ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway told City Council it has become clear that a three-pronged approach is needed to mitigate future flooding in the city.
"We know what's out there and what needs to take place," Callaway said at Monday evening's council meeting. "A plan is needed. Whatever is done has to be done with permits through the agencies that are involved.
"And we need to keep bottles and trash out of the streams."
Callaway's comments came in the wake of July flooding along three tributaries of the Kanawha River. Flooding has been the dominant topic at council meetings since.
Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers toured affected areas on July 18. Some city residents and representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service toured several areas last week.
Callaway said he expects a letter from the Natural Resources Conservation Service within a week outlining that agency's findings. Meanwhile, he said the city continues to work with several agencies and continues to seek assistance.
Gary Hagar of 818 Monmouth St. said he has asked three times for concrete to be cleaned out of the storm drain in front of his house.
"Who do I speak with?" he asked.
Callaway said he should talk to Public Works Director Orville Browning.
Also at the meeting, council gave final approval to an ordinance closing and abandoning portions of Seventh Avenue and an alleyway in the Holley Addition, and accepting a deed from the Washington Street Church of Christ trustees transferring a 30-foot-wide lot in Holley Addition to the city.
Twenty feet of the lot's width will be used to replace the abandoned alley. City Attorney Charles Riffee said the city would make the final decision within one year as to how the new stretch of alley will be paved.
The church's trustees requested the changes. Rick McCormick, representing the church, thanked Callaway, the council and the various boards and committees involved in the property swap. "We feel like we've been treated fairly, professionally, and with courtesy," he said.
"I think from the start we all worked together to solve a problem. Thank you."
In other action, council approved motions by Finance Chairman John Boles to pay:
* Walker Machinery $2,825 for repairs to a garbage truck.
* Chapman Technical Group, which serves as the city engineer, $2,700 for engineering services.
* Current invoices totaling $21,926.
Council also gave the Finance Committee permission to seek sealed bids for a new indoor batting cage in City Park and gave the committee permission to award or reject bids for surplus vehicles and equipment.
Councilwoman Cheryl Thomas noted the annual City Wide Yard Sale would be from 8 a.m. to dusk on Saturday.
Councilman Desper Lemon announced Ward 7's Neighborhood Watch would meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at St. Peters United Methodist Church.
Callaway announced there were sellout crowds for the production of "The Wind in the Willows" at the Alban Arts Center. He said more than 100 people have enrolled at the Alban Arts Academy.
The next council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 on the second floor of the city building on Sixth Avenue.