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Sistersville Discusses Cellphone Ordinance

By Staff | Jan 13, 2016

SISTERSVILLE – City Council approved the first reading Monday of an ordinance aimed at restricting the use of electronic devices cellphones while driving.

Council will deliberate the proposed ordinance for a second and final reading at February’s meeting. If council approves the ordinance, it will be adopted into city code. There will be a public hearing on the matter before council’s next meeting Feb. 8.

City Recorder Chad Edwards said if the proposed ordinance is approved, anyone who violates the ordinance will have the matter adjudicated by City Court. He said the state has similar laws regarding restrictions on the use of electronic devices while driving.

The filing period for City Council started Monday and ends Jan. 30. Write-in candidates have until Feb. 4 to file. The city’s election is slated for March. 24. Edwards said in addition to the mayoral election, there are four open slots for council seats. This is a non-partisan municipal election.

According to City Hall, two people registered as candidates for their respective offices when filing started Monday before the Tyler Star News’ press deadline this week. The newspaper will publish the names of other candidates in subsequent editions as they file for office.

Alex King has filed for a council seat representing the third ward. Bill Rice has filed for re-election to another term as mayor. A prospective candidate for city council or mayor has to be a qualified voter of the city and ward. All a resident has to do to get on the ballot is to pay a filing fee for whatever position that person seeks. The filing to be a candidate for council is $10 and $20 for mayor. Candidate applications must be notarized.

Edwards noted that Bryan Owens’ term, who represents the second ward, expires in 2018.

Edwards said he is working closely with the state Secretary of State’s office and the city’s attorney, Carolyn Flannery, to make sure the municipal election runs smoothly.

Candidates who file for municipal elections are asked to contact the Tyler Star News so arrangements can be made to prepare candidate profiles for a later edition. The newspaper’s phone number is 304-652-4141 or via email, which works best, at mlayton@tylerstarnews.com

In other business, the Planning Commission has donated $3,500 so as to return the docks to the Ohio River for another boating season.

Also, Tyler County Office of Emergency Management tested an emergency alert system Monday. Edwards encourages anyone, who wants an alert sent to a cellphone or other electronic means of notification, to register that information with City Hall.