NITRO, W.Va. -- Nitro City Council members approved an ordinance outlining administrative duties for City Treasurer John Young at the regular meeting Tuesday night.Under the ordinance, Young will continue negotiating and settling private tax and fee delinquencies for the city, with council's approval to settle amounts exceeding $20,000.The ordinance requires Young to obtain either the mayor's or the recorder's signature on larger settlements and will require Young to present monthly reports of all settlements to council, according to Nitro Attorney Richie Robb. Settlements ensure that the city can recoup some of the losses from liens in situations where payment of the total expenses seems unlikely.Robb said his idea doesn't really change anything, but that an ordinance would reflect Young's authority.Also on Tuesday, council members approved an ordinance on its first reading to increase municipal court fees. The cost would increase from $10 to $25, according to Court Clerk Robin Smith. Smith said that the fee has not been increased since 1988 and the increase will offset the rising cost of maintaining the court.There will a public hearing during the next council meeting on Oct. 16 before the ordinance will be up for adoption.
In other business, Nitro City Council passed a resolution to enter a land covenant agreement with the Monsanto Company over a five-acre piece of land at the Heizer Creek Landfill. Attorney Nate Bowles, who represents Monsanto, said the resolution is meant to make certain that this small area of land, which is capped to contain hazardous waste there, will not be disturbed by development anytime in the future.Bowles also said that Monsanto maintains the fenced-in area where the hazardous materials, including Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), was reclaimed and fitted with a plastic cap to prevent leaching.Finally, several citizens voiced complaints during the public comments at the end of the meeting.Local business owner Melissa Rucker complained that city trucks removed advertising signs worth $200 for her business from an adjacent property. The signs in question were on private property and were thrown away, Rucker said.Mayor Dave Casebolt said that city trucks were assigned to remove signs all over the city and not just specifically the signs owned by Rucker. Casebolt told Rucker that he would speak to the property maintenance board about her situation soon.Craig Brannon, another local business owner, also complained of his signs being removed by city trucks, although he said he was able to retrieve those signs. Resident Dick Patton complained about speed bumps installed near his home on 41st Street. Police Chief Brian Oxley said that the two temporary speed bumps were installed to deter all motorists except those who live on 41st Street.