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Paden City Chief Kelly Resigns From Post

By Staff | Jul 8, 2015

Paden City council met in regular session on Monday, July 6, in the council chambers of the municipal building where Mayor John (Hoppy) Hopkins, read a letter of resignation to city council from Chief of Police Michael D. Kelly.

Kelly cited health problems as the reason for resigning, he asked that it be approved effective immediately. He also requested to be paid for any vacation or sick leave he has coming and for his retirement pay to start. Council on a motion by Bob Postlewait and a second by John Staggers unanimously approved the resignation. No other action was taken on his requests.

In other matters on Monday, Mayor Hopkins gave the oath of office to the newly elected council members and city recorder. Tammy Billiter was re-elected city recorder for another two year term. Jim Richmond was elected for a two year term to represent the first ward. John Staggers was elected for a two year term representing the second ward and Clyde Hochstrasser was elected for a three year term representing the third ward.

Council also appointed Jack Waters, to the sewer board to fill a recent vacancy.Waters agreed to serve on the board for one year.

A request for a driveway permit on north second avenue, which involves the removal of a fire hydrant was discussed and it was agreed to allow the request if the property owner pays the cost the city will incur in removing the fire hydrant.

Council unanimously approved a quote for pipe from Chaplin’s hardware in the amount of $5,508, to repair a culvert on fourth avenue near the maintenance building. Approval was also given for the water operator to attend the West Virginia Rural Water Association (WVRWA) conference to be held at Snowshoe.

Under cars, health and sanitation, council authorized the sending of a letter to the owners of property on the south 100 block of seventh avenue concerning disposal of inappropriate items in the city sewer lines. The items are causing problems for other residents. Another letter was approved to be sent to the owner of property on the 300 block of South Third Avenue citing an ordinance violation.