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Dunbar employees to get raises; new municipal judge appointed

By By Marta Tankersley Hays
Staff writer

Some Dunbar city employees are getting raises. The City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance granting pay raises to city employees effective retroactively to Aug. 31.

The $.25 per hour raise for hourly employees — excluding firefighters, police officers, elected official and judges — was approved by a roll-call vote with one council member recusing herself, citing a conflict of interest.

The council also unanimously passed ordinances granting a $1,000 annual pay raise to the public works director, the building inspector and the parks and recreation director.

The council also heard the first reading of ordinances granting $1,000 annual pay raises to other department heads, including the police chief, fire chief and deputy fire chief.

Although all ordinances must be read and passed twice in order to become legally binding, it is expected that all raises will pass unencumbered and be effective retroactively to Aug. 31, City Clerk Connie Fulknier said.

Mayor Terry Greenlee suffered a mild stroke last week and is expected to make a full recovery, City Council President Dana K. Hayes said.

“He is home from the hospital and begins therapy this Friday. It should just take a couple weeks for him to get to 100 percent,” Hayes said.

The mayoral appointment of Dunbar resident and attorney Robert Schulenberg as municipal judge was approved unanimously. His term will start Sept. 16, before the next municipal hearing date.

“Robert has some very impressive credentials,” Hayes said. “He retired as Kanawha County’s assistant prosecuting attorney after 21 years of service.”

Police Chief Jesse Bailes introduced new probationary Police Officer David C. Harvey, who is currently participating in field training and is expected to be working independently Nov. 30.

Fire Chief Butch Ellis announced that CPR training classes will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Central Fire Station at a cost of $5.

Parks and Recreation Director Lee Painter said lawn mower races and a corn hole tournament will start at 1 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 13, at Dunbar Landing.

In other business, the council:

| Set Trick or Treat night for Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m.

| Approved the payment of regular invoices, totaling $58,529.98.

| Approved engine repairs on Public Works truck No. 15 by Bert Wolfe Ford, at a cost of $1,839.39. Councilman Everette Sullivan voted against the measure, saying the company allegedly hired non-union construction workers recently.

| Approved an American Electric Power easement to relocate a utility pole on Woodland Avenue for a lift station.

| Approved the addition of an emergency measure to meet an application and payment — not to exceed $2,000 — deadline for the annual renewal of a Department of Environmental Protection Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit, commonly known as an MS4.

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

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