Here’s what’s happened in local government from Sept. 2 to Sept. 6:
CHARLESTON: The city’s Municipal Beautification Commission approved a plan to brighten up the abandoned Staats Hospital on the West Side, and to address the tree issues in Kanawha City.
CHARLESTON: A public hearing was held concerning proposed bike lanes along Kanawha Boulevard West. The project is still in the planning stages.
CHARLESTON: An ordinance dealing with cat problems in the city was introduced in council. The ordinance would put limits on the number of cats a residence can have, like other cities in the Kanawha Valley have done. The proposed law also spells out an action plan and procedure when a loose cat (domestic or feral) is caught. *City council met Tuesday this week due to the Labor Day holiday. The council usually meets on Mondays.
ST. ALBANS: Mayor Dick Callaway updated the council concerning the ongoing flooding issues in the city. Last week, the mayor toured the city with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, city residents and city officials to see the flooded areas. *City council met Tuesday this week due to the Labor Day holiday. The council usually meets on Mondays.
NITRO: City council voted to hike the fees the city charges for taking care of unkempt an vacant properties. Council also approved a plan to allow residents to pay municipal bills online.
CHARLESTON: The city’s Municipal Planning Commission gave approval to an 11-lot subdivision in the South Hills. Though given the go-ahead, neighbors and South Hills residents said they were worried about storm water runoff. The commission also decided to move forward with an annexation request and to table a request by developer George Neilan.
SOUTH CHARLESTON: City council cleared the last hurdle for a Sheetz store to be built in the city, and Mayor Frank Mullens discussed recent flash flooding in the city.
Also in this week’s local government news, four cities in Kanawha County are planning to apply for home rule status thus far – St. Albans, South Charleston, Nitro and Dunbar. Four other cities – Montgomery, Clendenin, Belle and Handley – haven’t ruled out the possibility. Check out the story to hear from officials across the county concerning home rule.
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Here are government meetings and related events for next week:
Monday, Sept. 9
10 a.m. – Kanawha County Public Safety Grant Committee
5 p.m. – Greater Sissonville Development
5:30 p.m. – Charleston Ordinance and Rules Committee
7 p.m. – South Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Noon – South Charleston Economic Development Authority
7 p.m. – Handley Town Council
7:30 p.m. – Montgomery Town Council
Wednesday, Sept. 11
1 p.m. – South Charleston Museum Board
Thursday, Sept. 12
8:30 a.m. – Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals