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Dillaman Appointed to Fill Paden City Council Seat

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | May 12, 2021

Paden City Mayor Kastigar Swears in Don Dillaman

Paden City Common Counsel met in regular session on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7 PM in the council chambers of the municipal building. One of the items discussed was the appointment of the vacant third Ward Council seat, left empty when Steve Kastigar assumed the role of Mayor. Other discussion topics were the water project, sewer upgrade, AT&T tower in the park and the appointment of new committee members.

New Mayor Steve Kastigar, retired police captain, assumed the role as mayor following the sudden death of Mayor Rick Casteel. He thanked Council for their confidence in him. “Rick was a good friend of mine and I’m honored to follow in his footsteps and try to continue building on the work that he had started. He will be missed by everyone,” stated Mayor Kastigar. One of his first acts as Mayor will be the rebuilding of council committees. The Mayor’s goal is to have the committees work together to hash out issues and then bring results to council for discussion and approval.

Filling the seat in the Third Ward was Don Dillaman. Don is a 1973 graduate of Paden City High School and retired from Momentum after 43 years on the job.

Next sewer board members addressed council concerning a pay raise, reminding council they did not receive a raise when other city boards received their pay increase.

Council advised the sewer board members to take a close look at their budget to see what they could afford and then bring their recommendation to the Finance Committee for action.

The city is still waiting on guidelines on how they can spend the Covid dollars they will be receiving before taking any action on street repairs. Josh Billiter has expectations that the streets which were not repaired last year, will be this year.

Park and Pool board members reported to counsel after receiving a donation from Momentum of over $12,000, they are continuing the maintenance work at the pool in preparation for opening this summer. It was also stated that Homeland Security dollars are available to the city to upgrade and improve the camera surveillance at the park, sewer plant, and city building.

Under building and grounds it was reported that electrical upgrades are needed at the maintenance building. Josh Billiter will get pricing and present it to counsel at the next meeting.

Council approved a motion to present the Wetzel County Board of Education with an annual contract for their continued use of Paden City ball fields. The Wetzel County Board of Education had been paying $3,800 for maintenance of the fields but the city has not received any money in the past year due to the COVID issues.

Cork Bowen of the Paden City Development Authority reported that the PCDA will begin sponsoring a flea market at the industrial park beginning June 5. He also reported the Development Authority is waiting for the results of a grant from US Department of Commerce. The grant could be worth as much as $600,000 through the EPA Brownsfield Cleanup fund and the money could be used to remove the old corning kilns and demolish deteriorated sections of certain buildings.

Finally the discussion of the AT&T cell tower at the park was discussed. Once the tower is constructed the city should have access to 5G and receive about $12,000 a year from AT&T. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on June 7, at 7PM at the city building.