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St. Albans council OKs Skinner Drive repairs

By Kristin Ledford
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Months of hard work are finally paying off for residents along Skinner Drive in St. Albans.St. Albans City Council authorized Mayor Dick Callaway to use a $20,000 grant from the state House of Delegates to repair and upgrade the road.Callaway said a similar grant for $15,000 is currently pending in the Senate.The money will be used to pave the road, remove several trees and upgrade the water drainage system."We have agreements with the people who live in that area, that if the legislators come through with the needed money ... the city will take Skinner Drive into the city system," Callaway said.Many of the residents who live along the dead-end road along with parishioners from St. Andrew United Methodist Church attended Monday's meeting to show support.
"It's very rough to travel up, and also the drainage system - it will eliminate a big water problem we have up there," said parishioner Dave Brucker.City crews will perform the work, which will start pending the outcome of the grant from the Senate.Council also approved a bid for a new rescue truck for the fire department. Fire Chief Stephen Parsons secured several grants for the truck. Callaway said the grants bring the cost of the $207,000 truck down to about $5,500.Finally, Council approved a motion to contact the Peoples' Party regarding the resignation of Councilman JD Adkins.Adkins resigned last month after moving outside of Ward Two. The party will submit three candidates to council, which will vote on Adkins' replacement. The replacement will hold office until the next election in June 2013. 
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