The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

September 19, 2013

Council approves first reading of sewer rate increase ordinance

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OAK HILL —

Security deposits and tap fees will also see an increase.

“It sounds like a lot, and it is a lot, but all communities have had to face this at one time or another,” said Tuggle. “In essence, it’s going to put you somewhere in mid-range with all the cities in the state.”

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In other business, council discussed the mural and funding of a mural to be located next to the White Oak Rail Trail. The current proposed area for the mural merits controversy as the property is privately owned and the upkeep and condition of the area will not be able to be regulated by the city, as mentioned by Councilwoman Mollie Ray of Ward I.

Council will continue to discuss possible placement of a mural and the selection of an artist to create the mural.

“This seems to be an easy project, and it is compared to some, but it is complex at the same time,” said City Manager Bill Hannabass, discussing the construction and plumbing of a pre-fabricated restroom on the property between City Park and the White Oak Rail Trail.  

Hannabass also showed photos of the current construction progress of a parking lot, stairs and an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant handicap ramp on the premises.

“This restroom has a price tag on it of $60,000,” Hannabass explained.

It was suggested by city treasurer Damita Johnson to finance the restroom as it will be a better investment for the city in the long run, as it is less expensive to borrow funds than spend their own due to low interest rates.

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In other action:

- It was agreed that a workshop will be held by council on Oct. 14 to discuss the application to participate in the Home Rule project, which allows some cities and municipalities in the state to make some of their own laws and regulations.

- Council also voted unanimously to approve the recommendation from Oak Hill Police Chief Mike Whisman to promote city police officer James Pack to Patrolman First Class (PFC).  

- The name of the new downtown amphitheater, after a 4-2 vote, was decided to be named the Lively Family Amphitheater.

- Lastly, council accepted a $261,240 bid from Southern West Virginia Paving to pave a total of 15 streets and parking lots in the city.

— E-mail: bunderwood@register-herald.com

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