ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- The re-built Dick Henderson Bridge linking St. Albans and Nitro will open on Nov. 1, St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway said.
The ceremony will be at noon, Callaway said during St. Albans City Council's meeting Monday evening.
"The St. Albans and Nitro bands will approach from either side of the river," Callaway said. "Also, I'm told there will be an interesting way to cut a ribbon."
In other action during a brief meeting, council agreed to use grant funds to buy a thermal-imaging camera for the Fire Department from Premium Safety & Service Inc. of Oakdale, Pa., for $11,781.
Fire Chief Steve Parsons said the camera would help his department see through smoke to find people during a fire. He said it is similar to another camera the city recently purchased.
Council also agreed to pay current invoices, which total $25,978.
During the meeting, Callaway announced that a city-owned lot at 852 Monmouth St. and lots at 419 Washington St. would be sold at public auction on Nov. 6.
The Monmouth Street lot has a minimum bid of $2,500; the Washington Street lots have a minimum bid of $5,000. Both auctions will be in the Conference Room of the Municipal Utility Commission on MacCorkle Avenue.
During the public comment period:
* Gary Hagar, of 88 Monmouth St. said he called the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and was told that a report on July flooding in the city is finished and awaits final department approval.
Hagar suggested city leaders call and urge release of the report. Callaway said that sounded like a good idea. Callaway also noted that the city's insurance provider is processing claims and the city is working with the state Division of Highways on Walnut Street underpass flooding issues.
* Dave Rucker, of 2311 Monmouth St., urged council to change from stand-alone elections to elections that are held on the same dates as national and state elections. Rucker said such a change would save the city money and perhaps result in higher voter turnout.
City Clerk Barbara Cunningham said the city would love to make the change and Councilman John Boles Jr. is heading up the effort.
During announcements, Callaway said:
* Cullen's Journey, a shop that carries fine collectibles, has opened at 805 Pennsylvania Ave.
* The first-ever "Wagging Tails Chili Challenge" will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 on Olde Main Plaza. More information is available by calling 304 382-3305.
* The Alban Arts Center's 75th anniversary will be celebrated with a murder mystery at 7 p.m. Nov. 1. Tickets are $40 each or $70 per couple. Reservations are due by Oct. 30. For more information call 304 721-8896.
* The Broadway musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," will be showing at the Alban Arts Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For tickets call 304 721-8896.
Also, Police Chief Mike Matthews said his department would collect outdated and unwanted drugs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside the city's office building on Sixth Avenue as part of National Drug Take-back Day.
Callaway reminded council that Trick or Treat would be observed 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
The next council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 on the second floor of the city's office building on Sixth Avenue.