DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar City Council members agreed to spend $4,500 on emergency street repairs at the corner of Pine Circle and Walnut Street at a regular meeting Monday night.According to Ron Byrnside, the sanitary department director, around 200 feet of corrugated metal piping rusted through on the top and bottom, causing a large sinkhole to form. Byrnside said that the whole pipe would have to be replaced and estimated that the work could be completed by late fall at the earliest.In other business, council agreed to give raises to all the city department heads. The ordinance increasing compensation for the positions of fire chief, public works director, police chief, deputy fire chief and building inspector passed unanimously.Public works Director Terry Greenlee, who is currently pulling double duty as the city's recreation department director, invited everyone to come out to the city's Fall Festival this weekend.
As in previous years, the festival will be held downtown on Friday and Saturday. The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday. There will also be lots of music and games and food from various vendors. Police Chief Earl Whittington reiterated that the festival is a family event and will be strictly non-alcoholic.Building inspector Hugh Leishman urged citizens who own pools or have any areas of standing water on their property to chlorinate or drain them in order to do their part to control the city's mosquito population. Leishman stressed the importance of these preventative measures in light of the recent outbreaks of West Nile Virus in Ohio.