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Pastor CJ Plogger addresses the city council about his plans for the future of the area around the church.

MOUNDSVILLE – A community church hopes to turn its part of the block into a youth centre, women’s crisis centre, events center and day care centre, with the first parts opening later this summer.

Pastor CJ Plogger of Ash Avenue Church of God gave a tentative Labor Day opening date for the Future of Moundsville Youth Center, finding a new purpose for the former Solid Rock Church. In addition to the youth center, a new three-story building will serve a dual purpose, housing the Wellspring Pregnancy Center and a shelter for battered, separated or needy women.

A new building will house the Multi-Ministerial Center, also serving as an events center, and the current church sanctuary converted into offices and a Christian preschool and daycare center, which Plogger hopes to one day become a Christian school.

Plogger addressed Moundsville City Council in an otherwise lighthearted meeting on Tuesday evening, explaining the outline of the plan to expand the church’s campus, brimming with new goals.

“God has given me and Ash Avenue Church of God a vision — it’s a four-phase vision,” Plogger said. “…We believe Moundsville is a great city, and we want to make sure others know it’s a great city. We need to spend time with our children and spend our time with women who are beaten and abused.

The youth center will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center will focus on young people between the ages of 12 and 18.

The center will also organize private lessons, which students will be required to do if their grades drop. Tutoring and supervision will come in part from members of the community and from West Liberty University’s Department of Education. A recreation area will include pool tables, air hockey, foosball tables and video game consoles. It will also include a computer center, a music room and a rest room.

Plogger said as of Tuesday, work inside the building was about 70% complete and the city’s fire chief and building instructor were helpful with walk-throughs to respond to questions. concerns and needs.

Additionally, he said the center would look after recreation and fellowship for children outside the age range of typical youth programs.

“We intentionally chose this age range because all of you in the city are doing great things – the splash (pad, at Four Seasons Pool) is wonderful, but you’re not going to run a 15-year-old under a flower in the shape of a sprinkler. … If you’re 15, you don’t want a 7 or 8 year old either.

“There are opportunities for kids, little guys, but other than school activities, there aren’t many activities for our youngsters in this age group,” Plogger added. “We wanted to offer a place, but a place with an expectation. … They come to learn how to become better human beings.

In other council business, City Manager Rick Healy said the city received part of the $1.8 million U.S. bailout funding it would receive.

A large portion, about $1.1 million, would go towards upgrading the city’s infrastructure, such as water, stormwater and sanitation. The rest, Healy said, would go to grants to help the community in other ways, such as a Business Assistance Grant, an Exterior Renovation Grant for Residents and a Food Bank and a Purpose Assistance Grant. non-profit.

Businesses that can demonstrate a loss of revenue during COVID can apply for up to $5,000 in grants, and residents could qualify for the same amount for future exterior renovation projects.

“I feel like we can spread the money around and really help a lot of different people,” Healy said. “…It’s a small amount of money; businesses have really taken a hit during COVID, everyone knows that. We felt we had to do something for our businesses. Once they meet the guidelines and they’re eligible, $5000 might not go that far, but that’s a good step, as far as saying we’ll throw this out and you to help.

Applications will be available at the city building or online starting Monday.

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