The week in local government (Oct. 31)

October 31, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government this week, Oct. 27 to Oct. 31:

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Tuesday

COUNTY – Kanawha County commissioners discussed the process of appointing a prosecutor to replace Mark Plants if Plants leaves office or appeals a decision to remove him from office (by Andrea Lannom).

CHARLESTON – City council’s Ordinance & Rules Committee recommended approval of a bill concerning cats on private property (by Ashley B. Craig). On Thursday, Mayor Danny Jones announced the bill would not be up for a vote at council’s meeting on Monday.

Thursday

COUNTY (SWA) – The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority voted in an emergency meeting to have Waste Management haul recyclables to Beckley for $400 per trip. The agreement comes as the authority is transitioning to taking back over the facility at 600 Slack St.

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In other Kanawha County local government news, Amtrak ridership is up in Montgomery but down in Charleston; and early voting turnout is expected to be the highest in years (by Sam Speciale).

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

Monday, Nov. 3

6 p.m. – Chelyan Improvement Council.

6 p.m. – Charleston Finance Committee.

7 p.m. – Charleston City Council.

7 p.m. – Chesapeake Town Council.

7 p.m. – Dunbar City Council.

7 p.m. – Nitro City Council (moved from Tuesday due to Election Day).

7:30 p.m. – St. Albans City Council.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

**Election Day, government offices closed.

Thursday, Nov. 6

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.

AFGE Local 420 released full statement on conditions at FCC Hazelton

October 31, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Today, the Daily Mail published a story about the union representing prison workers at FCC Hazelton erecting billboards along Interstate 68 to raise awareness about working conditions. You can read that story here.

The union sent a full statement about the billboard this morning, which, of course, was after our publication deadline. Below is the full statement, attributable to AFGE Local 420 President Jared Henson:

 

“The billboard placed on interstate 68 at exit 29 represents the major issues that are occurring at FCC Hazelton. The issues are created by management for not lowering the inherent dangers to the lowest possible level. There are many areas of concern. Holding inmates accountable for their actions is the biggest concern of staff at Hazelton.  When management doesn’t deter inmates from aggressive behaviors, the incidents occur, continue and rise at the alarming rates. Those numbers on the billboard are already higher in just 1 month since the billboard was placed and the next billboard that will be placed will have the numbers for the past 8 years and not just for 2014. There needs to be major changes to the management of Hazelton. Staff issues with management range from Hostile Working conditions, retaliation, whistleblower, workplace violence, and misuse of authority. The union members of FCC Hazelton deserve better and changes need made immediately.  The billboard also states that the community is at risk. The reason for this is that positions are being taken away. There are certain management officials sitting in offices in Annapolis Junction MD who never worked a Penitentiary or who has not worked in a prison setting for many years, making decisions that put the community at risk. Removing positions that protect the community and tax payers is a disservice to everyone. Our mission is to keep staff, inmates and the community safe. Management at all levels have failed to complete this mission at FCC Hazelton.”

The week in local government (Oct. 24)

October 24, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government this week, Oct. 20 to Oct. 24:

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Monday

CHARLESTON – City council got a first look at what a renovated Charleston Civic Center could look like.

ST. ALBANS – City council learned leaf collection will begin Monday.

Wednesday

AIRPORT – Yeager Airport officials have pulled the contract for marketing for a CRW-Orlando flight from the troubled PEOPLExpress airline. The airport will look for a new carrier (by Jared Hunt).

PEOPLExpress

CHARLESTON (Strong Neighborhoods Task Force) – Charleston’s building commissioner gave an update on the implementation of the city’s new vacant property ordinance (by Ashley B. Craig).

Thursday

CHARLESTON – City council’s Environment & Recycling Committee learned the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority will retake operations at the recycling center on Slack Street from West Virginia Recycling Services.

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

Monday, Oct. 27

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

7 p.m. – Charleston Finance Committee.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

8 a.m. – Kanawha County Commission.

5:30 p.m. – Charleston Ordinance & Rules Committee.

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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.

Here’s the presentation for proposed Civic Center renovations

October 21, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Last night, Charleston city council’s Finance Committee got a look at what a renovated Civic Center could look like (Read the full story here).

Below is the presentation made by Odell Associates, the consultants for the project:

Download (PDF, 12.94MB)

The week in local government (Oct. 17)

October 17, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government this week, Oct. 13 to Oct. 17:

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Tuesday

COUNTY (SWA) – The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority is exploring options for the future of the recycling center on Slack Street.

Wednesday

COUNTY (Commission) – Kanawha County won’t fund Prosecutor Mark Plants’ salary if he appeals a decision to remove him. The commission also appointed a coal businessman to the Parks Commission by a 2-1 vote.

Thursday

COUNTY (Parks) – The Parks Commission voted 6-1 to keep its embattled director.

SOUTH CHARLESTON – City council has postponed cost-of-living increases for retired police and firefighters.

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In other Kanawha County local government news, a three-judge panel ruled Prosecutor Mark Plants should be removed from office; urban agriculture is growing in Charleston; county clerks in West Virginia were upset with how the state handled the same-sex marriage announcement; and the Kanawha County Public Library system is continuing to push for passage of the library levy (by Sam Speciale).

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

Monday, Oct. 20

6 p.m. – Charleston Finance Committee.

7 p.m. – Charleston City Council.

7 p.m. – Dunbar City Council.

7 p.m. – Glasgow Town Council.

7 p.m. – Marmet Town Council.

7:30 p.m. – St. Albans City Council.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

8:30 a.m. – Upper Kanawha EDC.

7 p.m. – Belle Town Council.

7 p.m. – East Bank Town Council.

7 p.m. – Nitro City Council.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Noon – East End Main Street.

3:30 p.m. – Strong Neighborhoods Task Force.

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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 order removing Mark Plants from office

October 14, 2014 by Matt Murphy

In a 44-page ruling issued Tuesday afternoon, a three-judge panel ordered Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants removed from office. Read the petition below and the developing story here.

Download (PDF, 14.59MB)

 

The week in local government (Oct. 10)

October 10, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government this week, Oct. 6 to Oct. 10:

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Monday

CHARLESTON – City council approved funding for a new field at Appalachian Power Park.

DUNBAR – City council learned the city will hold several community events.

ST. ALBANS – St. Albans city council approved work to a street to make way for a new Wendy’s.

Wednesday

CURA – A new initiative, “Project West Invest,” would place police officers into West Side homes.

Thursday

COUNTY – Kanawha County commissioners approved committing more funds to special prosecutors for the Mark Plants situation.

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In other Kanawha County local government news, three Kanawha County cities are part of the 16 new home rule cities; the Municipal Home Rule Board has approved Charleston’s new sales tax; St. Albans’ B&O tax revenue spiked after the January chemical leak; a building on Summers Street has been purchased by CURA; Kanawha County was the first county to issue same-sex marriage licenses after the state decided to no longer defend the ban.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 14

4:15 p.m. – West Side Main Street.

6 p.m. – Cross Lanes Community Development Council.

7 p.m. – Handley Town Council.

7:15 p.m. – Pratt Town Council.

7:30 p.m. – Montgomery City Council.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

8:30 a.m. – Charleston CVB.

1 p.m. – South Charleston CVB.

Thursday, Oct. 16

8:30 a.m. – Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission.

8:45 a.m. – KRT Board of Directors.

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.