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Paden City Discusses Water Woes

By Staff | Oct 10, 2018

The Paden City Council met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building.

Mayor Clyde Hochstrasser started the meeting by encouraging residents to sign up for CodeRED, which is an Emergency Notification System.

The system will notify citizens by calling them in the case of a catastrophic event, disaster, or even when the city needs to alert the community to a boil order when there are issues with the water system.

With the recent boil order the city had in effect, and with roughly only 500 of the city’s 1,300 households being signed up for the CodeRED ENS, the city had to employ several different tactics to get the word out. This included sharing the boil order on all social media channels, three different newspapers and news stations, as well as placing a notice on the city building, all the businesses in the city and a sign at the corner of Main and Rt. 2.

Even with all this, some citizens were not aware of the boil order.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for these alerts from the CodeRED ENS by stopping by the Paden City municipal building, or by calling 304-455-6960, or online at public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/183353CC9EC4

In a related matter, citizens were on hand to ask questions about the water line issues on Church Street, stating that their water is still brown, even after the boil order was lifted.

Josh Billiter, Paden City’s Water, Streets and Maintenance Superintendent, stated he is waiting on two parts that are currently on backorder, until the city can fix the line.

The city has placed many patches on the old copper line; however, the entire waterline needs to be replaced, and will be replaced with new lines from corner to corner on the street. Billiter believes the water line replacement can be completed in one day, once these parts arrive.

The council approved a motion to move forward with Abraham & Abraham, to conduct a Rule 42 in order to find out how much the city will have to raise the water rates to cover the $5 million water project.

The water project will entail new tanks, refurbishing some tanks, and replacing the old copper and asbestos lines throughout the city.

In other matters the council approved all bills for payment.

The council discussed the possibility of making Leon street into a one-way street. Instead, the council voted to extend the white line and stop sign farther to the end of the street, so that cars have more visibility when pulling out onto Rt. 2.

It was also noted that work began Monday morning on the Main Street sewer project. Main Street was reduced to one lane while these repairs are taking place.

Chief of Police Bob Kendle reported that the city received 76 total calls last month, which is above average. He is also needing to hire another officer as soon as possible, in order to prepare them for the academy’s next class in January.

The Paden City Parks and Pool Board reported that the Marina up to the campground is still closed due to damage from the floods; however, the playground is still open to the public.

Also, Mayor Hochstrasser appointed councilwoman Carolyn Gatian to the Development Authority and Park and Pool Boards.

The council approved the purchase of three new external hard drives at the estimated cost of $60 to $80, to back up documents should a computer fail.

Also, the Wetzel County Committee on Aging addressed the council to share its services for senior residents of Wetzel County.

The Wetzel County Committee on Aging is a non-profit organization that is funded through the Area Agency on Aging with Federal and State dollars. The agency assists the disabled and persons aged 60 years and over in Wetzel county with all the activities of daily living.

The agency can provide services to seniors such as house cleaning, and even personal care such as bathing. One service offered is a program to help seniors with transportation to and from doctor visits, grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, even hair appointments or visiting friends in nursing homes. Most of these services are free to seniors or are donation based at $1.50 per hour.

For more information, call (304) 455-3220, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit the office located at 145 Paducah Dr. in New Martinsville.

In other matters the council approved a motion to start planning a Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony for the city this coming December. The date and details are to be discussed and announced later in the year.