KEYSER - The Keyser City Council is considering contracting with a grant writer to research and apply for grant money for city projects.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council is considering contracting with a grant writer to research and apply for grant money for city projects.
Mayor Damon Tillman said the gentleman, David Smarik, has previously worked with Potomac State College and Eastern WV Community & Technical College and been successful in obtaining grant money for both entities.
He is currently affiliated with Allegany College of Maryland.
Tillman said Smarik would be paid $25 an hour “with a negotiated flat rate” for his services.
Among the contractor’s duties would be researching funding opportunities, evaluating eligibility, preparing the grand proposals, and completing paperwork necessary for any grant received by the city.
Council member Terry Liller asked for a “list of his successes,” however, saying he would “like to know a little bit about him” before voting to approve the contract.
Tillman suggested having Smarik attend the next meeting, scheduled for Sept. 26, to answer any questions.
The vote was tabled until then.