WJ community center won’t appear on ballot

By Brandon Semler - bsemler@civitasmedia.com

The community center project in West Jefferson has been tabled, and will not appear on the ballot in November, West Jefferson Village Council President Ron Garver announced this week.

Garver said the projected costs for the village, which were about $500,000 per year, were too high to pursue at this time.

“We didn’t want to put this council or another in jeopardy to have to come up with tax dollars to support it,” Garver told The Press Thursday.

The project, which has been heavily debated by council in previous months, is still in Phase 2 of its feasibility study performed by architecture company Moody Nolan. Phase two of the study will include determining size, location and funding.

Jefferson Township trustees have previously said they would not be interested in joining the village to create a park district for the venture.

Garver said the decision was reached at the community center committee meeting a few weeks ago. He will continue to search for ways to fund the center with the committee even after he retires at the end of the year, he said.

Despite the project not making the ballot this year, Garver said he would still like to see the center come to fruition in the future.

“It’s something I’d still like to see,” Garver said.

The Mt. Sterling Community Center is a model that the committee has looked at, Garver said, but organizers were able to find some big sponsors for the center in the village, which West Jefferson has yet to find.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.


By Brandon Semler