KEYSER - Thinking of ways to improve the 16 acres involved with the purchase of the former glass plant factory, David Webb, of the county development authority, had a suggestion for that undertaking - one he learned about while attending a West Virginia University alumni function.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER -  Thinking of ways to improve the 16 acres involved with the purchase of the former glass plant factory, David Webb, of the county development authority, had a suggestion for that undertaking - one he learned about while attending a West Virginia University alumni function.
During the event, Webb heard Kristi Wood-Turner, a faculty member of the Sociology Department of the university, speak on a one million volunteer hours program in three years, using students to help.
Webb said that according to Wood-Turner, if the glass plant property is one of the sites for the volunteer program, students would be bussed to Keyser from Morgantown to complete tasks.
He added that another question he gave to her concerned liability issues and she said, “The students are fully covered.”
Webb said a trend is apparent of the next generation not giving time to volunteer as “with local fire companies.”
Saying that the group of WVU students who are part of the volunteer program will “learn that community service is valuable,” he said that reports were given that 17 percent of the freshmen at the Morgantown school were part of the program.
Webb wanted Wood-Turner invited to the June meeting of the development authority, while Terry Liller said that speaking to her in person would offer information on, “The range of the program.”
In another business matter, Kevin Clark, executive director of the development authority, reported on a request from commissioner Roger Leatherman concerning blinking lights on Waxler Road.
Clark said Leatherman had been contacted by several people who wanted the blinking lights and stop signs to be installed along Waxler Road, near to the area where the future America’s Best Block plant will be constructed.
The lights and signs could perhaps prevent large trucks from going any further on Waxler Road.
John Lusk and other board members agreed that, “This is a state road department issue.”
He also suggested that Leatherman be contacted to tell him, “Nothing can be done by the development authority.”