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Dominion Gas Plans Local Gas Line Project

By Staff | Apr 6, 2016

PADEN CITY – City Council approved the resignation on Monday of the Third Ward councilman who was hired recently as the city’s police chief.

When Bob Postlehwait accepted the badge on March 17, he drafted a letter to council about his intent to resign from council. Postlehwait is a veteran police officer with more than two decades of law enforcement experience.

Speaking of Postlehwait, he asked council for various items ranging from bullet-proof vests for the small department, but also various items of police gear, shirts, pants and badges. And he has sought out approval from the state as to whether a special police auxiliary group could do fundraisers to pay for some of these items. Postlehwait said any money raised toward these ends would be earmarked specifically for police uniforms or gear.

In other news, Public Works Superintendent Josh Billiter announced that Dominion Gas will soon begin a $15 million gas line replacement project in the area. He said the company’s multi-year plan seeks to replace steel lines in several local municipalities.

In other business, City Recorder Tami Billiter said city water/sewer employees are working hard to fix the odor coming from the city’s sewer plant by ongoing efforts to blend organic and inorganic means to get the problem under control.

“They are doing the best they can,” she said.

Speaking of City Recorder, Hopkins said the position is not eligible for a raise until the end of that post’s term – about a year from now. If council approves a pay raise, he said, the next city recorder would reap the benefit.

In other matters, Public Works Superintendent Billiter said hydrants will be flushed this week. Also, the city’s pool will be drained the week of April 18. Billiter said the city should take advantage of labor allocated toward convicted offenders from Drug Court, who need to work community service hours as part of their sentencing agreement.

Billiter offered a spate of small projects the city will be pursuing in the days ahead that range from paving to storm sewer projects.