GLEN DALE - Mayor David Blazer, Recorder Gerald Trembush and former Glen Dale Water Department Manager Joe K. Blair all have different opinions of what makes Glen Dale a good place to live, but they all agree that the city's greatest strength is its people.
"There's always safety in Glen Dale," Blazer said.
"You see people out walking on the sidewalks anytime of day," said Trembush. "It's just a nice little, quiet town. There's just really good people and nice neighborhoods."
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"The best thing about Glen Dale is the neighborhoods," agreed Blair, whose record of service to the city has lasted more than 30 years. Blair said he can count on one hand the number of times residents of the city ever gave him trouble. "The people are wonderful."
Trembush said the Glen Dale Police Department helps ensure residents' safety, but he also said neighbors look out for each other. He said he was out shopping recently and received a call from a neighbor who had found his pet running loose.
The neighbor not only caught the animal but returned it to the property and called to let him know.
"We're just a tight-knit community," Blazer said.
All three men spoke approvingly of the fact that Glen Dale has multiple churches and community organizations stationed throughout the neighborhoods where people can interact.
Businesses such as Reynolds Memorial Hospital and oil and gas companies also bring money into the community, further assisting in maintaining it.
"Right now we're pretty solid with businesses," Trembush said.
Blazer mentioned that the municipal workers and community leaders have expressed the desire for a new municipal building to replace the one located along W.Va. 2.
"We'd like to get a new city building and fire station," Blazer said.
Both Trembush and Blair mentioned a private storage area on the south end of Glen Dale that they believe needs cleaned up. Blair said the space is covered with old pipes and other hardware that does not look good to people driving through town.
"Just a few private properties need cleaned up," Trembush agreed. "They just make a little bit of a mess."
Blazer added the city of Glen Dale offers a collection of recreational activities for children and families, including two city parks.
He added that one of the city parks will actually be receiving improvements in the near future to make it even better.