On Wednesday, President Joseph Biden announced he'll be visiting East Palestine in February, nearly a year after the train derailment that uprooted the community.

The village manager there says they welcome Biden, and any potential aid that comes with him.

"I think better late than never and I do understand the inner workings of government can get tricky.", said Chad Evans, who took over the leadership role in November.

One business owner along East Taggart Street, an artery that runs east-west through town tells 21 News that they are trying to get back to where they were pre-derailment.

"I really don't care about that--'he comes a year later for what?' What is he going to do?", said Robert Figley, owner of Brushville Supply.

The President also being met with criticism, not only from political opponents like former president Donald Trump, but business owners and residents who are upset that he waited this long to come. While he is skeptical, Robert Figley is trying to be optimistic too.

"A lot of positive things could happen, we'll see what he does.", Figley added.

Community advocate Misti Allision called the announcement a positive.  She hopes the visit comes with some sort of announcement and not just a photo op.

"In a dream state I would love for President Biden to be able to announce some federal grants that are made available and federal funding.", Allison explained.

A disaster declaration has still not been made as FEMA officials say they are drafting an assessment of community needs before presenting it to local, state and federal partners.