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Paden City Proposal Calls for 12% Increase

By Staff | Sep 14, 2016

PADEN CITY – City Council is poised to adopt a proposed increase in sewer rates.

During the Sept. 6 meeting, council approved the first of two readings of a proposed ordinance for a 12 percent sewer rate increase – about $4.81 more to the monthly bill.

Council will hold a meeting to discuss the proposal at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in council chambers.

Copies of the proposed ordinance may be inspected by the public during regular business hours at the Paden City Municipal Building by contacting Tamra Billiter, Recorder of the City of Paden City, or Julie Efaw Utility Clerk/Sewer Board Secretary.

According to City Hall, if council approves the proposed ordinance, the sewer rate increase would become effective Dec. 1.

Mayor Joel Davis said the state’s Public Service Commission won’t allow the city’s Sewer project to move forward unless the numbers are in place to support the upgrade and improvements. And because the system is becoming more and more obsolete, the city risks fines from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection unless the upgrades are put in place.

In other business, members of the community voiced their concerns over the city water issues at a recent City Council meeting.

During the Sept. 6 meeting, residents expressed their specific concerns with 7th Avenue, North Street and Miller Street.

Also, two gentlemen reported that a water line outside of the city limits was leaking for the second time this summer. They also mentioned that because a drain had too many overflow streams running into it, that created a pool of water whenever it rains. The men wondered about possibly being annexed into the city.

And, a representative from the Meadow Heights area mentioned that the residents have very little water pressure, and haven’t for a long time.

Council said there are plans to install a pressure station, however, the line must be replaced first in order to hold the pressure. Council members are going to bid out the pressure station project, but must first publish the project and give a thirty-day grace period before opening bids so it will be at least a month until construction can begin.

City Hall announced plans to flush out the fire hydrants between Oct. 3 and Oct. 7 – which means affected parking in those areas will also change on Oct. 3. There are about seven sewers that need to be addressed along with several fences that need to be cleaned up within city limits. Also, a storm drain between 100 S Sixth and 100 S Seventh streets has been flooding during every hard rain and needs to be fixed. In other matters, council discussed the possibility of moving the maintenance superintendent’s office into City Hall After much debate, there had been a motion to allow the move into the upstairs of City Hall with the downstairs interview room to be shared by both the police and the maintenance superintendent.

In other business, a section of North 1st Ave. will be made into one-sided parking, to be flipped within the same bi-yearly flipping schedule as the other one-sided streets in Paden City, beginning October 3rd.

Also, a citizen requested permission to block an alley, on weekends during daylight hours only, in order to demolish an old building. He feels that blocking the alley would create a safety barrier around the dilapidated building and vehicles will still be able to have access in a case of emergency.

JT Paving has bid on a paving job near Work St. of approximately 5,600 square feet and 2 inches thick and also Miller St. of approximately 6,640 square feet and 2 inches thick. The bid was for $20,754.00 and after discussing the budget of the street paving account the council agreed to the contract.

Mary Barrick, crossing guard for Paden City schools, recently suffered an injury and council agreed to hire Chuck Feist as a temporary crossing guard for the month of September. However, due to a detached retina, Barrick will be out for more than one month. The council members are searching for applicants that would be interested in a part time crossing guard position beginning October 1st, until Mrs. Barrick can return. Anyone interested in this position can contact Tami Billiter at 304-337-2295.

Mon Power has been paid to run power over to Section A of the industrial park. Spaces will be available for rent for storage of boats or campers as long as no items are over 12 feet high.

Trick or Treat date has been set for October 31 from 6 to 7 in compliance with New Martinsville Trick or Treat schedule. Also, it was decided that burning season would be October 15th through November 30th.

A new contract has been approved with Pestech pest control services. Council members also agreed to change their phone provider to WV Hotspot.

Permission was given to close the Utility/Recorder’s Offices on November1 to allow the Recorder and Utility Clerk to attend a Public Service Commission Seminar in Charleston.

Due to recent events, the council members discussed testing the city siren. After a lengthy debate, it was decided that the pole would be inspected and then the siren would be tested at a later date.

Mayor Davis read a report on the increase rate for the Wetzel County landfill, which may possibly have an effect on the garbage rate.

There was a motion to review the city’s evacuation plan to see if any changes needed to be made. The council members were given a copy of the current plan to go over and amend if necessary.

Finally, there was an agreement between the council members to purchase a new digital recording device for all public meetings.