FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Fairmont City Council met Tuesday evening and held a public hearing for an ordinance to purchase additional land for the West Fairmont Rail-Trail System.
The council unanimously passed the ordinance which will allow the city to buy the property from Industrial Resources, Inc. The city will also develop easements for the property that the city is not buying. Officials said this will give the city site control and access to land from Norway Tressel where the trail currently ends to CSX’s land, of which the city is pending purchase.
“This is the most ideal location for us to be able to construct a rail trail, or a biking trail, or a running path, or any type of multimode trail, however our citizens what to view it, right. Because it will accommodate a number of different users and how they want to utilize it,” said Shae Strait, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Fairmont.
Also, officials stated that the city is a river community that currently lacks access to its riverfront, especially on the West side of Fairmont. They also added the end goal is to connect the trail to the beltline neighborhood and downtown linking all the trails together for continuous travel.