Council Discusses Hotel Collapse

The former Raindow Hotel on the corner of Mill and Court streets continues to be a hazard to local buildings and residents.

The partial collapse of the former Rainbow Hotel was discussed briefly at Monday afternoon’s Grantsville town council meeting.
Mayor Ron Blanken-ship reported that he had been in touch with the building’s owner, who he said was “ready and willing to cooperate” in its removal.
Blankenship said that he had spoken to Del. Roger Hanshaw, who suggested contacting the National Guard, which possibly could use the removal as a project.
Most agreed that the building would collapse before it could become a FEMA buyout project, which could take at least two years.
Other citizens’ concerns included:
–Repainting the blue handicap spaces and putting up additional handicap parking signs;
–Enforcing the town’s ordinances on property cleanup and accumulated trash;
–Stop sign needing to be replaced at the inter-section of Mill and River streets;
–Potholes in streets and roads, some of which will be repaired by the Dept. of Highways within a week or two, and others that are the responsibility of the Town of Grantsville.
Tim Meeks of Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council reported that additions and changes to the water project would increase the amount to $4.1 million, including increased borrowing from $600,000 to $1.4 million.
Meeks said that he be-lieved this would increase the average water bill by $4 to $5 per month, but it could be higher by the time the project is completed in two years.
Council approved a drawdown of $13,962 for Dunn Engineering on the water project.
Members also approved the hiring of Charles McCroskey as a part-time police officer, when needed, especially in an emergency.
The council will be on Monday, June 4, 4 p.m., in the courthouse little courtroom.