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Dunbar tables building permit fee increase

By Bridget May

Dunbar City Council tabled a measure that would increase building permit fees Monday night.

Council members passed the first reading of the proposed amendment at the last regular meeting, with the understanding that the fees would simply round up to the nearest dollar. For example, if the fee for a particular permit is $37.50, it would be rounded up to an even $38.

However, Mayor Jack Yeager said that the city "thought they (fees) were simple and they're not."

He said that in addition to building about 30 building permit fees that would be affected, the ordinance includes "handymen licenses" that are more complicated.

Yeager said the city was "not quite ready" to amend the article and that it would be on the agenda for first reading at the next regular council meeting. Afterward, a public hearing will be set before the item goes up for second reading.

Council members did, however, unanimously approve a measure dictating when residents may set out their garbage for collection.

Yeager said that people make jokes about the trash ordinance, but animals getting into people's trash is "one of our biggest problems."

The new ordinance prohibits residents from setting out their garbage bins before 7 p.m. the evening prior to pick up.  It also requires that all trash cans be watertight.

The ordinance will go into effect 30 days from the date of passage. The city will advertise the new ordinance in the newspaper, and Dunbar residents will receive a notification with their next billing statement.

In other business, council members approved the purchase of two vehicles from WV State Surplus. The first vehicle, a 2006 GMC Savana cargo van, will be used by the Public Works Department for building maintenance and costs $5,500.

The other, a 2003 Dodge truck, costs $4,773. It will be used for various operations by the street department.

Yeager said the funds for the vehicles were included in the city's budget and that Dunbar is actually saving money by purchasing used vehicles.

"We're getting some pretty good used trucks that will help us do our job better," Yeager said.

Earlier this month council voted to purchase a new garbage truck for $129,487. Monday night, council members voted to allow Yeager to enter into a contract with Country Roads Leasing to finance the vehicle at a 3.35 percent interest rate.

The new garbage truck has to be assembled, and once it goes into production the city may sign the agreement for the financing.

The new truck is scheduled for delivery in early July.

Mayor Yeager also encouraged Dunbar residents to get out and vote in favor of the Police and Fire Levy. The levy will allocate extra money to the police and fire department's accounts from tax money dispersed to the city from Kanawha County.

Residents may vote on the levy when they cast their votes for city council. Early voting is held at City Hall 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.












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