The Best on Main Street

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

A community is only as good as its people.

The people of Kanawha City are working to improve their community and they're using other parts of town as a guide.

A couple of communities in Charleston are already well on their way to having successful organizations.

The president of the Kanawha City group says people in the community realized, without an association, they were missing out.

So with the help of the other groups, they too are now well on their way.

Kanawha City, one of Charleston's communities, and like a number of others, is working to improve the quality of life.

Rick Burka, President of the Kanawha City Community Association, said, "We want to bring that recapturing the village theme back. I think the other communities, west side, east end want to bring it back as well. And they have great organization and have been up running a lot longer than we have and we feel we've made great strides but we're just trying to catch up with them."

Jessica Lane, Vice President of the Kanawha City Community Association, said, "We have good communication. We've looked to them for how to do our newsletter, how to do our boards and some of our visions for the future we borrow from them."

John Miller, Charleston City Council, "We're all going to work together to clean up Charleston."

This June, the three associations will team up for a clean up day and the people involved hope that helps attract more interest.

Miller said, "We want to make sure that the neighbors keep up their property and the upkeep, and Kanawha City is a real nice place to live, it's convenient and we want to keep it that way."

Lifelong resident Lynn Ugland says she's thrilled to see this kind of rejuvenation of her community.

Ugland said, "That's what we're trying to accomplish, so people who live in Kanawha City and people who live elsewhere around Charleston, the greater Charleston area realize what a great place Kanawha City is."

Burka said, "With people being involved, people putting skin in the game, we can make some major changes."

Members of the Kanawha City Association says they have a good core group of people since they began organizing two years ago.

One of their main goals is to get more and more people involved. They have both short and long term goals and some of those include improving bike trails and doing a better job of separating all the businesses from the homes.

The Kanawha City Association meets every three months.

On Thursday, members brought in a speaker to talk about how to best prepare for a disaster.

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