KEYSER - Less than a month into his contract with the City of Keyser, grant writer David Smarik is scheduled to give a report to the mayor and council Wednesday.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Less than a month into his contract with the City of Keyser, grant writer David Smarik is scheduled to give a report to the mayor and council Wednesday.
The Keyser City Council voted 4-0 Sept. 26 to contract with Smarik to research, apply for and administer federal and state grants for various projects in the city.
Council member Eric Murphy was absent for the vote.
When the council approved the contract with Smarik, at $25 an hour and a “negotiated flat rate,” the grant writer told the officials, “There’s ample money available to small communities and towns … but you have to do a lot of work to get it.”
Mayor Damon Tillman commented that a grant writer “is something we haven’t had in the city and we’ve needed it for quite some time.”
According to the agenda released for this Wednesday’s meeting, former city employee Ralph Rice is now reaching out to the city to offer his services as an additional grant writer.
His request will be discussed under “New Business,” along with the city’s FEMA lots, the proposed purchase of a mini-excavator, a city building work proposal and hazard mitigation plan resolution.
Under “Unfinished Business,” they will be officially approving a change in time for the May 18, 2019, car show proposed for downtown Keyser by resident Ralph Broadwater as a fund raiser for the Keyser pool.
Broadwater originally planned to hold the event from 5-9 p.m., but told the officials during their Oct. 10 meeting that he felt 1-7 p.m. would be better.
He said he felt more people would participate in the earlier start.
“What I want to do is bring as much money in for the pool as I can,” he said.
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of City Hall.