DANVILLE — The Town of Danville announced at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, that it has applied for grant funding to help improve the accessibility, function and appearance of the downtown area.
The Transportation Alternatives Grant from the West Virginia Department of Highways would provide $75,000 and would require an approximate $15,000 match from the town. The funding would support improvements to the project limits of both sides of Smoot Avenue from Adkins Street to the H&R Block and Griffith’s Produce buildings.
Through the funding, brick paver accents would be added to the existing sidewalks; pedestrian-scale, period streetlights would be installed; park benches, trash receptacles and bicycle racks would be provided; and landscaping would be improved.
Also during the meeting, the town of Danville honored Boy Scout Jeremiah Tackett for his efforts in building a picnic shelter at Bob Cee Park in Danville adjacent to the boat ramp.
Tackett addressed the need in the community to fulfill a requirement to earn his Eagle Scout ranking, for which he has submitted paperwork and is awaiting review.
Tackett, a member of Troop 289, was led by Scoutmaster Mark Linville.
Danville Mayor Mark McClure spoke about why he felt it was important to honor the 18-year-old college freshman.
“You did a really good job down there, and we’ve received a lot of positive comments about it from around the town and we’ve talked about building another one over on the other side after seeing this one,” McClure said. “That is an incredible accomplishment for your project, and we want you to know that we’re really proud of you, and the Town of Danville will benefit from it for many years to come.”
In other Town of Danville News, the council unanimously approved a motion to put aside up to $1,000 for a Halloween event for local children.
Traditionally, the town has organized a party or gathering at town offices, but McClure noted that COVID-19 has presented a new set of challenges.
“I know we are limited to what we can do, but if it means wearing gloves and putting together bags of candy and letting parents drive through a line and pick it up through the window, then we’ll do that,” he said. “I feel this is something we need to do — and we’ve always done something — and I’m sure that we can come up with something creative and safe to let our children know we appreciate them and help them celebrate Halloween.”
Town officials noted that a plan would be put into place regarding a location and process for passing out the candy.
The Danville Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Danville Community Center, 731 Hopkins Ave. Call 304-369-5428 for more information.