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Sistersville Announces Election Options

By Staff | Jan 24, 2018

Sistersville City Recorder Chad Edwards announced at the city’s Jan. 16 meeting that city elections are set for March 22, and council seats are open for Wards One, Two, Three, and Four. Mayor Bill Rice has filed to run for re-election, while councilman Phil Konopacky has filed for re-election to the Ward Three council seat.

The next elections will be held in 2020. Filing for the 2018 election began on Jan. 8 and will close on Jan. 27. All entries must be postmarked by Jan. 27. There is a $20 filing fee for council seats and a $20 fee for filing for the mayor position. Mayor Rice informed council that progress is being made at the city’s water plant. A valve needed fixed, and the quick fix is complete. The sewer plant, however, has a rake that needs maintenance, anticipated for March. The rake replacement will cost an estimated $18,000 to $20,000. Rice explained the city has been working for approximately four years on the water project; however, he feels the city cannot wait as long to address the sewer plant. Council will receive cost estimates, pertaining to the water project, next month. Council is looking at potential ways to aid with the cost of the sewer plant. Mayor Rice explained sewer is cheaper than water, though the sewer plant runs continously, as opposed to the water plant.

Mayor Rice also wishes to ensure the city sewer plant is in compliance with the DEP.

In other matters, Mayor Rice explained that the Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department has purchased a new 2018 550 fire truck.

Also, Rice informed council that the city is trying to avoid using the snow plow, because residents have complained about being “plowed in.”

“People need to realize that if you want the streets plowed, you are going to get plowed in,” Rice explained.

In the meantime, the city has been plowing the main streets in order for emergency personnel and police to conduct their jobs.The city’s planning commission informed council that a spring cleanup is slated for the end of April.

Two dumpsters will be located near the sewer plant for Sistersville residents who wish to utilize the dumpsters for spring cleaning purposes. All items are accepted except for tires, paint, flammable liquids and batteries.

The Sistersville Parks and Recreation Department an-nounced it is teaming up with the Olive Branch to hold a bake sale.

The funds will be used toward purchasing new playground equipment. The parks and recreation department is also looking for a couple of new board members, and the department is exploring the pool’s spring opening.

City Attorney Krista Fleegle reported that there is a meeting on Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the individuals that would be deciding which buildings should be condemned. The information should be ready to present at the next council meeting.The condition of the former Sistersville High School has been discussed. The building is owned by three brothers who are determined on cleaning up the property. They have been working on the building, and they will eventually have to go to the city building in order to get facilities turned on.

Under new business, Mayor Rice mentioned he would like to get a truck capable of hauling a small cinder spreader and plow to help clean up the town. It was suggested to look into state bid process to purchase a vehicle at a low price.The first reading of change in residency requirements for the Park and Pool Board were read. It states that, as of its passing, Park and Pool Board members are not required to live in the city boundaries of Sistersville.

The next scheduled Sistersville city council meeting is set for Feb. 12 beginning at 7 p.m. located at the Sistersville City Building.