The week in local government (Feb. 7 edition)

February 7, 2014 by Matt Murphy

The chemical leak and water contamination remain the biggest news topic in the Kanawha Valley.  You can find a list of our coverage here.

Here’s a recap of other news related to local government this week, Feb. 2 to Feb. 7:

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CHARLESTON – City council approved two new zoning ordinances and Mayor Danny Jones said the city has selected two law firms to represent the city in lawsuits over the Freedom Industries chemical leak.

ST. ALBANS – A new member was appointed to the St. Albans city council, and council also discussed a stormwater fee.

DUNBAR – Dunbar’s city council learned a new disc golf course in the city may be complete by spring.


NITRO – A drop in revenue at the Mardi Gras Casino has affected Nitro’s budget. Officials are also concerned about a proposed law that would take away 15 percent of the revenue the city gets from the casino.


SOUTH CHARLESTON – City council learned the South Charleston Sanitary Board will be giving customers a 1,000-gallon discount on their sewer bills in light of the issues with West Virginia American Water.

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In other Kanawha County local government news, Marmet is considering an ordinance that would prohibit future apartment construction; the rough winter weather lately is causing local communities to use twice their normal use of salt; the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office East City Patrol assists Eastern Kanawha communities in police enforcement; the Kanawha County commission’s legislative agenda is getting good reception; and Pratt Mayor Gary Fields plead guilty to a 2013 drug charge.

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New this week, I’ll be starting to include a few highlights of local government news statewide. Here’s a few stories this week:

  • In Hardy County, a hearing to remove two of three county commissioners has been moved to March (Moorefield Examiner).
  • In Barbour County, the mayor of Phillipi attempted to vote as a council member at a public meeting (again), causing conflict in that city (Inter-Mountain).
  • In Ohio County, Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie said a proposed bill to reduce gambling revenues to local governments by 15 percent is “breaking a promise” to local taxpayers. Wheeling has the Wheeling Island Casino (Wheeling Intelligencer).
  • In Hancock County, local officials are also concerned about the 15 percent cut. The Mountaineer Casino is located in Chester (Wheeling Intelligencer).
  • In Wood County, officials heard the benefits of bringing a minor league baseball team to the area (News and Sentinel).
  • In Pocahontas County, the Rebuild Marlinton group is still working to help the community recover from a devastating fire in November (Pocahontas Times).
  • In Harrison County, Clarksburg’s city council is discussing whether a city councilman can remain in office after being convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault last month (Exponent Telegram).
  • In McDowell County Earl Click was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 death of War Mayor Tom Hatcher (Bluefield Daily Telegraph).
  • In Monongalia County, Morgantown’s city council passed a resolution asking the state Legislature to allow same-sex marriage.

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Here are government meetings and related events scheduled next week in Kanawha County:

Monday, Feb. 10

5 p.m. – Greater Sissonville Development Council.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

4 p.m. – West Side Main Street.

7 p.m. – Handley Town Council.

7:15 p.m. – Pratt Town Council.

7:30 p.m. – Montgomery City Council.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

1 p.m. – South Charleston Museum Board.

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“The Week in Local Government” is a weekly post, published around lunchtime on Fridays, that recaps the Daily Mail’s local government coverage for the week. Past editions are available by clicking on the “The Week in Government” link on the right side of this page.

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