Dunbar city council members are looking ahead to the city's election on June 4, when city residents will elect a new mayor.Early this year, Mayor Jack Yeager announced he would not run for re-election, which opens the mayoral seat for either the city's public works director, Democrat Terry Greenlee, or Republican Michael Hall.The city clerk's position also will be contested, in addition to several council seats.During a city council meeting Monday, council member Everette Sullivan urged residents to get out and vote in the election. He cited a dismal 9 percent voter turnout in the city's most recent election.City Clerk Ross Harrison also encouraged residents to vote early at Dunbar City Hall starting Wednesday and continuing through June 1. With the exception of Sunday and Memorial Day, early voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at city hall and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two Saturdays.Also Monday, a resident asked about some stoplights that are out on W.Va. 25 inside Dunbar city limits. Council member Gail Harper said it's a safety problem that the state should help resolve.Yeager said he would contact state Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox's office about the traffic lights.
In other news, Dunbar recreation consultant Aaron Settle said that Shawnee Park's swimming pool would open at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the city is planning a big Fourth of July celebration at the park.He also said a film crew is planning to shoot a scene in the city's recreation center this summer for a Hatfield and McCoy reality show.Dunbar Police Chief Earl Whittington said the city is in the process of hiring a new police officer, who is expected to undergo training at the nearby West Virginia State Police Academy by about mid-July.Whittington also invited the public to an open house for the city's new police department on Leone Lane. The open house is scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 31. Also during the meeting, Hugh Leishman, the city's building inspector, said that Dunbar's Kroger is expecting to open a new fueling station where drivers can fill up. It will likely be ready to open sometime in July, he said. Also Monday, council members:
- Approved a $3,895 bid for a "zero-turn" mower for use in the city. Earlier in the meeting, Greenlee said the city has sent out between 30 and 35 notices for residents to trim their lawns. Still, he noted that the rate his own grass has grown this spring causes him to fret.
"It woke me up last night around midnight," he joked. "I heard it growing."
- Approved a $2,827 bid for a new transmission for a police cruiser.