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South Charleston mayor says incorrect addresses serious issue

The use of "Charleston" in addresses that are actually in South Charleston has become a serious problem, South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said.

During a busy meeting Thursday, South Charleston City Council also heard some details about Speedway's plan to replace its convenience store and gasoline station on MacCorkle Avenue.

Mullens said the incorrect addressing of mail bound for South Charleston has become a tax issue. He said Target and some other South Charleston businesses have been charging the City of Charleston's half-percent sales tax, which recently went into effect there.

When it comes to West Virginia American Water bills that incorrectly carry a Charleston address, "The question is where is the utility tax money going?" Mullens said. "We don't know. We want them to track it all the way."

Mullens said Lowe's and Dollar Tree were mistakenly collecting Charleston's sales tax but have quit.

"I think it's a problem with Postal Service software code," he said. "The answer I get from the Postal Service is unacceptable. We're working on it and will do our best to get it resolved."

As for Speedway's planned new facility, council moved to clear the way by giving preliminary approval to a land-swap deal.

Some years ago Speedway constructed a 175-foot-long sidewalk on Fourth Avenue, behind its existing store. The company has offered to convey that sidewalk to the city and extend it by 186 feet in return for an 80-foot-long, 15-foot-wide drive the city owns near MacCorkle Avenue.

Speedway representatives who attended Thursday's meeting said the company has already acquired two small lots from the University of Charleston. The university acquired a total of 6.8 acres in the area in 2006 when The Dow Chemical Co.'s Union Carbide Corp. subsidiary donated Building 82 to the university.

In response to a query from the Daily Mail, University of Charleston Communications Director Scott Castleman said that according to Cleta Harless, the university's executive vice president and chief financial officer, the school does not foresee the proposed land swap with Speedway having any ramifications on the future sale and development of the university's remaining property.

The proposed deal must be approved by council again before it becomes final.

Speedway's expansion plan comes after Sheetz revealed plans to build a gasoline station and convenience store in Spring Hill, several blocks west of the Speedway.

In other action Thursday, council agreed to buy portable baskets for the Community Center from Griffin Sports LLC of Cincinnati, Ohio, for $26,680.

Council also approved spending $71,237 to landscape and re-sod the front nine holes of Little Creek Golf Course. Councilman Jeff Means, who chairs the Finance Committee, said that although the budget has now been set, a bidder had not yet been selected.


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