City to start paving

The City of Charleston plans to spend a half million dollars more on paving this year after a harsh winter left many potholes in its wake.

Charleston City Council approved Monday evening $1,337,850 to hire West Virginia Paving, Inc., to fill potholes. Paving is set to begin April 21.

“We’d spend $3 [million] if we had it,” City Engineer Chris Knox said.

Mayor Danny Jones urged council members present at the Finance Committee meeting -- which precedes the council meeting -- to reach out to legislators for the repair of state roads that run through the city. Those roads include Oakwood Road, MacCorkle Avenue, Kanawha Boulevard and Washington Street, Jones said.

“If we’re going to get the state to take care of it … we need to get these legislators to help us out,” Jones said.

Council members Monday also adopted a resolution encouraging Kanawha County voters to support the renewal of an excess tax levy of 10.06 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value.

The city receives about $2.2 million in levy proceeds, which funds ambulance service through the Charleston Fire Department, as well as grants through the emergency services fund, the resolution states.

It also funds the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority, the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and an emergency services fund that provides money for first responder services in the city and county.

The levy is up for a vote May 13 of this year.

Also Monday, a bill was introduced that would sell two lots for $11,000 on Hanna Drive on behalf of the Charleston Sanitary Board. The lots are no longer needed, according to the bill. The lots would be sold by public auction, but the city and the board want to retain their oil, gas and mineral rights.

In other business, Council:

- Created a restricted use area at 5710 MacCorkle Ave. in Kanawha City -- currently occupied by the West Virginia Housing Development Fund -- that prohibits residential use and groundwater extraction, except for groundwater monitoring or remediation. An environmental assessment showed the brownfield site contains “chemicals of concern” that have started to flow into surrounding groundwater. The chemicals are from the former operation of a glass factory at the site.

- Extended the maturity date of a standby letter of credit from JP Morgan Chase Bank from May 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015 at a cost of $3,475. The letter of credit provides security in lieu of a surety bond for liability of potential workers’ compensation claims.

- Renewed a letter of credit from City National Bank for $328,000. The credit is for the bonding of permitted acreage at the city landfill.

- Refunded Huntington National Bank and James R. Vannoy and Sons Construction Company for overpaying Business and Occupation taxes to the city. The refunds are $10,195 and $47,559, respectively.

- Approved an emergency contract of $60,000 to Thaxton Construction Co. for the installation of a pile and lagging retaining wall on Observatory Road.

- Administered $25,000 to the E-4 Program on Charleston’s East End. The funds are provided by the state’s Division of Energy Efficiency Grant Program.

- Approved a settlement of $19,000 between Marcia R. Harrison and the city and Daniel Anderson for a May 28, 2011 motor vehicle accident.

- Approved the purchase of two packer truck and two wood chippers at a cost of $249,240 and $69,000, respectively.

- Approved a bid from Rish Company Equipment for the Street Department’s use of a blacktop paver at a cost of $69,325.

- Approved the $55,697 for purchase of a mini excavator and replacement of a rubber track shoe.

- Recognized the Capital High School chess team for its fourth West Virginia State High School Chess Championship. Team members include Kevin Roy, William Roy, Phillip Sears and Jeremiah Weintraub.

Reach Rachel Molenda at or 304-348-5102.

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