St. Albans has moved closer to issuing up to $2.2 million in new water bonds and leasing a new rescue truck for the Fire Department.
During its Monday evening meeting, Mayor Dick Callaway also swore in Adam Stout, the police department's newest patrolman.
The water bonds passed a second reading and will be brought up for a public hearing and final reading on May 20. Also on May 20, a public hearing and final reading is scheduled for approving the refinancing of $9.1 million in water and sewer bonds that were issued in 2010. The refinancing, at a lower interest rate, is expected to save the city $147,000.
During a brief public hearing Monday, Fire Chief S.D. Parsons said he expects the city's new rescue truck will be delivered May 18. Emergency Vehicles Inc. of Lake Park, Fla., is building it.
Parsons said he visited the factory last week and inspected the truck to make sure the city will receive what it expects. He said the truck's sticker price is $209,000 but it will cost the city only $6,000.
"The rest will be paid with corporate, state and county grants," he said.
Following the public hearing, city council gave final approval to a plan to lease the new truck through Country Roads Leasing Limited Liability Co. of Bridgeport.
The new truck will replace a 15-year-old truck that was built by the same company.
Family members and numerous city police officers attended the meeting to watch Stout's swearing-in ceremony. Afterwards, Stout's mother, Susan, pinned his new badge on his shirt.
Stout said he has been with the Parkersburg Police Department since late 2009. He attended the University of Wyoming and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq.
Also at the meeting, city council approved the 2014 Municipal Utility Commission's water and sewer budgets. Combined, they total $6.5 million. Michael Griffith, the city's accountant, said the sewer budget includes one additional employee for pump maintenance, but the Greater Saint Albans Public Service District will pay for the worker.
In response to a question from Councilwoman Helen Warren, Griffith said the 2014 and 2013 water and sewer budgets are nearly identical.
In other action, council agreed to pay:
* $358,813 to West Virginia Paving for spring street paving.
* Current invoices totaling $35,147.
* Blake Roofing $33,100 for emergency roofing for the city garage.
* Chapman Technical Group $10,207 for a Streetscape project.
* A total of $6,478 for 17 Hazmat suits. The city will be reimbursed by grant funds.
* The costs of the June 1 municipal general election.
Early voting will be May 17 to May 29 in the Municipal Utility Commission's Conference Room. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday May 18 and Saturday May 25 early voting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 1, general election day.
City offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.
During announcements it became clear that many activities are scheduled Saturday:
* The Rotary Club will host a pancake breakfast at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in St. Albans.
* There will be a citywide yard sale from 8 a.m. until dusk.
* The Founders Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m. and Founders Day will be celebrated on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.