SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston City Council members approved a resolution Thursday to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a grant to purchase flood-prone property that needs to be torn down.
The owner of a house on Columbia Street next to Jefferson Park requested the action.
"There is an uncertified dike around Jefferson Park and the property is well below the 100-year flood plain," Sanitary Board Director Steve DeBarr said. "If this is approved by the State and FEMA, the federal agency will purchase the property, the house will be demolished and the land set aside for green space."
The city will not have to spend any money on the project, but will "have to maintain the property," said Mayor Frank Mullens.
The city also approved a $188,549 bid from Steven's Auto Center in Danville to buy seven new police vehicles. The vehicles incle four Ford Tauruses, two Ford Explorers and a Ford Fusion.
The expense to the city, however, will be only $109,549 because the police department is contributing $79,000.
"The funds come from the seizure account," said Police Chief Brad Rinehart. "It's money collected from drug raids and asset forfeiture."
The funds were collected over about eight months, he said.