City hears from transportation director

The four-way stops on East Main Street in Buckhannon appear to be beneficial for school bus traffic, the director of the Upshur County Schools Transportation Department stated in a recent letter to Buckhannon City Council.

Many buses have to navigate the street, some several times a day, Sherry Dean pointed out in her letter.

“The four-way stops have saved time and reduced the congestion that occurred when the stop lights were active,” Dean wrote.

Dean stated the bus drivers have told her that when the stop lights were active, the drivers had to sit through multiple cycles before they were able to proceed on their routes. They have been able to proceed more quickly because of the four-way stops, which helped eliminate congestion in the area.

“It is our consensus that the new stop signs are very beneficial,” Dean said.

Also during the recent Buckhannon City Council meeting, City Administrator Michael Doss said Buckhannon was approved for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements from Superstorm Sandy damages in the amount of $14,942.

He also said the United States Department of Agriculture closed on the funding for the conference center project on Brushy Fork Road.

The City Council also approved a 5-kilometer race for Special Olympics to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7. A WE LEAD Children and Youth Issue group from West Virginia Wesleyan College requested the use of Main Street or other city streets for the run. Proceeds from the run will support programming costs for the Special Olympics.

In other news, thousands of Buckhannon residents may have unclaimed property.

The published version of the unclaimed property list in Buckhannon is just a small portion of the actual list, Councilwoman Pam Cuppari said, noting that more than 2,000 people in Buckhannon have unclaimed properties. The unclaimed properties are in excess of $1 million.

“You might want to call and find out if you are listed,” Cuppari said.

Recorder Rich Clemens said he would add a link about the properties to the city’s website. Anyone who is interested in learning about unclaimed properties may call the West Virginia Treasurer’s office at 304-588-2937 or 1-800-642-8687 for a free search through the state’s unclaimed property records.