Bill Watch (Aug. 5)

August 5, 2014 by Matt Murphy

After a hiatus (of several months, I know), Bill Watch is back for Charleston city council. Action on bills for this update took place from July 28 through Aug. 4:

ORDINANCES

PASSED on second reading at city council, making the ordinance law

No bills.

ACTION on previously introduced measures

City Council

None.

City Council Committees

No. 7616 – Race fees – Establishes fees for races and changes fees for recreation facilities in the city. PASSED by council’s Parks and Recreation Committee on Aug. 4. Moves to Finance Committee.

INTRODUCED bills on first reading.

No. 7628 – Delayed demolition – Establishes a process for review of demolition applications for historic properties. APPROVED by the Strong Neighborhoods Task Force on July 16. Moves to Municipal Planning Commission and Planning Committee.

No. 7629 – Planning Commission – Formally makes procedural rules for the Municipal Planning Commission comply with state law. Moves to Municipal Planning Commission and Planning Committee.

No. 7630 – Parking – Establishes a no parking zone on a section of Elmore Avenue between Preston Street and Claire Street. Moves to Streets and Traffic Committee.

No. 7631 – Parking – Establishes a no parking zone on a section of Court Street between Lee Street and Quarrier Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Moves to Streets and Traffic Committee.

No. 7632 – Urban hunting – Formally allows persons with a Class Y crossbow permit to use a crossbow during the city’s annual urban deer hunt. Moves to Ordinance and Rules Committee.

No. 7633 – Sales tax – Establishes a one-half cent sales tax to fund police and fire pensions in the city. Moves to Finance Committee.

ACTIVE remaining bills.

No. 7626 – Fire protection fees – A bill to double fire protection fees for residential and commercial properties in the city. Introduced by request of Mayor Danny Jones on July 21. Jones requested the bill be withdrawn on Aug. 4.

No. 7627 – Refuse fees – A bill to raise refuse fees for refuse collected by the city. Introduced by request of Mayor Danny Jones on July 21. Jones requested the bill be withdrawn on Aug. 4.

INACTIVE remaining bills.

No. 7598 – CatsTABLED by council’s Ordinance & Rules Committee on Sept. 9. As written, this ordinance would place restrictions on cat ownership in city limits and other regulations on cats. Introduced by Councilman Cubert Smith. The Ordinance & Rules Committee voted to table the bill after public opposition, instead opting to look for other solutions to the city’s feral cat problem.

KILLED bills.

None.

RESOLUTIONS

Passed

482-14 – Authorizes the receipt of a $31,000 grant from the state Division of Justice and Community Services to help fund the salary for the Charleston Police Department’s victim services advocate.

483-14 – Authorizes the receipt of a $40,000 grant from the state Division of Justice and Community Services to help fund the salary for prevention resource officers at Stonewall Jackson Middle and Capital High schools.

484-14 – Authorizes the receipt of a $37,054.69 grant from the state Division of Justice and Community Services to help fund salaries for officers of the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team.

485-14 – Approves of a $10,000 grant from the Kanawha County Commission’s Violence Against Women Recovery Act for overtime for the police department’s domestic violence officer.

486-14 – Authorizes city officials to execute an encroachment agreement between the city and Janet Runion, Richard Carpenter and Kenneth Carpenter for encroachment on a property at 1902 Davis Circle.

Rejected

None.

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Bill Watch is a weekly series, published on Tuesdays, that provides updates on ordinances moving through Charleston city council and its committees. To see past posts, click the Bill Watch” topic link on the right of this page.

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Bill Watch is a weekly series, published on Mondays, that provides updates on ordinances moving through Charleston city council and its committees. To see past posts, click the Bill Watch” topic link on the right of this page.

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