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Council Discusses Huge Independence Day Event

By Staff | Nov 23, 2016

The New Martinsville City Council met on Monday November 7 where Sandy Hunt, of the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau, announced her plans on the upcoming Independence Day Celebration, to be held June 30 – July 2 in 2017 – The Back Home Applachian Arts and Music Festival. There are plans for an even bigger fireworks display than last year’s Fourth of July event. There are also many bands that are already signed up to perform such as Davisson Brothers, Recipe, Hillbilly Gypsies, Rocky Mountain Boys and many more. Festival Director Rob Parsons also noted that the festival will begin with the induction of the Ebert Brothers Band into the Wetzel County Hall of Fame at the Wetzel County Museum.

Furthermore, the Festival Committee would also like to invite West Virginia artisans, crafters and vendors to participate in the event. Craft beer vendors will be given the opportunity to display some of their products when the Festival Committee receives their beverage license. There is projected to be around 10,000 people at the event, which is sure to increase tourism of the area and fill all of the local motels. There will be camping areas available at the marina for folks who would like to camp out. There will be classes and workshops throughout the weekend for the youth to attend, and many musicians will be working with people and lending an ear. The venues will be set at the Fireman’s Park, Lincoln Theatre, and the Wetzel County Museum to keep the stages isolated downtown.

Tyler and Justin Suter were at the meeting to represent the local boy scouts, as part of their citizenship into the community. They are both troops of Scout #149 and were excited to be at the meeting.

A concerned citizen took the floor to announce his frustration with the lack of painted fire hydrants throughout the county, as well as the lack of upkeep on city sidewalks. He also expressed his frustration about the number of stray cats that are running around the city. The council advised the man that there is no animal control officer and that the county is responsible for stray animals, not the city.

There was a motion passed in reference to installing a street light located in the alley behind 834 Fifth Street.

A motion was also passed on the second reading of an ordinance to Abandon Robert Avenue, Clark Avenue, and a 16 foot alley right-of-way in Magnolia District at the Industrial Park. There was also a second reading of an Ordinance to repeal sections 4-14, 4-15, 4-21, 4-22, and 4-23 Chapter 4 , Animals and Fowl.

It was announced that some of the quotes for the new fingerprint scanner had come back and the price was doubled what the anticipated cost would be. Council would like to discuss the issue with the police before moving further.

Council members voted to appoint Rick Myers to the position of Fire Chief, effective December 1, 2016. “I just want to thank council and the mayor for this opportunity and all of the firemen who have come to me during this process and expressed their support for me as the next Fire Chief. I want the area to know, and the city to know, that I will do everything I can to continue to work with Larry if we can and continue the things that he’s built to keep us on the cutting edge of training and technology, as he has done such a good job at over the last 10 to 12 years”, expressed Myers. It was announced that council member Jeremy Shepherd will no longer be serving on council after this month. Also, Police Chief Tim Cecil showed off the Community Traffic Safety Platinum Award, presented to the New Martinsville Police Department. This is the eighth year in a row that the New Martinsville police have won this award.