The week in local government (March 13 & 20)

March 20, 2015 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government for March 9 to March 20:

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Monday, March 9

CHARLESTON – City council passed its $89 million annual budget.

Wednesday, March 11

CHARLESTON (CURA) – Plans were revealed for a dental office to be built on part of the East End Dog Park.

Monday, March 16

CHARLESTON – City officials revealed plans for a renovated Slack Plaza and Brawley Walkway.

DUNBAR – City council is proposing liens on nuisance properties.

ST. ALBANS – Council approved the city’s FY 2015-16 budget.

Tuesday, March 17

KANAWHA SWA – The SWA board approved hiring Rodney Loftis & Son to tear down the building at the Slack Street recycling center.

NITRO – Nitro City Council approved plans to renovate Ridenour Park.

Wednesday, March 18

CHARLESTON (CVB) – A consultant said the region is doing well at attracting sports events, but new facilities would help that market grow.

CHARLESTON (East End Main Street) – East End Main Street approved the merger with West Side Main Street to create Charleston Main Streets.

Thursday, March 19

KRT – The KRT board is considering changing the bus system to a “flat fare” system.

COUNTY (Commission) – The Kanawha County Commission is pressuring insurance companies to move quickly with assistance for Yeager Airport landslide victims.

SOUTH CHARLESTON – City council approved two home rule ordinances – property citations and selling property without an auction.

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In other local government news, a hill collapse occurred at Yeager Airport, displacing families who weren’t allowed to return to their homes for several days; Danny Jones and Paul Monroe will move on to the Charleston general election; the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association wins a $100,000 grant; a consulting firm began analyzing Charleston’s bicycling climate; a number of residents were honored with annual Charleston Area Alliance awards; the annual financial bump the Legislature provides to the East End is ending for this year; low turnout meant provisional ballots could change a ward race; and the slate is set for municipal elections in Clendenin and East Bank later this year.

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Here are government meetings and related events scheduled the next two weeks in Kanawha County:

Monday, March 23

5:30 p.m. – South Charleston Library Board.

7 p.m. – Charleston Planning Committee.

Wednesday, March 25

Noon – Yeager Airport Board.

Thursday, March 26

8:30 a.m. – Charleston BZA.

Thursday, April 2

7:30 p.m. – South Charleston City Council.

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“The Week in Local Government” is a weekly post, published around lunchtime on Fridays, that recaps the Daily Mail’s local government coverage for the week. Past editions are available by clicking on the “The Week in Government” link on the right side of this page.

Follow along: Live coverage of Charleston’s municipal election

March 7, 2015 by Brad McElhinny

Charleston Daily Mail local government reporter Matt Murphy will be providing coverage of Charleston’s municipal election.

Live Blog Charleston Municipal Elections
 

The week in local government (Feb. 27 & March 6)

March 6, 2015 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government for Feb. 23 to March 6:

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Monday, Feb. 23

CHARLESTON – City council began the process for setting the city’s $89 million budget.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

KANAWHA SWA – Bids to tear down the building at the Slack Street recycling center were due March 2, and Rodney Loftis was the low bidder.

Monday, March 2

CHARLESTON – City council will debate pay raise options for city employees at its budget meeting next week.

DUNBAR – Council learned residents should see decreases in insurance premiums because of the city’s increase in its fire service rating.

ST. ALBANS – Council certified the Feb. 7 municipal fire levy special election.

Tuesday, March 3

NITRO – Council reviewed future projects for the city.

Thursday, March 5

COUNTY (Commission) – Commission set its annual contributions for the Parks Commission and animal shelter.

SOUTH CHARLESTON – South Charleston council discussed ordinances that will be made possible by home rule.

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In other local government news, two mayoral candidates have missing financial statements; the Charleston CVB said a basketball tournament will bring in significant revenue for the city; nationally-funded gun ads are appearing for the Charleston mayoral race; redistricting is causing confusion for Charleston voters; a bill in the Legislature would make it easier for businesses to recycle; and the DNR received a grant to jump start elk restoration.

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Here are government meetings and related events scheduled next week in Kanawha County:

Monday, March 9

5 p.m. – Charleston Finance Committee – special budget meeting.

6 p.m. – Charleston City Council – special budget meeting.

Tuesday, March 10

7 p.m. – Handley Town Council.

7:15 p.m. – Pratt Town Council.

7:30 p.m. – Montgomery City Council.

Wednesday, March 11

9 a.m. – Charleston Urban Renewal Authority.

1 p.m. – South Charleston Museum Board.

Thursday, March 12

8:30 a.m. – Charleston BZA.

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“The Week in Local Government” is a weekly post, published around lunchtime on Fridays, that recaps the Daily Mail’s local government coverage for the week. Past editions are available by clicking on the “The Week in Government” link on the right side of this page.

Follow along: candidates for Charleston mayor

February 24, 2015 by Matt Murphy

Over the last few weeks Charleston Daily Mail editors have been meeting with candidates for Charleston City Council, and the final meeting before the March 7 primary (scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 24) will feature mayoral candidates.

The conversation will be taking place at DigiSo: “West Virginia’s first co-working initiative for digital entrepreneurs, start-ups, innovators and creative industry professionals.”

Follow along to learn more about issues facing Charleston and the candidates who seek to lead West Virginia’s largest city.

The week in local government (Feb. 20)

February 20, 2015 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government for Feb. 16 to Feb. 20:

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Tuesday, Feb. 17

CHARLESTON – City council set the budget hearing schedule for the coming weeks.

Thursday, Feb. 19

KRT – The KRT system will hold public hearings to gather input on possible route changes.

COUNTY (Commission) – Elected officials made their annual requests for a share of the Kanawha County  budget.

SOUTH CHARLESTON – City council certified the results of last week’s levy election.

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In other local government news, a crude oil train derailed in Fayette County and Amtrak has suspended service; municipal elections continue; and early voting began in Charleston.

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Here are government meetings and related events scheduled next week in Kanawha County:

Monday, Feb. 23

5:30 p.m. – Charleston budget hearing.

5:30 p.m. – South Charleston Library Board.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

10 a.m. – Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority (moved from Feb. 17).

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“The Week in Local Government” is a weekly post, published around lunchtime on Fridays, that recaps the Daily Mail’s local government coverage for the week. Past editions are available by clicking on the “The Week in Government” link on the right side of this page.

Follow along: at-large candidates for Charleston city council

February 17, 2015 by Brad McElhinny

Charleston Daily Mail editors have been meeting with candidates for Charleston City Council.

The final couple of meetings are with at-large candidates. (Weather permitting. The forecast has been looking pretty active again.) The conversation will be taking place at DigiSo: “West Virginia’s first co-working initiative for digital entrepreneurs, start-ups, innovators and creative industry professionals.”

Follow along to learn more about issues facing Charleston and the candidates who seek to address those issues:

Train derails in Fayette County — photos from residents

February 16, 2015 by Brad McElhinny