Bill Watch (Aug. 19)

August 19, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Action on bills in Charleston City Council for this update took place from Aug. 12 through Aug. 19:

ORDINANCES

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

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. PASSED by council on Aug. 19.

ACTION on previously introduced measures

City Council

None.

City Council Committees

No. 7633 – Sales tax – Establishes a one-half cent sales tax to fund police and fire pensions in the city. PASSED by Finance Committee on Aug. 19. Moves to state Municipal Home Rule Board, public hearing on Sept. 2 and city council.

INTRODUCED bills on first reading.

None.

ACTIVE remaining bills.

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. APPROVED by Municipal Planning Commission on Aug. 6. Moves to  Planning Committee.

No. 7629 – Planning Commission – Formally makes procedural rules for the Municipal Planning Commission comply with state law. APPROVED by Municipal Planning Commission on Aug. 6. Moves to  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.

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.

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 Jones requested the bill be withdrawn on Aug. 4. Withdrawn by council on Aug. 19.

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. Withdrawn by council on Aug. 19.

RESOLUTIONS

Passed

488-14 -  Approves an agreement between the city police department and the U.S. Department of Justice for participation in the West Virginia DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force.

489-14 – Approves the reception of a $136,264 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund equipment for the police department. Of that amount, $93,690 will go to the city and $42,574 will go to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

490-14 -  Approves a two-year agreement with ASR – West Virginia Uniforms for employee uniforms for the public works department at $247.50 per set.

491-14 -  Approves spending $25,000 to fix an embankment at 708 Amity Drive. The work will be performed by K&N Contracting.

492-14 -  Approves budget amendments that removed two carpenter positions and added a foreman position and operator in the street department and that moved $5,000 from the emergency services fund for the creation of a “Flood Mitigation Plan.”

• Approved an agreement between the city police department and the U.S. Department of Justice for participation in the West Virginia DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force.

• Approved the reception of a $136,264 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund equipment for the police department. Of that amount, $93,690 will go to the city and $42,574 will go to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

• Approved a two-year agreement with ASR – West Virginia Uniforms for employee uniforms for the public works department at $247.50 per set.

• Approved spending $25,000 to fix an embankment at 708 Amity Drive. The work will be performed by K&N Contracting.

• Approved budget amendments that removed two carpenter positions and added a foreman position and operator in the street department and that moved $5,000 from the emergency services fund for the creation of a “Flood Mitigation Plan.”

- See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/DM01/140819186/1296#sthash.qmQjjX8z.dpuf

• Approved an agreement between the city police department and the U.S. Department of Justice for participation in the West Virginia DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force.

• Approved the reception of a $136,264 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund equipment for the police department. Of that amount, $93,690 will go to the city and $42,574 will go to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

• Approved a two-year agreement with ASR – West Virginia Uniforms for employee uniforms for the public works department at $247.50 per set.

• Approved spending $25,000 to fix an embankment at 708 Amity Drive. The work will be performed by K&N Contracting.

• Approved budget amendments that removed two carpenter positions and added a foreman position and operator in the street department and that moved $5,000 from the emergency services fund for the creation of a “Flood Mitigation Plan.”

- See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/DM01/140819186/1296#sthash.qmQjjX8z.dpuf

Rejected

None.

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