DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Business is as usual at Dunbar City Hall after two weeks of inclement weather and a water crisis that affected the city and 300,000 other Kanawha Valley residents.
Mayor Terry Greenlee said the city would stay on track despite a loss in business and occupation taxes from restaurants and businesses being closed during the water crisis. He said he wouldn't know how it would affect the city until next month.
Greenlee remains optimistic about the city's finances.
"The city is not in bad financial shape," he said. "But, there is a trickle-down effect from the disaster that will affect our revenue. We are going to be proactive and tighten our belts."
Greenlee said he wants the city to be prudent in its spending and for departments to postpone non-priority expenses until the situation is better understood.
"Financially, we are in great shape, and I want to make sure we stay that way," he said.
He and council members quickly worked through an agenda that included five orders of new business, which included:
n Approving a cutback on city-issued cellphones for police officers. Greenlee said the city has been paying for several unused phones and that most officers prefer not to carry more than one
n Motioning to ask the Ordinance Committee to draft a new ordinance allowing the police department to appoint a new police captain, a position that has been vacant for four years. Greenlee said the position will require testing and that any eligible lieutenant within the department will be considered for the job.
n Approving a five-year agreement with Walter Drane Co., allowing the company to continue creating supplemental codification work for the city.
n Approving a Public Works department request to update their garage. The update will include the installation of one new garage door and three automatic door openers and the replacement of damaged door panels.
n Providing a menu for the city's annual critter dinner. Menu items include: rabbit, buffalo, goat chili, roasted elk, antelope stir fry, deep fried alligator and many other mammals and reptiles not found at the grocery store. The Dunbar Recreation Center will host the dinner 12 to 4 p.m. Feb. 15.