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Sistersville City Council Approves Several Agenda Items

By Staff | Oct 28, 2020

Sistersville City Council held their regular meeting on Monday October 19,2020. Mayor Bill Rice called the meeting to order at 7 PM. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the meeting opened with the approval of the minutes from the regular September 14, meeting and the Special Council meeting held on September 28 .

Under the Public Forum there was discussion concerning property clean up and the question was asked, “what council was doing to clean up the property which was destroyed by fire at the corner of Riverside Dr and Hill street”. Mayor Rice answered the concerned party, saying the property has been identified by the “Bad Buildings Program” managed by the Sistersville Urban Renewal Authority, which would make it eligible to be part of that cleanup program.

Under new business several documents regarding the water project were approved by council. These included the third reading of the Bond Ordinance, a Supplemental Resolution relating to the bonds, and the Draw Resolution for the payment of invoices from the Bonds.

Also under new business, council approved the purchase of winter clothing for the city employees.

Council approved a new Vacation Resolution. On Nov 8, employees will start accruing bi-weekly vacation time as outlined in the new policy. Any unused vacation time will carry over to the calendar year 2021.

Next police Chief Rob Haught presented to SIstersville Police Department Lt. Alex Northcraft a Life Saving Award. Patrolman Northcraft was honored for performing the Heimlich Maneuver on a chocking victim and saved his life.

Under Old Business, Mayor Rice was authorized by Council to sign the loans for the new Police Cruiser & Dump Truck

Employee bonuses were discussed and tabled until the November meeting so council could review the financials and determine the amounts that can be paid out.

Continuing Old Business, the second reading of the Public Nuisance Ordinance and Revisions of Ordinances Article 505 and Article 1121 were tabled until the Nov meeting.

Next the Text My Government program was discussed, but died for a lack motion.

Regarding the paving of Route 2, Chuck Heinlein, asked Mayor Rice to pen a letter to all concerned in Charleston, stating that as soon as the water lines along Route 2 were complete Sistersville should be in line for paving in either March or April.

Following the completion of the agenda, council went into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues. Upon returning from executive session the it was determined no decisions had been made to report.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00.