Bluefield Daily Telegraph
After conducting a third and final public hearing, the Mercer County Commission voted Tuesday to approve a border adjustment that brings more than 30 acres of land along John Nash Boulevard into the city of Bluefield.
Nobody spoke against the boundary change during the commission’s January meeting at the Mercer County Courthouse. County Commission President Mike Vinciguerra asked Brian Cochran, the Bluefield city attorney, if the annexation included any private property.
Cochran said the entire tract, approximately 34 acres, had been purchased by the city and the Bluefield Transit Authority. It did not contain any private homes or businesses.
Commissioner Gene Buckner moved to approve the annexation request. Vinciguerra seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Commissioner Joe Coburn did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.
Greg Shrewsbury, Bluefield’s economic development director, said after the vote that the Bluefield Transit Authority could move to John Nash Boulevard by the end of the year.
“So that would put it anywhere in the October, November, December time frame,” he said..
Bids are being taken on construction, Shrewsbury said. A federal grant worth approximately $3 million is funding the project.
Having the land within city limits will prove to be a plus, he said.
“This will help us market it. Now we can tell any potential developers that it’s in city limits; and for any potential developer, that’s a positive. They get the benefits of being in the city — fire service, police service, that sort of thing,” Shrewsbury said.