KEYSER - A motion was passed by the Mineral County Development Authority on Tuesday afternoon to move forward with the approval of the company of choice and the upcoming phases for the placement of a sign at the entrance of Keyser Industrial Park, Waxler Road.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - A motion was passed by the Mineral County Development Authority on Tuesday afternoon to move forward with the approval of the company of choice and the upcoming phases for the placement of a sign at the entrance of Keyser Industrial Park, Waxler Road.
The RFP (request for proposal) Committee received three responses for the project and recommended Identify America, of Bluefield, Virginia, to complete the work.
The present sign shows aging and is often surrounded by brush, blocking the ability to see or read what is contained on the entrance sign.
The current sign contains 12 spaces with a name of a business in each slot, showing they are part of the Keyser Industrial Park.
Kevin Clark, executive director for the development authority, said there will be two phases to the sign project, with the first one involving planning, designing, and engineering, and phase two dealing with complying with the West Virginia Department of Highways specifications.
The board of directors agreed that one important part of installing a new entrance sign would be that it is visible from Route 46.
Buck Eagle, president of the development authority, said the present sign is located on private property, and Clark said that part of the project’s phase one would determine “if we want to acquire that land.”
In other business concerning the Keyser Industrial Park, an update was given by Clark and Terry McDowell, maintenance worker at the former Anchor Glass building, pertaining to recent and upcoming actions taken at the former industry in the Keyser Industrial Park.
McDowell said, “We have been getting rid of the scrap metal,” with 13 pallets of refractory remaining, and there is a possibility of getting rid of the refractory in the Frostburg area.
Clark said a listing is being developed on improvements of the former glass plant building, including replacing the rusted garage door that will not open or close.
McDowell said capital improvements on the building “need done right now,” as he mentioned roof problems, along with cleaning up the front of the building.
Eagle said about the projects, “The former glass building is like a house with its first impression.”
“We need to have a facelift for the building,” he said.
McDowell said, “The building has been neglected since 1995,” naming tasks to be completed, but added, “It is doable,” to make it marketable.