Nitro council appoints John Montgomery to fill seat
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro City Council appointed John Montgomery to fill a vacancy on council during a meeting Tuesday night.Montgomery, a tax lawyer who had worked for the state, has already served on the council's ordinance and planning committees, Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt said. Montgomery had previously run for mayor, in 2008, and was defeated. What impressed Casebolt about Montgomery's character was how he jumped into city government after the election and stayed involved."He will be a huge asset," Casebolt said. "He's very knowledgeable about taxes."Also Tuesday, council members approved Baker Engineering of Cross Lanes to conduct the second phase of the city's streetscape project. The project would add sidewalks to both sides of 21st Street, from Bank Street to Second Avenue, Casebolt said. Council members also talked about applying for grants to put a police officer in each city school, or at least one to share between Nitro High School and Nitro Elementary School.Also Tuesday, council members discussed possible changes to the city littering law and talked about applying fees for vacant buildings, as Dunbar and other councils have moved to do, Casebolt said. The ordinance committee will take up the littering and vacant building discussions and come back to the full council with proposals at a later date.