Rainelle City Council Discusses MTA Return and More

Rainelle’s municipal council held its regular meeting on Monday, February 28. The agenda included a presentation from a representative of God’s Way Home, an update on city projects and other key topics.

A representative from God’s Way Home spoke about the organization’s progress. According to the report, GWH has secured a second building which will allow them to house an additional eight people. Their current location is equipped to accommodate eight guests, and the new home will accommodate an additional eight people.

The purpose of GWH is to help individuals leave a life of addiction and work to rebuild their lives. Each of the men residing with GWH pays a program fee of $400 per month, has gotten his driver’s license back, and is in stable employment. According to the representative, in addition to participants in the program, at least six people have been placed in rehab and taken off the streets of Rainelle in the past two months.

In other cases, it was announced that the Mountain Transit Authority’s transportation services were going to Rainelle. The bus will run every Monday from March 14. According to the same rep who also spoke about MTA’s progress, the organization will be distributing bus schedules to local businesses.

New bus routes include Rainelle, Rupert, Route 60 to Lewisburg Walmart and will have connections to Greenbrier Valley Airport, White Sulfur Springs, Ronceverte and downtown. Mid-day service will go to Kroger, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Rainelle and Rupert town halls.

All transport services must be scheduled in advance. Residents of these areas should call MTA at 304-872-5872 to schedule services.

Mayor Robin Williams announced that the sidewalk project is now complete. Other projects such as new cameras for the water plant and a fence project will be discussed at the next meeting.

After another brief introduction, the board met in executive session to discuss an employee issue. Once the council returned to regular session, Williams said no action was taken.

Williams also confirmed an update to the city council’s COVID-19 protocol, saying up to 10 people from the public will be allowed to attend the next council meeting on March 14 in person. Visitors’ temperatures will be checked at the door.

After the announcement regarding public admission to the next meeting, Williams requested the adjournment.

Rainelle City Council meetings are broadcast live via Facebook.

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