NITRO, W.Va. -- Nitro City Council members unanimously approved Councilman Andy Shamblin's recommendation Tuesday that the city enter into negotiations with BCI -- a locally owned and operated sports jujitsu training facility for adults and children -- to occupy the second floor of the old A-1 Carpet building located on 20th Street.
The city has opted to a reserve use of the first floor for the city and will determine occupancy at a later date.
Mayor Dave Casebolt announced the city will accept bids to have the area at the base of the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge and the corners of each block from 21st Street to 40th Street professionally landscaped.
"This is one of the things recommended in the economic plan presented to council earlier this year," he said. "It's an effort to entice business development. All those empty buildings need to be filled."
Rich Hively of the Nitro Development Authority reported that he has obtained bids on the purchase of two 15-foot-tall statues of World War I soldiers, commonly referred to as doughboys, with a sign indicating the historical significance of Nitro during World War I. These statues are to be positioned at the main entrances into the city on Center Street and on 40th Street, near the I-64 exit ramp.
"This is not just part of a wish list," Hively said. "It's going to come true."
Costs range from $5,000 to $10,000 each. Funding has not yet been secured, he said.
Nitro treasurer John Young reported that the city had already fulfilled its obligation to fund the police and fire pension plans for the fiscal year ending in June 2014.