LEWISBURG, W.Va.(WVDN) – The Lewisburg City Council held its monthly meeting on May 16 discussing Ordinance 318 which amends the flood plain ordinance and Resolution 516 which covers payments for companies involved in the Water System Improvement Project.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The base flood elevation (BFE), updated every few years to be 1% or greater in any given year, is called the 100-year flood level.
Resolution 516 allocates $4,501,028.49 for the Water System Improvement Project paid through the USDA planned project. Companies involved include JF Allen Company, Hayslett Construction Co., Orders Construction Co., Natgun Corporation, Chapman Technical/GRW Engineers, Region 4 Planning and Development Council and Roberts Tree Service.
The city council also discussed the upcoming mobile app for the city, which needs a recognizable name. City Manager Misty Hill emphasized that the app will be a tool for communication not for paying utility bills.
A Recreational Trails Program Grant from the West Virginia Department of Highways (WVDOH) is planned for use at Dorie Miller Park. The city must send a letter of “intent to apply” to the DOH office and may involve a 20% match by the city for an amount up to $300,000.
The Greenbrier Choral thanked the Council for their arts and recreation grant, which supports their performance at Carnegie Hall on December 10.
Updates on the progress of installing water lines along Dwyer Lane were provided with work expected to begin following Route 60 after completion. A detour will be in place during construction.
The Council granted a conditional use permit to Debbie Kilcollin for a three-bedroom Airbnb on Randolph Street. Kilcollin will be expected to obtain a business license.
Council member Sarah Elkins reported on Parks and Recreation, stating that there will be no “fee” other than a “donation” for using the parks. The Council also discussed issues of dog owners not picking up after their pets and skateboarders using the pickleball courts after hours.
Police Chief Chris Teubert announced that Officer Jonathan Cosby graduated from a 15-week training program in Institute and was voted “outstanding officer” in his class.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, June 12, at 7 p.m. due to the city election on June 13.