CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dunbar's newly elected city council members elected a council president and gave raises to hourly city employees, police officers and firefighters at a regular meeting Monday.
Dana Hayes of Ward 2 won the majority in the council president election and will replace Gail Harper in the position. When new mayor Terry Greenlee must be absent from a meeting, the council president will fill in.
Council also passed the second reading of three ordinances increasing wages for several city employees.
Hourly employees' wages will increase by 35 cents per hour.
New hourly wages for police officers are as follows: $14.02 per hour for probationary patrolmen, $14.72 for patrolmen, $15.82 for corporals, $15.77 for sergeants and $16.32 for lieutenants.
Firefighters' wages will increase by 65 cents per hour.
Police Chief Earl Whittington warned residents against using Class C illegal fireworks during July 4 celebrations. Such fireworks include Roman candles, M80s, bottle rockets and cherry bombs.
Anyone caught using Class C fireworks will be cited and the fireworks will be confiscated.
Legal fireworks include, sparklers, glowworms and snappers, Whittington said.
Whittington also assured residents police would respond to every call made to the department reporting gunshots. The department always sees an uptick in such calls around July 4. He said it might take a while, but that each call would be investigated.
*Appointed Chaz Ruppert as probationary officer. The appointment is effective July 1.
*Accepted a $2,533.32 bid from Garage Door Openers Inc. to replace a door at the central fire station.
*Approved a $2,000 agreement with the music group Black Diamond to perform at the Fall Festival.