as bad of condition — some that even have people living in them.“We can’t tear a house down just because of complaints,” Green said. “There are houses I have reported and they still look like they have for years. We need to direct our efforts more to houses that are a real hazard.” Council members want the owner to show up and talk to them, which is why they tabled the public hearing. They also plan to discuss prioritizing how the city deals with structures that are not up to code at a work session.•••••In other matters:•The Council agreed to move forward with including businesses in the average utility rate system. In this system people may pay an average bill from the previous 12 months to keep their bill about the same instead of having a much higher bill at certain times of the year. Businesses were never included in this plan. The council will discuss this at a work session and may vote on it soon.•John Lloyd was appointed to the public building commission and the board of zoning appeals. There is still a vacancy on the health care authority, which runs the hospital. The deadline is Sept. 3 and there were no applicants as of Tuesday evening. The deadline will be extended if there are no applications.•There will be a town hall meeting next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.•An approval agreement for automatic aid with Sumner County Fire District No. 9 and an agreement with the county for emergency medical aid was formalized. This was a continuation of current agreements.•The Council authorized repairs on a gas turbine at the electric department at a cost of about $30,000. The turbine will be shipped to Missouri, repaired and returned in about 10 days.•This coming Friday will be the first entertainment and art downtown it was announced. •Wellington City Mayor Shelley Hansel said she has a bet going with the mayor of Augusta for lunch over who wins the first football game between the Crusaders and Orioles Friday night. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Stocks Soar On Wall Street, Dow Gains Nearly 1,300

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first_img(New York, NY) — Stocks are bouncing back in a big way on Wall Street following the coronavirus sell-off with Dow posting its single biggest point gain ever. Shares in Apple and Walmart jumped more than five percent. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 1,296 points to 26-706. The S&P 500 rose 136 points to 30-90. The Nasdaq gained 384 points to finish at 89-52.last_img