Dunbar council adopts jail fee, court cost fine increases

By Aran Jenkins
DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar City Council members adopted several ordinances at the regular meeting Monday night, including ones to increase the city's jail fee and to increase fines related to court costs. Council member Gail Harper directed the meeting in Mayor Jack Yeager's absence.First, an ordinance was adopted that will increase the city's jail fee. According to Harper, the purpose is for the city to recoup the increased costs of housing inmates. Second, an ordinance was adopted that will increase the fines for court costs. According to Harper, the purpose is to recoup the increasing costs of court cases and hearings. A mandatory public hearing was held at 6:30 p.m. and closed at 6:44 p.m. before the proposed rates increases were voted on.
Third, an ordinance was adopted to prevent drivers from texting and operating cellphones without hands-free devices while driving. Harper said that this ordinance simply brings the city in line with state code, which will enable city police to issue citations through municipal court.Last, an ordinance regulating the use of motorized carts and scooters will require mandatory reflective surfaces and flags on the vehicles so they are more visible to motorists at all hours.Finally, Harper and council members promoted and swore in four city firefighters during the meeting.David "Butch" Ellis was officially promoted to fire chief. Chris Thornhill was promoted to deputy fire chief and Jason Burger was promoted to assistant fire chief. Tad Staats was promoted to the rank of captain. Family and friends were in attendance. 
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