ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- The St. Albans Ward 2 Council seat is finally filled.Council voted 8-2 for Lee Roberts, a local businessman, to fill the vacant seat.The seat has been vacant since September when JD Adkins moved out of the ward and submitted his resignation.After months of waiting for Adkins' party to supply names of candidates, council voted in January to nominate candidates themselves.Council nominated Roberts and Shirley Hyatt at the last meeting. Both candidates addressed council briefly before the vote."I do have a business here, I am involved in the community and I do want to make a positive difference," Roberts said.
Roberts was sworn in and will serve until June 30, when the term runs out. Roberts said he already filed to be on the ballot for the next term.John Boles, Robert Keiffer, Dan Cain, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Donelson, Loretta Griffith, Kevin Pennington and Ron Colby voted for Roberts.Helen Warren and Jerry Cogar voted for Hyatt. Desper Lemon was absent.Roberts owns Tornado Products, a cleaning business in St. Albans. He said he is also active in the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and several other city organizations.Mayor Dick Callaway also swore in a new police officer. Michael Farry will start working Tuesday as a patrolman. He has four years of experience with South Charleston.Council also approved the second reading of four ordinances that update existing codes.The first ordinance prohibits operating a vehicle without evidence of registration. The second prohibits using a license plate or registration from another car. The third prohibits breaking into vehicles and other mobile equipment. Finally, the last ordinance updates part of the zoning code.