Here’s what happened in local government this week, Oct. 21 to Oct. 25:
CHARLESTON – City council approved an ordinance that overhauls the city’s municipal elections. City elections will now be held on the same dates as county and state contests, beginning in 2018. The change is expected to save the city money and increase voter turnout at the same time.
ST. ALBANS – City council discussed the opening of the new Kanawha River bridge linking St. Albans and Nitro, and also discussed flooding issues and moving city elections to county and state contests, like Charleston did the same evening.
DUNBAR – An ordinance that would add a $50 fee to city police-issued fines barely passed city council on first reading. Also, the city’s proposed urban agriculture ordinance, up for passage on second reading to become law, was tabled.
COUNTY – Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board members discussed the results of the first meeting of a new City/Town Recycling Committee, which aims to provide more consistency in recycling across the county.
AIRPORT – Yeager Airport received a $700,000 grant that could help snag new direct airline service to Florida.
CHARLESTON – An ordinance that would allow single-stream recycling in Charleston will be introduced at a November city council meeting, council’s Environment and Recycling Committee learned.
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Also this week, a meeting was held on a proposed spay/neuter clinic; construction on the Division of Highways District 1 headquarters on Charleston’s East End is on time; South Hills and Edgewood residents express concern over coyotes; and Pratt Mayor Gary Fields’ wife is arrested for violating a protective order.
In addition, area homeowners are starting to see the spike in flood insurance premiums as a result of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012. Local officials warned residents of the coming increases in a Daily Mail story back in August.
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Here are government meetings and related events for next week:
Monday, Oct. 28
5:30 p.m. – South Charleston Library Board.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
5 p.m. – Kanawha County Commissioners.
Friday, Nov. 1
Noon – Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge opens.