ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- St. Albans City Council members amended the city code Monday to make Edgehill Drive -- from the intersection of Elm Street to intersection of Northway Drive -- a one-way street, with traffic traveling northbound.The change is intended to eliminate the crowded congestion on the road so emergency vehicles can traverse it more easily, Mayor Dick Callaway said.Also Monday, council members passed ordinances that authorize the public auction of two vacant lots the city owns. The first lot is on Washington Street across from the Hansford Senior Center. The second is on Monmouth Street.Both will be sold at public auction at city hall, but dates have not yet been set.
City Council members on Monday also purchased a device from Cellebrite for $4,564 that allows the police to pull information from cellphones confiscated during criminal investigations.
The city will also connect with residents by setting up a ring-down phone system that will notify citizens about emergencies, Callaway said.In other news, Callaway said the city has been notified that St. Albans police Officer Brandon Tagayun will be awarded the 2013 U.S. Attorney General's Law Enforcement and Victim's Assistance Award. Tagayun, a member of the Metro Drug Unit, will receive the award based on his successful work in the "Raymond Hersman investigation," Callaway said.In May, a federal jury found Hersman, of Wallback, guilty of selling more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.Also, Callaway said city offices would be closed on Columbus Day, which is Monday.