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Nitro ends fiscal year with surplus

By Marta Ree Tankersley

NITRO, W.Va. -- The city of Nitro ended the fiscal year with a surplus of more than $29,000 in the budget, according to Treasurer John Young.

Young reported the budget results from the fiscal year -- which ended June 30 -- at a Nitro City Council meeting Tuesday.

"We received $5,912,699 and spent $5,882,780. That's well under budget," Young said.

Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt said the city is in a much better financial situation now than a few years ago, and that Young has done an "outstanding job."

Full financial reports will be published at a later date.

Also on Tuesday, council members adopted an ordinance authorizing the design of improvements and extensions to the city's $8.3 million public sewer facilities. The ordinance and its financing was presented by Mark Imbrogno, attorney for Nitro Regional Wastewater.

Council members also approved a supplemental resolution related to the sanitation project to provide further details of financing obtained through Huntington National Bank. The interest rate will not exceed 3 percent.

Interest rates are based on household incomes and user rates, according to attorney Samme L. Gee of Jackson Kelly.

Casebolt also reported Tuesday that the city will move forward with Army Corp of Engineer plans to reclaim swampland on the 700 block of DuPont, following a public hearing earlier this month.

The land will be used for a park and walking trails.

In addition, Lynne Fruth, president of Fruth Pharmacies, reported that her company is planning to expand in Nitro, with plans at 101 21st Street, which now houses the Dollar General, a pet shop and record store.

Renovations -- scheduled for completion in June 2014 -- include installation of a pharmacy drive through window at the rear of the building, which would require making the alley from 21st Street to 22nd Street open only to one-way traffic.

"We are hoping the drive through window will further assist the elderly population and those who are disabled," she said.

According to Casebolt, the police department has determined the measure would not cause a significant disruption of traffic patterns. The project plans will be reviewed by the ordinance committee and recommendations will be made at a later date.

In other news:

* Lee Painter was appointed to the Nitro Development Authority.

* The Oct. 4 Nitro High School Homecoming Parade route was approved.

* Council approved a new fire department policy manual.

* Trash bag distribution will commence Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. -- 2 p.m. at the Public Works Department. Residents must present current municipal invoice to receive free bags.


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