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Skinner Drive in St. Albans to get repairs

By Bridget May

St. Albans City Council members voted to sign a resolution Monday giving Mayor Dick Callaway the green light to execute a grant contract with the West Virginia Development Office.

The state Legislature approved $20,000 in funds to St. Albans to make repairs to Skinner Drive. City officials have been working to obtain funding for the Skinner Drive project "for some time," Callaway said.

Resident Betty Moore said Skinner is an orphan road. She and others have worked for years to get it included in the city street system. However, repairs to the drainage system and the street itself have to be made to the satisfaction of the city for that to happen.

Callaway also read a letter from state Sens Brooks McCabe, Corey Palumbo, Dan Foster and Erik Wells stating they have requested $15,000 to finance the remainder of the repairs to Skinner Drive.

Following the submission of an application from the Mayor's Office, the state Senate will process the request. If approved, the city will move forward with repairs, which will be paid for up front with city funds and then reimbursed by the state.

Moore thanked the council for "working so hard to make this a reality."

Currently, there is no projected timeline for the repairs to Skinner Drive.

In other business, the council addressed the need to fill the vacancy in Ward 2 as a result of Councilman JD Adkins' resignation. Adkins relocated to another ward and is no longer qualified to represent Ward 2.

Vice Mayor and Council-at-Large member, Helen Warren, moved that the issue be referred to the People's Party, which will submit the names of three candidates to be voted on by city council.

Furthermore, the council voted to refer a petition, submitted by Samuel and Doris Cable, to the Planning and Zoning and Public Works committees, to close and abandon a 10 foot right of way, adjacent to the property on 853 Vine St.

The council also voted to award a bid of $206,826 to EVI for a new rescue truck for the city's fire department.

Councilman Kenneth Pennington applauded Chief Stephen Parsons on his work to obtain funding for the new truck, leaving the city responsible for only $5,798 in costs.

"That's your fire chief hard at work for the citizens," Pennington said.

Officer Jake Dent was recognized in front of the council for his diligence in tracking down a suspect who later pleaded guilty to robbing a citizen at knifepoint.

Brandon Perry was also recognized for graduating as Valedictorian from the Police Academy.



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