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Postal Service investigating South Charleston address confusion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said the U.S. Postal Service is looking into why it is identifying some South Charleston locations as being in Charleston.

"I was in contact with Senator (Joe) Manchin today," Mullens told South Charleston City Council Thursday evening. "The U.S. Postal Service does have our letter. They are investigating the issue and will be getting back to us soon."

Mullens was referring to a letter Sens. Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito wrote on Nov. 6 asking the Postal Service to take immediate action to end the confusion.

Earlier this month, Mullens said what appears to be incorrect Postal Service coding has become a severe problem because some South Charleston businesses were charging Charleston's recently enacted half-percent sales tax and some mail was being delayed or undelivered.

In other action, council:

  • Accepted the low bid of $56,165 from Unipak Corp. of New York for 2,500 cases of compost bags and 6,000 cases of recycle bags. Finance Chairman Jeff Means said the city also bought bags from Unipak last year.
  • Approved the appointment of Paula Potter to the South Charleston Public Library Board of Directors. Potter is principal at Ben Franklin Career Center.
  • Also at the meeting, South Charleston High School Principal Mike Arbogast thanked council "for what you've done for the school, for me and for the students there. My colleagues are envious about what I have and jealous of what you do for our school."

    Arbogast ran through some of the school programs, noting, "We're getting ready to be the first high school in the nation to launch a satellite into space." He said the satellite is expected to be launched next year in Florida by a Russian space shuttle.

    South Charleston High is fully accredited, and some members of last year's senior class were accepted at Yale, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Arbogast said.

    He thanked the city for helping fund a grant for school security. "We have 62 cameras in our building," he said. "I have the school on my iPhone and iPad. My wife says I'm crazy, but I care."

    Arbogast said he is thankful to have Lt. Stan Miller, a prevention resource officer, assigned to the school.

    South Charleston High has 1,100 students. Miller said he had 283 one-on-one contacts with students last year, taught 45 classes that ranged from Internet safety to a physics class on crash safety and interacted with a total of 1,063 students.

    Mullens said, "We're fortunate to have quality schools in South Charleston. We are so fortunate to have a school and an administrator and teachers who care. For that, I thank you."

    Police Chief Brad Rinehart said, "Stan's done a fabulous job up there. He represents the Police Department and the city well. I've got the right man up there."

    Public Works Director Gerald Burgy told council the employees in his department collected a total of 4,086 cans of food for Heart and Hand. He thanked the citizens who donated food and said, "I'm proud of the guys in Public Works."



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