The week in local government (Aug. 22)

August 22, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Here’s a recap of Daily Mail coverage related to local government this week, Aug. 18 to Aug. 22:

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CHARLESTON – City council’s Finance Committee moved forward on a proposed sales tax increase in Charleston.

DUNBAR – City council members approved wage increases for some city employees and passed on second reading an ordinance creating an urban deer hunt.

ST. ALBANS – St. Albans city council considered updating its traffic violation ordinance to include insurance requirements already enforced by the state.


COUNTY(SWA) – The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority voted to spend over $90,000 to pave the public drop off area at the recycling center on Slack Street.


COUNTY (Parks) – Kanawha County Parks and Recreation commissioners discussed the future of a new boat ramp at Coonskin Park as well as the outcome of the Coonskin logging trial.

SOUTH CHARLESTON – South Charleston Public Works Director Gerald Burgy told city council the city is still working to acquire salt for the winter.

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In other Kanawha County local government news, a three-judge panel has been appointed in the Mark Plants case; Glasgow residents could see water and sewer bills go up around 26 percent on average; prices for road salt are double what they were last year, putting strain on city budgets; alternate options for electronics recycling are available; the hearing on the mountaintop removal mine near Kanawha State Forest is finished; and the accused Coonskin Park logger was found not guilty (timeline and background here).

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

Monday, Aug. 25

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

Thursday, Aug. 28

5 p.m. – Kanawha County Commission.

5:30 p.m. – Charleston Environment & Recycling 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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