DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar City Council members agreed Monday to raise the annual salary of the city manager by $500 starting in July, Mayor Jack Yeager said.Currently, Yeager acts as both city manager and mayor. A new mayor will step in starting in July, and could accept both roles or ask council members to hire a city manager.Yeager said last month he would not run for re-election this year.Altogether, the new mayor would get a $2,500 pay increase and, if acting as city manager, a $3,000 total raise, Yeager said. That would increase the mayor's salary from $38,000 to $41,000.Last month, council members also approved a $3,000 raise for the city clerk, from $36,000 to $39,000.Also at Monday's council meeting, City Council members passed an ordinance on first reading that would assess a fee for vacant buildings. Council must take up the proposed ordinance at another meeting.
The idea behind the fee is that if a building is occupied, it generates some kind of revenue for the city, Yeager said. But vacant buildings still need attention from the city, he said.The ordinance, which is similar to ones on the books in Charleston and Wheeling, could help cut down on the number of vacant buildings in Dunbar and act as a deterrent. Also Monday, council members approved an automated response agreement with the city of South Charleston that would have emergency officials from each city helping those in the other with fires and other emergency calls.For instance, if a fire is reported at Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, Dunbar firefighters would respond immediately, Yeager said.Likewise, South Charleston firefighters and other emergency crews would immediately respond to certain calls in Dunbar.