Sections of Kanawha Boulevard will be closed 43 days this year

September 29, 2014 by Matt Murphy

This past Saturday, the Boulevard was closed between Chesapeake Avenue and Capitol Street. This week, the Boulevard will close between Leon Sullivan Way and Ohio Avenue for the annual Rod Run and Doo Wop.

In all, portions of the Boulevard will be affected by closures on 43 different days this year, with June and August seeing the most closures.

Of course, the entire five miles of the Boulevard has never been completely closed this year, and several days of closures are only for short sections like for Live on the Levee, which just closes three blocks downtown.

To some, closing the Boulevard has drawn ire, while others  appreciate the events in the city or at least don’t mind finding an alternate route.

Below is a list of 2014′s Boulevard closures (source – Charleston Police Department):

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The week in local government (Sept. 26)

September 26, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government this week, Sept. 22 to Sept. 26:

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Wednesday

CHARLESTON (East End) – East End Main Street and West Side Main Street announced their intention to merge into one organization.

AIRPORT – Yeager Airport’s board of directors discussed ongoing projects at the airport (by Marcus Constantino).

Thursday

COUNTY (Commission) – Kanawha County Commissioners approved a coal runoff plan for Slaughters Creek.

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In other Kanawha County local government news, lofts in the former Kyle Furniture Building are almost complete, and a long-time Charleston Police Department member has been placed on administrative leave.

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

Thursday, Oct. 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.

Read the engineering report on the Slaughters Creek effluent project

September 25, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Thursday, the Kanawha County Commission voted to give preliminary approval to a proposed coal effluent line along Slaughters Creek for Patriot Coal.

The commission partially based their decision on a study they commissioned by Potesta & Associates, an engineering company that has done work for the coal industry.

The report is below:

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Press release: Charleston’s Main Street groups to merge

September 24, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Below is the press release sent out by East End Main Street concerning the East End Main Street/West Side Main Street merger:

Read the developing Daily Mail story here.

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Follow along: Mark Plants removal hearing

September 22, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

A three-judge panel will convene today in Charleston to hear evidence for and against removing Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants from office.
plantsKanawha County commissioners voted in July to draft a petition to seek the prosecutor’s removal and in August, with the assistance of Huntington attorney Melissa Foster-Bird, filed the petition in Kanawha Circuit Court. Foster-Bird, an attorney with nationally known Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough of South Carolina, is working the case pro-bono.
The petition was forwarded to the state Supreme Court, which then appointed circuit judges Lawrance Miller of Preston County, Christopher Wilkes of Berkeley County and Timothy Sweeney of Doddridge County, to hear evidence and make a determination. Wilkes and Miller are Republicans and Sweeney is a Democrat, according to a Supreme Court spokeswoman.
Plants faces charges of misdemeanor domestic battery and violating a domestic violence protective order, after bruising his 11-year-old son during a whipping and standing with his sons in a Fort Hill pharmacy parking lot while they waited for their mother, who was inside shopping.
He recently has demanded a trial, after previously agreeing to attend a 32-week batterer’s intervention course in an effort to have the charges dismissed. Mercer Magistrate Mike Flanigan, special magistrate in the case, granted his request to reschedule trial but said the trial would take place well into the future to give Plants time to complete the batterer program.
Arguments are scheduled for the next two days and the panel will make a determination afterward. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in the ceremonial courtroom at the Kanawha County Courthouse.

Live Blog Mark Plants removal hearing

The week in local government (Sept. 18)

September 19, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government this week, Sept. 15 to Sept. 19:

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Monday

CHARLESTON – City council advanced a proposal to increase the city’s sales tax, drawing negative feedback from two local business owners.

DUNBAR – City council honored a city native for his induction into the WVU Hall of Fame.

ST. ALBANS – City council heard concerns from residents about a recent murder in the city.

Thursday

COUNTY (Parks) – The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission voted to table a decision on the fate of director Jeff Hutchinson – again.

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In other Kanawha County local government news, lofts are developing in Charleston’s downtown; the county’s Republican and Democratic commission candidates met with the Daily Mail’s editorial board; paving has begun at West Virginia Recycling Services; Yeager Airport received a $3.6 million grant (by Marcus Constantino); Kanawha County’s employee health program is paying off; and South Charleston is continuing to move forward on a sewer extension project to Alum Creek.

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

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Tuesday, Sept. 23

(Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority cancelled).

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Noon – East End Main Street.

Noon – Yeager Airport Board.

Thursday, Sept. 25

5 p.m. – Kanawha County Commission.

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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.

Live coverage: Kanawha County Commission candidates

September 16, 2014 by Brad McElhinny