Here’s what’s happened in local government from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20:
CHARLESTON – Mayor Danny Jones denied a Spencer artist the chance to speak at a city council meeting after the city removed his Peer to Pier mural without his knowledge. Council also got its first look at the final draft of the Imagine Charleston plan.
DUNBAR – City council will take up an urban agriculture ordinance nearly identical to the one Charleston passed this summer. An ordinance limiting the use of ATVs was also introduced. As a bit of background, local beekeeper and Dunbar resident Sharon Pearson helped get the ordinance off the ground, something she said she would do when I interviewed her in June.
ST. ALBANS – The city will auction three lots it owns, and city council got an update on flooding issues in town.
COUNTY (SWA): The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority discussed introducing an ordinance in Charleston’s city council that would allow single-stream recycling in the city. Other cities in the Kanawha Valley and the state already have such systems.
NITRO – City council learned that Fruth Pharmacy plans to expand its Nitro location to include a drive-through for picking up prescriptions. Council will have to approve allowing the drive-through, however. The pharmacy has been in the same place for 30 years.
AIRPORT – Yeager Airport officials learned that work will begin Monday on a major earth removal project to reduce the height of a hill near one of the airport’s runways. Officials will hold a public meeting with residents in the area on Oct. 2.
COUNTY (Parks) – The Kanawha County Parks Commission learned that the artificial turf at the Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium is failing – which turns out to be happening all across the country.
KRT – The Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority voted to spend $10,000 on a project that will put KRT’s bus routes on Google Transit.
COUNTY (Commission) – Commissioners approved a plan by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department to give a car to the town of Pratt, with the stipulation that Mayor Gary Fields not be allowed to operate (see the weekly update below).
SOUTH CHARLESTON: City council approved a plan to abandon an alley to make way for a new Sheetz store.
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Also this week, the West Virginia State Police formally charged Pratt Mayor Gary Fields with one count of simple possession of a controlled substance, Glasgow’s volunteer fire department was given land for a new fire station and the Daily Mail obtained figures from the Division of Forestry’s stump survey at Coonskin Park.
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Here are government meetings and related events for next week:
Monday, Sept. 23
5:30 p.m. – South Charleston Library Board
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Noon – East End Main Street board of directors.
3 p.m. – Charleston Municipal Planning Commission.
Thursday, Sept. 26
8:30 a.m. – Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals