SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston City Council has given final approval to re-zoning a city block in Spring Hill for a Sheetz gasoline station and convenience store.
The property is being re-zoned from residential to commercial. It is on MacCorkle Avenue, between McDonald Street and Park Avenue.
In response questions by Councilman Jef Stevens, it was reported that the project will extend 200 feet back from MacCorkle. No construction start date has been set yet.
Also Thursday evening, council approved:
n The closure of Oakes Avenue starting late next Friday night so vendors can set up for the Arts & Crafts Mound Festival and the closure of the alley behind the Nazarene Church on Chestnut Street on Sept. 28 for the Spring Hill Fall Festival.
n The appointments of Tim Wells and Joyce Dery to the Municipal Planning Commission.
Mayor Frank Mullens presented plaques and certificates to the South Charleston Little League boys aged 11-12 All Star Team, winners of the District 3 championship.
Many parents looked on as team members Wesely Buckley, Aiden Johnson, Dakota Cosby, Corey Lanier, Tanner Williams, Jamo Frazier, Tyler Atkinson, Anthony Phillips, Logan Leeber, Rashad Smith, Paul Boddy, Logan Scarberry and Jared Williamson were honored. Coaches are Gerald Burgy, Dan Lanier and Joel Williamson.
Mullens recalled how Corey Lanier hit a ball that hopped the center field fence and hit Police Chief Brad Rinehart between the eyes. Rinehart autographed the ball and gave it to Lanier amid much laughter.
Also at the meeting, Mullens presented plaques to Vicki Vaughan and Joan Belcher for their neighborhood beautification efforts and Community Center Director Arnett Hoston for his support of Summerfest.
Mullens and council members praised city workers for their response to an Aug. 21 flash flood. "We had four inches of rain in 35 minutes," Mullens said. City workers will tour trouble spots and try to improve each situation "although there's no silver bullet for solving flash floods," the mayor said.
Councilman Jeff Means pointed out that the city's first urban deer hunt will begin Saturday. City Attorney Michael Moore, who worked on the ordinance, said the deer hunt will occur on two, possibly three, approved properties.
Council's next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at City Hall on D Street.