Congressman Collects Council's Concerns

Fixing-and widening-Parkersburg's streets...

One of the issues members of city council Monday discussed with U.S Congressman David McKinley.

Another-was the needs of area veterans.

The soon to be closed St. Joseph's campus of Camden Clark Medical Center has been discussed before as a veterans facility.

A council member asked McKinley if that discussion should be re-opened.

"Now, with the other health care problems for veterans, and the fact that there seems to be so many delays in the availability of the building" asked District 8 Councilman John Kelly, "what's the possibility of converting that to a Veterans Administration hospital."

Congressman McKinley said it's doubtful that would happen anytime soon.

He added the VA has its hands full now, with the controversy that led last week to the resignation of the administration's secretary.

District #2 Councilwoman Sharon Lynch says Blizzard Drive has seen more traffic in the past decade with the opening of the South Side Wal-Mart, and could see a lot more with the cracker plant becoming a reality.

McKinley said the federal highway department has the same revenue problems the West Virginia Department of Highways has: more fuel-efficient cars mean less gas usage and less revenue from federal and state gasoline taxes.

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