Residents of Beckley are asking for the city's help to repave their street

Residents of Beckley are asking for the city’s help to repave their street

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – Families in Beckley are asking the city to help pave their street, but the city has not given the go-ahead. People who live along the Stifler Drive from Ward 1 in Beckley say their road affects their quality of life and potentially their safety. They asked Cody Reedy and Tom Sopher, two members of the Beckley Common Council, for help.

“Families there have come to city council several times,” said Ward 1 Councilor Tom Sopher. so they would like to have a street light. From a city perspective, they are within the city limits. But the road itself is not part of our road network. And before it can be introduced into the city’s road network, it must be brought up to certain standards.

The four families who live in Stifler say they are willing to help pay for the upgrades. They say the kids can’t ride bikes, the street is dark, and the neighbors say the road is so bad in the winter that they’re afraid an ambulance will be stuck. They also have problems with flooding.

Under state law, the city may be able to help with storm water. But getting help with lights and paving hits a snag.

“As far as the street goes, I would like to have a definitive answer today,” Beckley Mayor Ron Rappold said. “Again, anyone with compassion would like to see this street brought up to city specifications, so the city can take care of it in the winter, they can fix it when potholes develop, etc. ., but right now it’s a very gray issue right now.

The two council members and Mayor Rappold say they are looking for a way to resolve the issue, but it will have to be done in a way that respects city and state laws on how public funds are spent. expenses.

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