Ravenswood was one of five municipalities in West Virginia to receive a Make It Shine Clean Community Award from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
The city received the award during a 7 p.m. council meeting on Tuesday. Ravenswood will receive a glass trophy and two road signs designating the community as a Make It Shine Clean Community.
Mayor Josh Miller said the city is honored by the award.
“They picked a handful of cities this year, and we were in the handful. I think that’s a huge honor. Not only are we among the top five safest cities in West Virginia, we’re in the top five cleanest communities,” Miller said.
Everyone who helps make Ravenswood a clean community should be commended, Miller said.
“That just shows the work that’s being put in to improving Ravenswood by volunteers and by our organizations and the city. I think all of those folks should be commended for the work that’s being done to improve our community,” he said.
As part of the award, the city was recognized for several activities:
• The city created a spring cleanup week in May in which trash was removed and taken to a landfill free of charge.
• The city encourages recycling through its recycling center that accepts paper, plastic, cans, and glass.
• The Ravenswood Volunteer Fire Department has adopted more than 2 miles of U.S. 2.
• The Boy Scouts of America Pack 43 conducts an annual cleanup of illegal dumping at the scenic overlook on U.S. 2.
• The city’s memorial tree program plants hardwood trees in the park system bi-annually.
• The FFA in Ravenswood has a natural resource class that teaches environmental education and protection, as well as a forestry team.
• The city participates in the annual Ohio River Sweep, with local efforts organized by Cub Scout Pack 43.
• The Ravenswood Public Library hosts Earth Day events. This year, the library painted flower pots and planted flowers during craft night.
• Ravenswood Grade School organized a public arts project using plastic bottle caps. They constructed large sea creatures for display at the pool. Over 6,000 bottle caps were recycled and saved from the landfill.
In other council business:
• Jessica Isner of Jackson County Early explorers reported the organization is looking for a location in Ravenswood to open a children’s play museum.
“It could be a big deal, and we’re tying to find every avenue possible to make this happen. It would be a good thing for our children and parents in this community, and it would be another recreational opportunity Ravenswood has to offer. I think it could be a regional draw,” Miller said.
• City officials announced a vacancy in the Ravenswood Police Department due to the retirement of Capt. Joe Cogar.
“I want to thank Capt. Cogar for his years of service to the community and I wish him nothing but the best in retirement. He’s a small business owner here in Ravenswood. I love seeing transitions like that. I wish him success, and I’m glad they stayed and invested in Ravenswood,” Miller said.
• Council declared a vacancy in the maintenance department due to the termination of an employee.
• Council approved the hiring of Terri Miller as a business clerk.
“That was a very competitive application process. We had over 60 applicants. Terri’s resume was outstanding. At the end of the day, you have to chose one. We think we made the right choice and we’re happy to have her as a part of the city of Ravenswood,” Miller said.
• Council approved a resolution officially adopting municipal court fines and costs.
• Councilwoman Denise Toler reported the Ravenswood Development Authority is considering two bids for excavation of the RDA’s point property across the creek from Washington Riverfront Park.
The goal is to turn that area into a revenue-generator and recreational space.
• Toler also announced that the Ravenswood Development Authority has received a $15,000 grant from the Sisters Health Foundation to extend the walking path at Washington’s Riverfront Park.
• Council approved the expenditure of $2,500 to remove the front porch of the McIntosh House. The porch was not part of the original structure and has become structurally unsafe, Miller said.
Once the porch is removed, the remaining concrete pad can be sealed and used as a stage.
“The idea is after that’s taken down and cleaned up, that concrete pad will be used by our parks and recreation superintendent and the Board of Parks and Recreation as part of our acoustic music series in the spring and summer,” Miller said.
“It’ll look a whole lot different for Harvest in the Wood festival next year, too,” Miller said.
The next council meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 4.