CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston is taking steps to preserve a mausoleum at the historic Spring Hill Cemetery.
Council members voted Monday evening to submit a grant application to the State Historic Preservation Office for rehabilitation work on the mausoleum's exterior.
The 103-year-old Moorish style building was taken over by the city in 1969 but fell into disrepair over the years. Some of the marble slabs on the back wall warped and moisture collected behind the concrete ceiling, causing pieces to detach and fall to the floor.
The roof sustained heavy damage in a vicious April 2011 windstorm but City Manager David Molgaard said the city already has made those repairs.
The grant, for funds up to $100,000 with a 50 percent match by the Spring Hill Cemetery Endowment Fund, would pay for cleaning the limestone exterior and any other repairs that need to be made, Molgaard said. The resolution authorizing the grant submission was approved unanimously.
The remains of some 490 people are housed in the mausoleum.
Council members also voted to apply for an $87,000 Justice Assistance Grant to keep the city's Prevention Resource Officers in schools. Charleston police currently has three officers, one each at Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Capital High School and George Washington High School.They also approved an agreement with the Kanawha County Assessor's Office to share information for the city's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects. The plan is to insert tax information from the assessor's office into the city's computerized maps.