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Nitro council members accept street paving bids

By Aran Jenkins
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro City Council members accepted bids for street paving at the regular meeting Tuesday evening. Councilman Bill Javins presented the recommendations of the paving committee.Both bids that were accepted come from West Virginia Paving, and city officials eventually must choose between the two.Javins said that the recommendation was outlined in two plans. According to Javins, Plan "A," which would cost $81,631 and cover Dave Perry Way with additional new parking spaces, Bank Street, the 500 block of Michigan Avenue, the 100 block of Kanawha Avenue South, and Lock Street from Main Avenue to an alleyway.Plan "B" would cost $85,242, covering the previously mentioned streets, and would also cover 11th Street from First to Second Avenue. According to Javins, the difference between each plan revolves around establishing a lease agreement with property owner Jim Marrs.Javins said the city would add additional parking on Marrs' property by way of a 20-year lease agreement, which would roughly cover the life of the asphalt.Javins said that he wanted to meet with Marrs one more time before paving work would begin.Recorder Rita Cox reported to council members about the ongoing process of establishing a new website host for the city. According to Cox, there have been two meetings where bids have been reviewed and the website committee met with several local businesses that submitted bids.
Cox said that the committee would meet at least once more before the final decision is made. She said that the new city website is still tentatively scheduled to be fully functional on Nov. 1.Finally, council members passed three ordinances on first reading at the meeting Tuesday night.* The first would allow the city to install speed bumps in high traffic residential areas to curb consistent complaints of speeding.* The second would establish an appropriate timeframe for residents to put bagged garbage out for pickup each week. This ordinance would help to address the problem of garbage being left out for long periods and being rummaged by animals.* Further, council members adopted on first reading an ordinance to register all independent vendors, especially those vending edible items, within the city.The ordinance states that an annual fee of $15 would be established for those vending businesses. Certified non-profit organizations such as local churches would be exempt from any fees, but would still need to get an annual permit. 
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