Bees to be removed from Harness Shop Museum


Carpenter Bees have become a problem in the Harness Shop Museum in Jane Lew, Mayor Ruth Straley told council members at their monthly meeting, held Tuesday, Sept. 4. Before the building can be sealed, Straley said the bees have to be removed.
Dodson Pest Control was approved by council to get ride of the bees. They will treat the building, fill the holes, then treat it again. After their work is completed, Rose Pressure Washing will come back and seal the building to prevent further nests from forming.
The owner of local business Maggie Mae’s Consignment told town officials that customers are having a difficult time locating her shop due to lack of signage for High Street. The current sign only includes Broad Run Road, which is High Street until out of city limits. Straley said a new sign will be in place soon, identifying both High Street and Broad Run Road.
The sewer lines at the Jane Lew Park have been fixed, and a toddler swing will be installed after council approval. Both of these were made possible using funds from a land and water grant.
Central Supply supplied an estimate for gravel at Cherry Street and the park. The company suggested using crush and run instead of regular gravel. All approved hiring Central Supply.
Council also approved a donation to the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department for them to use towards insurance costs. JLVFD Chief Mitch Oldaker said a recently awarded grant from Dominion is being used towards the purchase of new air packs, along with a donation from Doss Enterprises. The total cost to replace all air packs is $24,000.
Oldaker also told council about upcoming fundraisers, including a lasagna dinner on Oct. 5 sponsored by the JLVFD Auxiliary, the Cash Bash on Nov. 2, and another Cash Bash on Feb. 15.
Council discussed the sign at the park, where it is written, “Lion’s Park.” They are concerned about liability issues if an incident should occur at the park. As the Lion’s Club does not assist the town with financial upkeep of the park, the town’s attorney said the sign needs to come down. All approved sending the club a letter stating as much through their attorney.
Straley also stressed that anyone wanting to do anything in the park needs to contact Town Hall first. Their number is 304-884-7910.
The Christmas Parade is scheduled for Nov. 25. They are currently working on a short list of parade marshal possibilities, and all Christmas lights will be checked prior to hanging to make sure they work.
In other business, the town received an invitation to the Law Enforcement Parade, which will occur Sept. 15 in Weston, beginning at 1 p.m.
The town received notification from the Jane Lew PSD regarding testing for cross connection and backflows. That has already been scheduled.
They are currently working with Chris Heater regarding flood insurance.
Lewis Electric was approved to replace emergency lights inside the park building and outside.
The next regular meeting will be held on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.


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