Water system upgrade financing, Treasure Island improvements topics at City Council

Suzette Lowe
Ravenswood City Hall

Moving forward on much needed improvements to the waterworks system for the city of Ravenswood was the first topic at the April 20 meeting of the city council, which was led by City Recorder Jared Bloxton in the absence of Mayor Josh Miller.

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s John Stump, who serves as bond counsel for the city, presented the first reading of the bond ordinance as it relates to the Ravenwood Municipal Water Project. Two more readings must occur before action can be taken.

The Series 2021 A bonds through the West Virginia Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund can not exceed $5,562,245. The Series 2021 B bonds through the West Virginia Infrastructure Fund can not exceed $1,638,800.

“The actual project will be much lower than these amounts,” Stump explained. “This is the maximum amount. When the actual is known, then a supplemental resolution can be adopted.”

Stump also presented a supplemental resolution regarding the financing for a Ravenswood Building Authority bond regarding the municipal building. WesBanco was the low bidder with the best rates. The $1,200,000 is more than the payoff according to Stump. The additional funds allow the city to be reimbursed for improvements to the former BB&T bank building.

The Ravenswood Parks and Recreation Committee shared plans for improvements to the Treasure Island playground area that is located next to the Ravenswood Library.

Katrena Ramsey, chair of the committee, said there have been some well-known issues with this play area. Vandalism has been rampant, in great part due to the design and placement of the equipment.

“We will be tearing down the fencing towards the library side,” Ramsey said. “This will also include the toddler section. The plan is to move newly designed playground equipment closer to the front of the property, nearer the cameras.”

The materials being used will be metal which will replace the wood currently used. Each item will be self-standing and not enclosed in any way.

“We just want people to know that we are tearing something down,” said Ramsey, “but something better is coming.”

The Ravenwood Development Authority is also moving forward with a new endeavor.

Councilwoman Denise Toler, a member of that organization, said that the parking project on at 100 Washington Street will begin shortly.

“This is the part that will connect the benefit the point property that we will connect to Riverfront Park which is part of the overall marina project,” Toler said. “So, expect to see some paving starting soon.”

In other business, Toler, Bloxton, Amanda Slaven, Dee Scritchfield and Steve Tucker:

  • Learned that Harvest in the Wood will be Sept. 24-26.
  • Learned there was no new guidance for the disbursement of the recovery act funds.
  • Learned that the Ravenswood Fire Department had answered 33 calls and would conduct its Adopt a Highway project from the four-lane to the overlook.
  • Approved the employment of Katrena Ramsey as the city’s webmaster, effective April 30.
  • Approved the lay the levy order and rate sheet as required by state auditor.
  • Tabled the discussion of the Phase II Municipal Parking Project Plan till the next meeting.
  • Heard the first of two readings of Phase I waste water system upgrades and heavy maintenance project sewer tariff rate increase.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.