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Legislative panel talks Sports Hall of Fame, U.S. 250 at Marion County event

By Tiffany Towner

Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A public discussion at Fairmont State University Friday with local delegates and state senators shed some light on some upcoming projects for not just Marion County, but also West Virginia.

Sen. Robert Beach

Delegates Mike Caputo, Linda Longstreth and Guy Ward joined state Senators Robert Beach and Roman Prezioso to answer questions submitted by the public at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Legislative Breakfast.


One of the announcements made at the event came from Beach (D – Monongalia, 13), who said he is working on a piece of legislation that would establish Marion County as the home for a West Virginia sports hall of fame.

The idea came after seeing website for a sports hall of fame in another state, he said, which got him thinking about a similar institution in West Virginia.

“With the history here in Marion County, I thought, what a perfect fit,” Beach said.

He started crafting the legislation for the endeavor a few weeks ago, he said, and hopes to see it back on his desk soon.

“There’s a lot of sports history in the state of West Virginia, I’d like to see it all collected here,” Beach said.

He told the assembled crowd that he’s hoping for their support of the initiative.

Delegate Mike Caputo

During a Q&A discussion at the event, the representatives were asked to discuss a permanent fix for the rock slippage on Route 250. Caputo fielded the question.

“That’s a very difficult subject and concerning to Marion County,” he said.

He mentioned that many people avoid driving down Route 250, and added that it’s likely that all the representatives on the panel have had a conversation with the Department of Highways about the issue.

Caputo pointed out that the land is privately owned. Referencing a conversation he had with the department last year when there was slippage, Caputo said he suggested sending a bill to the owners every time the road has to be cleaned up.

“…Because the taxpayers of Marion County are not only risking life and limb going through there, but we’re paying a lot of money to clean up the mess,” Caputo said. “It’s something that we all want to deal with, but we’re just not getting answers or the cooperation … from not only the landowners, but everybody involved to get that fixed.” …

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