The week in local government (Feb. 21 edition)

February 21, 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 Daily Mail coverage related to local government this week, Feb. 17 to Feb. 21:

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Presidents’ Day holiday.


COUNTY (SWA) – Following the success of recycling drop-off bins for plastic, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority is seeking ways to make those locations permanent.

CHARLESTON – Mayor Danny Jones is asking city council members to consider funding water testing for homes an businesses throughout the city.

ST. ALBANS – St. Albans city council members are considering implementing a fee for a mandated stormwater control program.


CHARLESTON (CURA) – The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority received an update on the progress of 1601 Washington Street East on the East End.

CHARLESTON – The city’s Strong Neighborhoods Task Force voted to begin moving a proposed vacant property ordinance through the city council process (Read the ordinance here).


COUNTY (Parks) – The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission voted to allow an oil and gas company to drill a gas well at Shawnee Park. The commission also revisited other ongoing issues.

COUNTY (Commission) – Kanawha County’s elected officials presented their budget requests to the county commissioners. Of those, the sheriff asked for the most.

SOUTH CHARLESTON – South Charleston’s city council voted to purchase a new truck for the city’s fleet and conducted other city business.

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In other Kanawha County local government news, a ribbon-cutting was held for the Glenwood at Luna Park apartments on the West Side, formerly Glenwood Elementary School; and the county parks commission is taking the Coonskin logger to court (read the lawsuit here).

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Here are a few highlights of local government news statewide this week:

  • In Marshall County, roads were shut down this week as a massive de-ethanizer was moved across the county (Wheeling Intelligencer).
  • In Mineral County, Keyser’s city council has slashed funding to the local library (News-Tribune).
  • In Barbour County, Sheriff John Hawkins was found guilty of mail fraud and will be forced to resign (Inter-Mountain).

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

Monday, Feb. 24

5:30 p.m. – South Charleston Library Board.

7 p.m. – Charleston Planning Committee.

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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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