KEYSER - As the City of Keyser's grant writer continues to work toward funding for a study on the feasibility of a new City Hall, he will also work on some smaller projects - including possible funding for a new phone system for the city offices and police department.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - As the City of Keyser’s grant writer continues to work toward funding for a study on the feasibility of a new City Hall, he will also work on some smaller projects - including possible funding for a new phone system for the city offices and police department.
The Keyser City Council hired David Smarik in September as a contracted grant writer to research, apply for and administer grants for various projects within the city.
In October, the officials asked him to concentrate on one major project - a new City Hall.
This month, however, Smarik offered to work on some smaller projects for the city - even as he continues to seek funding and a person to conduct the feasibility study for the new building.
“I’d like to present the council with a full proposal sometime around the first of the year,” he said, adding that even this first step toward a new building can involve much work and waiting.
“It seems like there’s a lot of money out there, but putting all the pieces together can be difficult,” he said.
Smarik then asked if there were any smaller projects he could work on during his “down time” with the larger project, and council member Terry Liller suggested a grant “to replace the city’s communication and telephone system.”
“Quite a bit of it is old and antiquated,” he said.
Liller referred to a previous incident in which the city had the opportunity to obtain a grant for such a purpose, but said, “We blew it,” adding that he was not referring to anyone currently on the council.
The council agreed to allow Smarik to proceed with seeking grant money for the phones.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. Jan. 9.