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Dunbar residents encouraged to participate in National Night Out

By By Marta Tankersley
Staff writer

Dunbar officials are encouraging residents to participate in the National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday.

Residents are encouraged to meet at 6 p.m. and walk in groups, escorted by police officers, through their neighborhoods to “promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie, and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting against crime,” according to a statement prepared by Police Chief Jesse Bailes.

The nationwide effort which will involve more than 35 million people, Bailes said.

“We’ll walk together in neighborhoods to show a solidarity against crime,” he said. “People can talk with officers about their concerns and any suspicious activity they see along the way.”

Ward 1 will meet at Dunbar First Baptist Church on 16th Street, Ward 2 will meet at Dunbar Nazarene Church on 16th Street, Ward 3 will meet at Dunbar Mountain Mission and Ward 4 will meet at the Roxalana Gospel Tabernacle Activities Building.

In other business, council heard the first readings of two animal-related ordinances.

The first, regarding animal cruelty is commonly referred to as a “leash law,” Mayor Terry Greenlee said. It would require that tethered canines be provided food, water and shelter.

The second, regarding urban deer hunting, would allow hunting only on “tracts of two continuous acres or more and within a sufficient distance from the boundary that an arrow cannot reasonably travel outside the permitted tract,” according to the ordinance. Further, hunting can only be “conducted from an elevated portable tree stand.”

This measure is intended to manage an overpopulation of deer within city limits, Councilman Everette Sullivan said. “Deer are so thick, they come up on peoples porches and you just can’t have anything. They eat it all.”

Councilwoman Connie Thompson cast the lone vote against the ordinance, saying she knows that “baby deer won’t be left without a mother before they are weaned, but I’m just an animal lover.” Thompson enjoys watching a doe and twin fawns in a field outside her home, she said.

Greenlee said there is a shortage of salt to treat snow-covered roads this winter.

“I don’t know why there is a shortage of salt, but there evidently is,” he said. “We wanted to order 150 tons of salt, but today we got a letter from America Salt saying they are only allotting half that -- 75 tons. The price last year $61 a ton. This year it’s $109 a ton. We are looking at other companies to supply our needs.”

Tom Montgomery, a representative of the Dunbar Historical Preservation Commission, said that limited-edition prints of an oil painting by Gary O’Kelly depicting the cellars at Wine Cellar Park in 1961 are available for purchase at the mayor’s office for $35. The unframed prints are 20 inches by 24 inches, he said. Post cards are also available.

Proceeds will be used to “bring awareness of the Wine Cellar Park,” Montgomery said.

Council also:

· Presented the city’s Home Rule application to the Board Monday.

· Approved the city’s comprehensive plan.

· Approved $2,222.76 for repairs to garbage truck No. 11 by West Virginia Tractor Company.

· Approved $10,000 for radio and computer equipment for a new police vehicle purchased with a $34,877 Kanawha County Commission Public Safety Grant.

· Approved $3,400 for tree removal at 15th Street Park and at 22nd Street cemetery by American Tree Experts.

· Approved $3,394.50 for topdressing the sand traps at Shawnee Golf Course by Arms Trucking Company.

· Approved the payment of invoices totaling $36,054.

Reach Marta Tankersley at, 304-348-1249 or follow @MartaRee on Twitter.

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