St. Albans City Council is planning to auction three city-owned vacant lots.
On Monday evening council gave preliminary approval to auctioning two lots in the 500 block of Washington Street, across from the Hansford Center, and one lot on Monmouth Street, near the corner of Monmouth Street and Monmouth Drive.
Council must approve the proposals a second time before the city can set auction dates and advertise the sales.
Also Monday, council gave preliminary approval to make Edgehill Drive one-way from its intersection with Elm Street to its intersection with Northway Drive, in a northerly direction.
In other action, council:
* Approved the purchase of two Ford Fusion cars from Stephens Auto at the state bid price of $18,811 each. One vehicle will be assigned to the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation and the other will be assigned to the Special Forces Unit, a police undercover unit.
* Agreed to pay the Kanawha County Commission $8,135 for some of the city's primary and general election expenses. Councilman John Boles, who serves as chairman of the Finance Committee, said the total cost of the election is expected to be about $80,000.
* Agreed to pay current invoices, which total $18,818.
During the public forum portion of the meeting, Steve McCuskey asked if the city has heard anything more from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. At the last council meeting two weeks ago, Mayor Dick Callaway said he was expecting a follow-up letter from the organization within a week outlining its findings about flooding that occurred in St. Albans in early July.
Callaway said he has not heard anything more.
McCuskey said it seems necessary to have a plan to mitigate flooding before the city can apply for grants and loans. Callaway agreed and said the city's engineer, Chapman Technical Group, is looking at some things the city can do. Callaway said the city will continue to pursue funding assistance from a variety of sources.
Gary Hagar of 818 Monmouth St., who has appeared at several council meetings to complain about flooding issues near his home, said several council members and city employees have visited him in recent weeks.
"I want to say 'thank you' -- you know who you are -- for asking me questions and wanting to be a part of the solution and not part of the problem," Hagar said.
He also brought up several drainage improvements that have been made over the past three or four years and asked how similar improvements could be made in his neighborhood. Callaway referred him to Public Works Director Orville Browning.
Also at the meeting:
* Councilman Desper Lemon said more than 40 people attended a recent Neighborhood Watch meeting in Ward 7 that focused on speeding issues.
* It was noted that there will be a "Bark in the Park" event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the city park.
Council's next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct 7 on the second floor of the municipal building at 51 Sixth Ave.