Action on bills in Charleston City Council for this update took place from Jan. 13 to Jan. 20:
PASSED on second reading at city council, making the ordinance law
No. 7644 – Groundwater Restriction – Restricts the use of groundwater for a property on the corner of Lee Street West and Pennsylvania Avenue. The restriction is part of a remediation of the property by Speedway, the gas station company. Introduced by Ed Talkington. PASSED Environment & Recycling Committee on Jan. 13.
ACTION on previously introduced measures
City Council Committees
INTRODUCED bills on first reading.
No council meeting.
ACTIVE remaining bills.
No. 7598 – Cats – This updated ordinance would set up a process for property owners to have cats removed from their property by a humane officer and the cat’s owner would be fined. TABLED by Mayor Danny Jones on Oct. 30, 2014, after bring PASSED by the Ordinance & Rules Committee on Oct. 28. Last year, the bill was TABLED by council’s Ordinance & Rules Committee on Sept. 9, 2013. As written, this ordinance would place restrictions on cat ownership in city limits and other regulations on cats. Introduced by Councilman Cubert Smith. The Ordinance & Rules Committee voted to table the bill after public opposition, instead opting to look for other solutions to the city’s feral cat problem.
No. 7643 – CURA – Allows the city to add two board members to the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, taking the total number of board members to nine. The two additions would be city council members. Ordinance must be passed using Charleston’s home rule power. REFERRED to West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board.
No. 7645 – Streets – Closes a 50-by-60 -foot section of Kanawha Avenue SE in Kanawha City to the surrounding property owners at a cost of $3,000 to be paid to the city. Introduced by John Miller. PASSED Municipal Planning Commission on Jan. 7. REFERRED to Planning Committee and Finance Committee.
INACTIVE remaining bills.
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