SISTERSVILLE Less than a month after the resignation of five city employees, including two city council members, the Sistersville City Council Monday voted to accept a new council member and a new city attorney.
Nearly 20 people packed the meeting room inside of the Sistersville City Building Monday evening, where new council member Colin Marrin was sworn in by Mayor David Fox. Marrin will represent the fourth ward. Additionally, council voted to approve Carolyn Flannery as the new city attorney.
The appointments come after council in August approved the resignations of Vance Ash, city commissioner; Dean Rohrig, city attorney; Curtis Heintzman, council member; Diana Mace, city recorder; and Julie Schleier, council member. At the time the resignations were approved by council, no reasons were given, though Mace's letter of resignation was read at that August meeting. Mace cited a "hostile environment" as one of many grounds for resignation.
In other business Monday, city residents will have until Oct.1 to pay their current water bill, after the deadline was extended to account for bills not being sent to customers at the usual time of the month.
During a meeting of Sistersville City Council, Mayor David Fox said the last of the bills were sent out Monday morning, with customers expected to receive them this week. He said to account for the lateness of the sending, customers will be given until Oct. 1, which will give them the same number of days they typically have to pay their bill.
City officials apologized for the lateness of the bills and the inconvenience it may have caused customers, and added no late fees will be assessed until the Oct. 1 due date.
Also during Monday's meeting, council voted to combine 29 city checking accounts into five at the suggestion of auditors who have been reviewing the city's records and budget. Additionally, council voted to spend the remaining $11,207 of a software grant on updating the water billing program at the city building. Fox said the new system will be online with neighboring communities. The upgrade should be completed by mid-October.
The next meeting of the Sistersville City Council is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the city building.