Ravenswood City Council gets moving with McIntosh restoration project

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers
Tom White addressed questions and concerns about the future of the McIntosh from Ravenswood City Councilmembers Tuesday night in a special meeting.

Ravenswood's City Council gathered Tuesday for a special meeting to discuss the future of the McIntosh and funding for the City's Development Authority Executive Director position. 

Tom White, a Jackson County native and a restoration expert, is donating his time and services to help Ravenswood decide what to do with the McIntosh. He gave City Council a more concrete price estimate and a recommended time schedule for restoration. 

White spent most of his time in front of councilmembers answering questions they had about the project. Here are the main takeaways:

  • The expected restoration price is about the same as the insurance claim at about $800,000. 
  • Council voted and unanimously decided to reach out to businesses for design, demolition of the third floor and remaining plaster, and architecture quotes before the July 20 meeting.
  • Ravenswood Mayor Josh Miller said the goal is to have a roof on the building before winter.

The Ravenswood Development Authority (RDA) is seeking a part-time Executive Director position that's expected to pay anywhere from $31,000 to $38,000 based on education and experience. Councilmember Denise Toler said the RDA has no funds at this time to put toward the position. 

Miller said he's happy to help but wants the RDA to have some "skin in the game." He asked Toler to bring council an outline that shows how the RDA will help fund the position before anything is brought to a vote. 

— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@jacksonnewspapers.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.