KEYSER - Moving ahead with a business item that was discussed at the September meeting of the Mineral County Development Authority, Kevin Clark, executive director of the agency, said the outcome will “make the former glass factory more marketable.”

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Moving ahead with a business item that was discussed at the September meeting of the Mineral County Development Authority, Kevin Clark, executive director of the agency, said the outcome will “make the former glass factory more marketable.”
Several months ago, a guest at the monthly development authority meeting, Patrick Kirby, director of the West Virginia Brownfield Center, suggested a Licensed Remediation Specialist (LRS) be hired to proceed with the process of supervising the removal of contaminates (if any) on the former Anchor Glass Plant property in the Keyser Industrial Park.
The selection committee reviewed the top three LRS submissions, and Environmental Standards, of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was chosen.
Lydia Work, associate principal chemist from Environmental Standards, was present at the Tuesday meeting of the development authority to give information on how the proposed tasks will be developed.
Buck Eagle, president of the agency said, “We need someone to guide us” before entering the Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP).
Work said her company has completed the work on “a number of glass plant sites,” and said that the one in the Keyser Industrial Park should show “no big surprises.”
She said that the actual amount of property to be entered into the VRP could be the area where the glass plant was located because the other acreage was for farm usage.
Clark said that finding grants would be an important step to take, as he said that there would be a cost to “have a person to write grants.”
He said that a grant writer may be necessary “now or later,” however, Kirby had mentioned the grant deadline is next month.
Clark said that Matt Ward, an advocate for community revitalization who seeks grants for that purpose, would be the one to contact to offer assistance.
Work said about Ward, “He becomes part of your mission, and if he is engaged, he will help you.”
John Lusk asked the fellow board members, “What is our next step?” and Eagle wanting action taken on the subject, saying, “We have to take advantage of this, or we will set here and lose out,” pertaining to the potential of development on the glass plant property.
Commissioner Jerry Whisner proposed a motion that involved taking care of task 1 in the scope of work which Environmental Standards would make a site visit to the glass plant, a file review, a VRP agreement, and application, in addition to arranging for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to meet with the LRS and representative of the development authority at the former glass plant.
Also involved in the motion was for the development authority to engage a grant writer, and the total estimated cost of all the above would be $13,000, with approval of the motion given by the board members.