Here’s what happened in local government this week, Oct. 14 to Oct. 18:
CHARLESTON – The Charleston Land Trust discussed the possibility of transferring the Wallace Hartman Nature Preserve from the county to the city as well as future recreation opportunities along the Elk River.
NITRO – Nitro’s city council learned that the area behind the Nitro Marketplace may soon be developed.
CHARLESTON – CURA raised facade grant limits and gave uniformity to facade grant programs across the city. It also approved funding for one of the last phases of the new East End Community Park.
EAST END – East End Main Street’s board of directors learned that events for the organization’s HallowEast event next weekend have taken off in popularity. The board also learned it received a REAP grant for solar-powered recycling bins for the neighborhood.
CHARLESTON – The Strong Neighborhoods Task Force learned that the city is working to develop a delayed demolition ordinance, which could help save historic buildings.
COUNTY PARKS – The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission will consider suing Russell Trucking at its November meeting. Russell Trucking is the contractor who is accused of illegally timbering land in Coonskin Park. The parks commission also started discussion on the future of Shawnee Park.
CHARLESTON – City council’s Committee on Urban Renewal moved forward on two ordinances that would reenact urban renewal districts downtown and on the West Side.
SOUTH CHARLESTON – South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens told city council members that several businesses in the city have been charging customers Charleston’s half-cent sales tax. Some businesses had fixed the mistake, but others had not yet done so.
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Also this week, West Side Main Street reported record numbers at its OktoberWest event; Mayor Danny Jones wants the city to re-file charges against Phil Reale, a lobbyist accused of soliciting a prostitute and who’s name was left of a press release about the sting, after the Daily Mail broke the story on Monday; and Amtrak released its annual passenger numbers, and the station at Charleston topped 10,000 passengers for the first time in years.
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Here are government meetings and related events for next week:
Monday, Oct. 21
6:30 p.m. – Charleston Finance Committee.
7 p.m. – Charleston City Council.
7 p.m. – Dunbar City Council.
7 p.m. – Glasgow City Council.
7:30 p.m. – St. Albans City Council.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Noon – Yeager Airport Board.