Jane Lew to ‘Make it Shine’


The Town of Jane Lew is gearing up for this year’s West Virginia Make it Shine Volunteer Day. The program’s goal is to make WV the cleanest state in the nation. Jane Lew has set the date for this project to occur on April 14. Needed materials, such as gloves, bags, and landfill fees, will be provided, but the town will need volunteers to help. Any individual or organization that is interested in helping can contact Town Hall.
The Emergency Plan for Jane Lew has been updated for review. Council member Phyllis Hinterer said there are some things that are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and they need to meet those requirements. As the town’s plan is part of Lewis County’s Emergency Plan, it needs to be looked over and updated as needed each year.
Mayor Ruth Straley spoke to Shentel regarding a movie under the stars night at the park. Because of time constraints, a representative for Shentel can only schedule Jane Lew for one movie night, which will take place in August.
The security cameras in the park are now available for viewing through an app, which Straley and council members can access. The new cameras also have the capability to zoom in so closely on people they can be identified by facial features.
The council approved Designer Concrete, a company based in Philippi, to repair the floors and walls at the park building. The park building will be closed March 5-30, so the work can be completed.
Hinterer summarized the Lewis-Upshur Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting by saying they are still paying off bills from 2014, waiting on payment for a 2017 Community Emergency Response Team grant, and a 2017 HazMat grant is in review. The group is also looking at pipeline grant opportunities, as well.
Straley attended the Lewis County Economic Development Association (LCEDA) meeting and reported that Lewis County Administrator Cindy Whetsell is acting director of the organization, with Greg Cunningham serving as president, and Tracy Weber as vice president. An agreement has been reached between the Roanoke Water project contractors, the LCEDA, and the WV Department of Highways concerning damage caused by water line installation.
Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mitch Oldaker reported the department responded to 25 calls in January: two fires, two car wrecks, one water leak, 19 good intent calls, and one false alarm. He also reported that in light of county fire departments cutting back services they traditionally responded to, his department will be following Weston Fire Department’s lead by only responding to non life threatening calls within Jane Lew towm limits.
Oldaker told council about the upcoming Lewis County Firefighter’s Association training weekend, to be held at the WVU Fire Academy in Lewis County. The weekend is possible through donations from Dominion Energy and Fire Chasers Fire Equipment.
Oldaker said more sponsors may be added as they move forward. The weekend is open to all current WV firefighters who have completed prerequisite firefighting classes. More information is available on the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page.
In other business, Councilman Tom Frazier said the pipes at the park building are fine and have not frozen or busted.
Frazier also said they need to address some potholes on Depot crossing.
The next Jane Lew Council meeting will be March 5 at 7 p.m., at Town Hall.


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