SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The property in South Charleston's Rock Lake Village is all single-family homes. City Council is in the process of re-zoning it to reflect that reality and to make sure it stays that way.
Steve DeBarr, city engineer and sanitary board manager, said the properties in Rock Lake Village are currently zoned R-6. Although R-6 is residential, that designation allows structures with up to four apartments, he said.
The proposal that passed first reading Thursday evening would re-zone all of the properties R-4A, which only allows single-family homes.
"We're making the zoning fit what is already there and it makes sure what's there remains there," DeBarr said following the meeting.
The proposal must pass a second reading at a future council meeting before it becomes city law.
In other action, council agreed to give the Kanawha County Dental Health Council $2,500 to help the organization buy new sterilization equipment for use at the clinic it operates at Bridgeview Elementary School.
Councilman Jeff Means, who chaired Thursday's meeting because Mayor Frank Mullens was out of town, said the needed equipment cost $5,000. He said the dental health council has raised half that amount. He said the organization serves 700 children at the school.
In addition to agreeing to help pay for the equipment, there was unanimous agreement to give the dental health council $1,000 a year to help it pay ongoing expenses.
Also at the meeting:
* Patti Shamblin, president of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau, presented a plaque to Fire Chief John Taylor in appreciation of his support of the city's Armed Forces Day Parade in May.
* Bob Anderson, executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, announced the city's SummerFest will be Aug. 13-18. The festivities will begin with an outdoor movie on Aug. 13 and end with the United Way Sunday Scoop on Aug. 18.
"Everything is free," Anderson said.
* Public Works Director Gerald Burgy said the existing basketball court in Joplin Park will be disturbed as little as possible as the city builds a new court nearby.
"We'll try to not disturb the existing court until we're ready to pave, then we'll take the fence down," he said. "We'll pave it in one day, said City Manager Carlton Lee.