DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar Mayor Terry Greenlee cast the tie-breaking vote Monday to add a $50 fee to city police-issued citations.
The ordinance in question, which passed first reading unanimously at the last Dunbar City Council meeting, would instate the fee on all police citations except for those related to parking.
The ordinance would place that new revenue in an escrow fund, but some council members questioned how that money would be controlled and dispersed.
Council President Dana Hayes countered Councilman Everette Sullivan's motion to pass the ordinance on second reading. He moved that it be tabled for further review.
"The concern was the potential of the money growing to an exorbitant amount," Hayes told the Daily Mail after the vote.
The ordinance states the money may only be used for "funding maintenance and repair of police equipment." Hayes said several council members were concerned about having "no control to utilize those funds for anything except the police department."
He had hoped to add an amendment allowing the money to be placed in the city's general fund, where it could be used for improvements throughout the city.
He also worried that the number of citations would increase dramatically to bring in more revenue.
Sullivan, Councilwoman Gail Harper and Councilmen Tom Bailey and Doug Fleshman voted not to table the measure. Hayes, Councilman Steve Arnott and Councilwomen Pam Reynolds and Connie Thompson voted in favor of tabling the measure.
Greenlee cast the deciding vote in favor of proceeding with the ordinance.
* Passed the second of three readings of the bond ordinance for the public sewerage system in the city of Dunbar and financing the cost thereof.
* Tabled the second reading of the Urban Agriculture Ordinance for further study.
* Authorized the payment of city invoices totaling $146,439.85.
* Approved a payment in the amount of $12,987.43 to reimburse Kanawha County Parks and Recreation for water, gas, electric, and waste management usage at Shawnee Park from June - August 2013.
* Approved a recommendation from the Recreation Committee to hire a part-time employee in order to keep the Recreation Center open during evening hours.