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Dunbar council approves a $14 million sewer bond ordinance

By Marta Ree Tankersley

DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar City Council unanimously approved a $14 million sewer bond ordinance at their meeting Monday evening.

Attorney John Stump of Steptoe and Johnson said the city anticipates borrowing $2 million less for the project because the bids on all three of its phases came in lower than expected. As a result, Sanitary Department Director Ron Byrnside is working with officials to determine what other storm drain improvements may be approved by the Department of Environmental Protection in time to be added to the project.

"The total on the construction, itself, is about $9 million," said Paul Ghosh, the city sanitation engineer and project manager. "Other costs include engineering design, land acquisition and legal fees."

Funding is also provided to repair any "sidewalks, curbs or driveways disrupted during construction," he said.

Rover Construction of St. Albans is expected to be awarded two projects and Fields Excavating of Kitts Hill, Ohio, is expected to be awarded one project at the closing on Jan. 9, 2014. Construction on the extensions, additions and improvements of the sewage and sanitation system are scheduled to begin Jan. 15, weather permitting. There could be multiple construction sites on each project, Ghosh said.

"There is a lot of work to be done here in Dunbar," Byrnside said. "It will be good for our citizens."

Police Chief Earl Whittington announced a special meeting of the neighborhood watch on Dec. 12 at the Bingo Building at 2605 Charles Ave. from 6:30-8:30 p.m. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will be the special guest speaker.

Public Works Director Mike Williams announced changes to the city's garbage collection schedule because of Thanksgiving.

Recycling will be picked up on the Wednesday, Nov. 27, before Thanksgiving, he said. Trucks will not run on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day, or Nov. 29. On the Monday following Thanksgiving, collection will resume with pick-up of refuse normally collected on <co >Monday and Thursday. On Tuesday, they will collect refuse normally collected on <co>Tuesday and Friday.

Also Monday, the council members approved payment of $175,754.70 in regular invoices, $5,378.05 for Matheny Motors to repair a garbage truck, and up to $2,500 for the city employees' Christmas luncheon.

"State law allows us to spend $25 per employee once a year, and we do that at Christmas as a way of saying thanks to them," Mayor Terry Greenlee said.

Council recognized South Charleston High School sophomore Sandy Richards for her being nominated to attend the Congress for Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., which is coming up in February.

"Sandy will be representing the city and the state nationally before Nobel Peace Prize winners, inventors and scientists," Greenlee said. "It's an outstanding achievement."

Larry Dawson, president and chief financial officer of IVS Hydro, Inc., which, according to its website, provides hydro demolition to large-scale industries, contributed $500 to Richards' travel expenses.

Council also recognized the service of U.S. veterans.

"While I'm not a veteran, I am certainly a beneficiary of what vets have done and appreciate that," Councilman Steve Arnott said.

Interim Recreation Director Bub Jones announced the annual Christmas parade is set for Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

"The parade will begin forming at the old toll bridge at 6 and will end with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at City Hall," Jones said.   

 


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