Jane Lew makes plans for $250K Streetscape Grant

Jane Lew Town Council members and Mayor Ruth Straley met with WV Department of Highways representatives and project consultants for the Streetscape grant awarded to the town. The team, made of up five members, will walk through the plans, Jane Lew officials surmised.
The $250,000 grant has a matching portion, and council approved the payment of funds for roughly $40,000.
A second letter has been sent to the Jane Lew Lion’s Club regarding the sign at the Jane Lew Park. The Jane Lew Lion’s Club is painted on the sign and must be removed, as they have no claim to the park, and it is owned solely by the Town of Jane Lew.
Jane Lew Lion’s Club has until Christmas to respond to the cease and desist letter sent by the town’s attorney. If the sign has not been removed, the town will remove it at the club’s expense.
Discussion of drainage at the park building was postponed until the spring. The council will revisit the issue, and form a plan to fix drainage issues at the building.
Straley commended the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department for their help in hanging the Christmas decorations in town, the tree lighting, and the open house following the Christmas parade on Nov. 25. Straley and council members were pleased with all events on that day.
JLVFD Chief Mitch Oldaker told the council the department’s ladder truck is back in use following repairs. They have applied for a grant through FEMA, and are awaiting word on whether it has been awarded. If awarded, it will be $124,865.
Straley asked about the emergency siren at the department. The siren is eight to 10 years old, Oldaker said, and that it does not have different tones for department emergencies or public emergencies, such as the Derecho in 2012. He added that the Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Center told the department as much following the storm.
The JLVFD responded to 17 wrecks, 13 commercial alarm investigations, two residential alarm investigations, two vehicle fires, and two EMS assists.
The town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by FEMA.
The Harness Shop and Museum has been cleaned, but a problem arose with the heating system. Richards Heating and Air Conditioning said the heating system needs replaced, but they were able to get it working.  
The park’s restrooms are now closed and locked for the winter. The town voted to close them until April 1, 2019.
Jane Lew Town Hall meetings are held the first Monday of each month, beginning at 6 p.m. They are held at Jane Lew Town Hall.

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