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South Charleston updates zoning, announces Summerfest schedule

By Marta Ree Tankersley

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- New business at the South Charleston city council meeting Thursday evening included the first reading of a rezoning ordinance for Rock Lake Village to mirror the residential zoning that currently exists.

"Rock Lake Village is essentially made up of single family dwellings now," said city engineer Steve DeBarr. "The previous zone allowed four-unit apartments, but this new ordinance will keep things the way they are now."

The one exception is in East Village, according to DeBarr, where the existing apartments will be "grandfathered in."

The schedule for South Charleston's Summerfest 2013, set for August 13-18 and sponsored in part by Masters Law Firm, Huntington Banks, Thornhill Automotive Group and WQBE, was announced by Bob Anderson, executive director of the convention and visitors bureau.

Activities and refreshments, including movie night, snow cones and cotton candy, a Jupiter Jump, face painting and fireworks, will be provided free of charge, Anderson said.

"No other city in the state does all this for free," he said.

Also Thursday, an ordinance passed last month prohibiting renting rooms to boarders was amended to clarify its language. Councilman Jef Stevens, who opposed the original ordinance, also voted against this one.

In other action, Mayor Frank Mullens donated $2,500 to the Kanawha Dental Health Council, which provided free dental care to more than 700 children at Bridgeview Elementary School last year.

Council voted to make an annual $1,000 donation to the organization, and will make a revision to the city's budget to reflect that action.

The public works director also reported that construction of a new basketball court at Joplin Park is underway.

For his work in providing security at the Armed Forces Day Parade in May 2013, Fire Chief John Taylor was presented an engraved plaque by Convention Bureau Chairman Patty Shamblin.

"Because of the recent Boston Marathon bombing, there was a heightened state of alert during the parade," he said.

The South Charleston Fire Department provided security, air monitors, first aid and comfort stations in cooperation with the city police department, Taylor said."We erred on the side of caution," he said.


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