Deadline extended for project applications
by By John Conley
There’s still time to submit projects for the Wyoming County Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative.
The Citizens Conservation Corps announced last week that the deadline has been extended to April 30.
“There were some people who had ideas for projects, but they weren’t sure how to approach the application,” said Christy Laxton, Wyoming County’s co-champion for the initiative. “This will give them an extra month go get in touch with the appropriate people.
“This also gives the county extra time to make sure what has been submitted and get a good area of the county involved, not just the municipalities,” she added. “We can wrap our arms around what has been submitted and what is missing.”
About 50 projects have been submitted, Laxton indicated. Municipalities, trails, parks and beautification projects are well represented.
“We have projects from as far as the Hanover area,” she noted. “We do have travel restrictions because it does take a long time to drove from the location of the summit (in Fayette County). But we’re submitting anything we can and leave it up to them say whether it’s too far.”
Missing from the submissions are upgrades and improvements on youth league facilities and church projects.
“If they have a Little League or Midget League field or a soccer field that may need maintenance or dugout painting, that’s something we’re missing,” Laxton said. “We also haven’t seen much from local food banks or churches.”
Cliffs Natural Resources has submitted an application for a Pinnacle Mining Laurel Branch wetlands project. It involves building a wetland to filter iron content out of the stream.
“They have volunteers and it will require a lot of hours to complete, but it would give Scouts a chance to work on a wetlands project,” stated Laxton. “It’s a good example of thinking out of the box.”
The organizing committee for Wyoming County met last week in Pineville, where topic A was a “wow” project for this summer. Scouts will be in the area in July to do a trial run in each county.
Mullins said the project should be one that is highly visible and would attract attention.
Several possibilities were discussed, but the favorite was a large stone welcome sign at the Route 54 entrance to the county.
In the event it can’t be ready by this summer, the back up plan would be new welcome signs for Pineville, Oceana and Mullens.
“Wyoming County has been one of the leading counties from the beginning (of the process),” stated Marie Walker of the CCC.
Project applications are available online or at the Economic Development Authority Office in Pineville.
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