DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar witnessed a changing of the guard as the new city council made appointments Monday evening, including Stephen Swisher as the city attorney.
Swisher will oversee the daily operations of the city, but the law firm of Lewis, Glasser, Casey, and Mullins will continue to work with the city on more complex issues like the proposed annexation of Institute, West Dunbar and Pinewood, Mayor Terry Greenlee said.
"We have really enjoyed working with the city," said Attorney Lori Counts-Smith. "It's been a wonderful experience and we created a wonderful relationship with the city that will continue in other ways."
Swisher did not attend Monday's meeting.
Greenlee also swore in former councilman Harold Craigo to the city's Property Board. Craigo will work closely with Building Inspector Hugh Leishman to address slum and blight, Greenlee said.
The city appointed certified engineer Robert Campbell to the Sanitary Board to fill a vacancy. The city's previous engineer resigned over a conflict of interest with another position.
The mayor also swore in Dr. Barbara Yeager to the Historical Preservation Commission. Yeager has been helping the commission for some time.
Aaron Settle, the city's recreation consultant, announced the Recreation Department plans to hold an amateur lawn mower race in late August or early September at Dunbar Landing.
Settle said these types of events are becoming more popular. Participants compete by racing modified riding lawn mowers for prizes.
"We wanted to hold something that was new to the area," he said.
Council also approved the following payments:
* $1,523.26 for annual membership in the West Virginia Municipal League.
* $1,483.75 for membership in the Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam Regional Intergovernmental Council.
* $1,483.75 to Rocky Fork Enterprises for repairs to a Dodge Charger.
* $3,563.74 to TRITCCH for software maintenance renewal in the police department.
* $3,234.00 to CSSI for annual hardware renewal in the City Clerk's Office.