(07/30/2009)
The city of Glenville and the Ritchie County Public Library will likely receive funds through recent budget insertions by U.S. Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, D-W.Va.

Mollohan, who has family connections to Gilmer and Calhoun, inserted $400,000 for improvements in downtown Glenville.

"This is a wonderful project that I am pleased to support. Too many of our communities in West Virginia and across the country for that matter have seen their downtowns deteriorate as businesses and residents move out and economic activity declines," Mollohan said about the Glenville revitalization.

"It's impressive how the entire community of Glenville is determined to reverse that pattern. They are taking maximum advantage of this grant money by including a broad cross section in the planning process," Mollohan continued.

The Glenville grant will be administered by the Family Resource Network, and will be used for streetscape and facade improvements, new lamp posts, plantings, property acquisition, planning and design, and construction.

Mollohan secured a similar $385,000 grant in the fiscal 2009 appropriations bill.

The Ritchie library will receive a $200,000 grant for the renovation of its new building.

Most of the opposition to the bill was along party lines. Mollohan and Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., voted in favor and Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., voted against.


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