Chester looks at city hall upgrade

CHESTER – With some much-needed interior improvements out of the way, the Chester Municipal Building is scheduled for some tender loving care to its exterior this year.

On Monday, Chester City Council authorized the city to enter into a contract with the West Virginia Development Office so it can receive an $8,000 grant through the Governor’s Community Participation Program.

The money will be used to replace city hall’s front steps and make other improvements to the building’s exterior.

“We’d like to beautify that front corner,” Mayor Ken Morris said.

The work likely will be done this spring. Last year, the city made electrical upgrades to the building, formerly Chester High School, and installed packaged terminal air conditioners, or PTACs, in seven offices.

Also Monday, Councilman John Woodruff said he wants to check into funding for the installation of lights and a crosswalk on Carolina Avenue between the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. The lights would be similar to the ones in front of East Liverpool City Hospital, he said.

Woodruff said an estimated 200 people cross Carolina Avenue in that area every day.

“There have been two fatalities there over the years,” he said.

Councilman Brian Handley told council that the Chester Volunteer Fire Department plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary on June 24-28, 2014, with an “old time firemen’s fair.”

The centennial celebration, still in the early planning stages, will have rides, fireworks and a parade, he said.

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