PRATT, W.Va. -- After going into a closed-door executive session, the Pratt Town Council voted to strip Mayor Gary Fields of the right to operate city vehicles at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
Instead, the council will reimburse Fields for mileage if he has to use his own vehicle to conduct city business.
Councilman Eric Holcomb said the decision was "based on past allegations," but did not elaborate further. Council members did not want to be interviewed by media outlets after the meeting.
"It's a liability," Holcomb said.
On Monday, the Charleston Gazette reported Fields was under investigation by Kanawha County prosecutors and State Police. The investigation came as the result of a traffic stop on Aug. 29.
The council's agenda only listed "Usage of City vehicle," but did not elaborate further. Council members cited "personnel issues" as the reason for going into executive session.
Pratt currently owns and pays insurance for nine vehicles, which was another topic of discussion for council. Some vehicles do not run.
"Some of these vehicles are probably irreparable," Councilman Herb Hoover said.
The insurance on the unused vehicles costs the town an extra $5,700 each year, Holcomb said. A request to remove the vehicles from the insurance was made by the previous recorder, council members learned, but the vehicles are still listed on the policy.
"We need three vehicles -- two police cruisers and a pickup truck," Holcomb said. "That's it."
Council decided to look into selling and removing the vehicles and start looking for a new insurance provider to reduce the town's insurance rate.
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