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Dunbar council considers texting, motorized scooter ordinances

By Aran Jenkins

DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar City Council members approved several ordinances on first reading at the regular meeting Monday night, including one that limits use of motorized scooters on city streets and crosswalks. 

Council members will take up each of the ordinances again to consider passage at a future meeting. 

Yeager said that scooters and carts for disabled citizens would be required to have a reflective flag to make motorists see them easier.

Another ordinance prohibits the use of cellphones while driving without hands-free devices. According to Mayor Jack Yeager, this ordinance uses the exact language from state code, which already makes texting while driving a primary offense and talking on the phone while driving without a hands-free device a primary offense starting July 1, 2013.

With primary offenses like texting while driving, officers can cite drivers who have not violated other traffic laws.

Also, council members approved a pair of ordinances amending the city jail fees and the cost of fines imposed by the city. City Clerk Ross Harrison said that there would be a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. before the next city council meeting Oct. 15, which is required whenever there is a proposed increase to fees or fines.

In other business, the city has agreed to lease the property of the old Ames store site and Dunbar Plaza from Zamias Property Services. Dunbar plans to maintain the property and possibly add a city park. The property has fallen into disrepair in recent years.  

Yeager announced the Dunbar citywide yard sale will be held Saturday. According to Joanne Cordell, the yard sale is scheduled to last from at least 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cordell said that about 25 citizens have registered to be included on city-distributed maps as advertisement. Yeager said anyone wishing to register with the city before Saturday is welcome to call (304) 766-0223.

Also Monday, Fire Chief Butch Ellis invited everyone out to the Annual Pancake Breakfast, which is sponsored by the Dunbar Fire Department and will be held Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Ellis, who was wearing a pink shirt in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also said the fire department currently has pink T-shirts for sale.


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