Dunbar to start newsletter

By By Marta Tankersley
Staff writer

The city of Dunbar will add a newsletter to its monthly sanitation bill, officials said Monday.

Mayor Terry Greenlee said the West Virginia Public Service Commission gave the city permission to insert the one-page public service newsletter into envelops with the bill.

“We need another way to get news out to the people, now that the Dunbar newspaper has quit publishing,” Greenlee said. “The ‘Dunbar Note’ will be one page, front and back, and have news of upcoming events and things going on in the city.”

The Dunbar Neighbors newspaper was published for less than a year before it stopped publication.

In other business, council unanimously passed an ordinance to renew a housing consortium for fiscal years 2015-2017 which makes low interest home loans available to Kanawha County residents. Council also approved a resolution to make revisions to the 2014-2015 budget to reflect a $200,660 surplus.

Recreation Director Lee Painter said that the City Pool at Shawnee Park will close for the summer when the city runs out of chemicals.

“We expect our supply to last another two or three weeks, but since school starts on August 11, we aren’t going to order another batch of chemicals,” he said. “We’ll shut it down once they run out.”

Greenlee said the cost to re-

order chemicals this late in the season is prohibitive, but city officials hope to keep the pool open on the weekends through the end of August.

Sanitation Director Ron Byrnside directed residents to call his office at 304-766-0209 with any complaints about the ongoing construction of the $12.5 million storm water project.

“If anyone has a complaint, there is a process,” he said “Leave a message with your name and address. An inspector will come to your house with a complaint form to be filled out so we can address the issue.”

In other business:

· Bailes announced the city will participate in National Night Out, a program that encourages residents to show unity in their neighborhood crime prevention efforts, Aug. 5.

· Fire Chief Butch Ellis announced the final audible emergency alert siren necessary to “complete the grid” will be installed at the Roxalana Fire Station soon. The siren alerts residents as to the nature of the emergency and gives them instructions, he said.

· Council accepted a $7,600 offer to purchase property on the 400 block of 19th Street where a structure was recently demolished. “People next door bought the lot,” Greenlee said. “With the building codes like they are, they are the only ones who could benefit from it.”

· Approved the payment of membership fees for the Regional Intergovernmental Council that assists with planning, development and intergovernmental cooperation.

· Council also approved payment of invoices totaling $207,262.06.

Reach Marta Tankersley at marta.tankersley@wvgazette.com, 304-348-1249 or follow her on Twitter @MartaRee.

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