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Wright Added To Parks Commission

By Staff | Dec 14, 2016

New Martinsville City Council members met Monday, Dec. 5 and after approval of the previous minutes, the mayor announced that Jeff Wright has been added to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Also, Jeff Gieseke was appointed to the city clean-up committee.

A motion was made to bid out the roof project for the Lincoln Theatre, which is to begin in May.

The floor was open for public comment, and resident Earl Smith took the opportunity to express his discontent with city council. Smith has brought up three issues with the city since July – the lack of painted fire hydrants, unkept city sidewalks, and too many cats running loose. Smith feels that “this is a good town, but it can be a great town” if everyone would chip in and put a little effort into it. He feels that the painting of the fire hydrants could be done through nonprofit organizations or volunteers that would like to see the city spruced up.

Smith also stated that it is the job of the city to enforce that city sidewalks are being properly cleaned by the property owners.

Smith’s final request was that something be done about the amount of cats running loose through the city. Smith has been having several problems related to cats ruining his property.

Council member Joel Potts announced that the communication problem with the police department radios have been fixed.

Council member Jeff Wright announced that he has been talking with county commissioners and that they will get together after the first of the year to address the cat issue.

In another matter, the city officials have announced that they are replacing many of the street lights with LED lights which will be more energy efficient in the long run.

Finally, the mayor wanted to thank the chamber members for the outside decorations.

The next city council meeting will be held on Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m. at the New Martinsville city building.