GAULEY BRIDGE — Strides have been made because the city continues to rework the previous Gauley Bridge Elementary Faculty into city corridor.
The newest transfer was the ribbon slicing earlier this week for the Gauley Bridge Health Middle, which is positioned within the space of a number of the school rooms within the former college, which was closed on the finish of the 2021-22 college yr and transferred over to the city by the Fayette County Board of Schooling.
Gauley Bridge Mayor Bob Scott was joined by different city representatives and members of most people on Jan. 16 to formally christen the middle.
Based on Scott and Penny Brouillard, city recorder/treasurer, about $20,000 in Coronavirus Assist, Reduction and Financial Safety (CARES) funding was used to safe quite a few items of name new weightlifting and cardio tools from Dick’s Sporting Items to be used by the and surrounding neighborhood space.
“We’ve got free weights, dumbbells, a squat leg press machine, a multi machine, weightlifting racks, 900 kilos price of free weights proper now,” Brouillard stated final week. “As for the cardio facet, we’ve 4 state-of-the-art treadmills, we’ve a Nordic Observe rowing machine, we’ve two recumbent bicycles, an upright bicycle and an elliptical.”
“There’s fairly a range in there proper now,” Scott stated Monday. The city can be fielding suggestions from residents for another tools they may wish to see within the heart, Scott stated.
“(City workers) and council talked about one thing we may do, not only for Gauley Bridge however the surrounding neighborhood, and this was probably the greatest choices we got here up with,” stated the mayor. The purpose was “to get health going and provides folks one thing to do year-round, not simply in the summertime, not simply within the winter, however year-round.”
The health heart challenge concerned altering former school rooms right into a extra open section.
Those that register as members can have their very own entry code and may use the middle anytime. “You’ve gotten 24-7 entry to return within the constructing and use the constructing,” Brouillard stated. There are bogs, and a number of other surveillance cameras are in place, she famous.
Membership charges are $30 per thirty days for people. Different month-to-month charges embrace: $50 for 2 folks/couple; $20 per particular person for a household of three or extra; and every day fee of $5 per day.
There’s additionally a particular one-year sign-up price of $275 for a single membership. Registration and cost should happen by Jan. 20.
City corridor hours are from 7 am to three pm Monday by way of Friday for anybody who desires to register. Questions may be directed to 1-304-632-2505 or 1-304-632-4141.
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The primary day within the new city corridor after years working in a historic, former railroad depot downtown was the primary day the city and surrounding communities started to get better from extreme flooding in mid-August 2022. “After all, we did get hit with the flood proper out of the gate,” Scott stated. The city continues to be coping with a number of the lingering points from that, he famous.
“Our first day right here was coping with the flood; in actual fact, the fitness center flooded,” Brouillard added.
Residents are getting accustomed to the brand new location, and extra actions are beginning to trickle in, Scott stated.
“Just about everyone’s adjusted,” the mayor stated. “There’s nonetheless a number of folks not used to it being up right here but.
“We’ve got much more room right here. We are able to have much more stuff right here.”
The additional house got here in helpful, for instance, because the city and its residents handled the flood aftermath.
Scott and Brouillard each stated discussions are ongoing with a person who’s contemplating initiating a day care heart onsite. Additionally, the gymnasium is being rented for actions comparable to basketball and pickleball. A few of these actions beforehand occurred within the former Gauley Bridge Excessive Faculty constructing throughout the road that functioned as a neighborhood heart previously. That constructing—nonetheless owned by the city—is in disrepair and never getting used.
“We’re attempting to not solely use it (the newer constructing) for Gauley Bridge however use it for the entire neighborhood round us,” Scott stated.
Different prospects exist, too. “If anyone’s , we have nonetheless received house,” he stated. “We’ll lease rooms out (maybe in a small enterprise incubator-type state of affairs).”
City council meets two Tuesdays a month within the new city corridor, and the police division is onsite.
Curiosity has been expressed by people desirous to lease the previous city corridor, Scott stated.
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