Mayor Announces School Choice Week
New Martinsville City Council held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The first item of business was a proclamation, read by Steve Bohrer, proclaiming “School Choice Week.” The proclamation was read, as follows:
New Martinsville School Week whereas all children in New Martinsville should have access to the highest-quality education possible; and, whereas New Martinsville recognizes the important role that an effective education plays in preparing all students in New Martinsville to be successful adults; and, whereas, quality education is critically important to the economic vitality of New Martinsville; and, whereas, is home to a variety of high quality public and nonpublic schools from which parents can choose for their children, in addition to families who educate their children in the home; and, whereas, educational variety not only helps to diversify our economy, but also enhances the vibrancy of our community; and, whereas, New Martinsville has many high-quality teaching professionals in all types of school settings who are committed to educating our children; and, whereas, School Choice Week is celebrated across the country by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need for effective educational options; now, therefore, I, Steven A. Bohrer do hereby recognize January 22-28, 2017 as New Martinsville School Choice Week, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.
In other news, there was a report that the city has been audited and the numbers came back good.
In another matter, it was mentioned during the department head meeting, prior to the council meeting, that the parks and recreation department will be purchasing water slides to be installed at the pool. The cost for the two slides will be approximately $181,000.
Also, there will be an asbestos check on the roof of the Lincoln Theatre before any work can be done to replace the roof. There is a mandatory pre-bid for the project, set for Jan. 18.
Also, some of the city workers have gone through and fixed many of the crooked sidewalks where tree roots have caused tripping hazards.
In another matter, the fire department has been having trouble with box trucks blocking some of the water connections. The department has been reaching out to the businesses to ask them to move their vehicles. There are also many privately owned fire hydrants that are in bad shape, so city officials are ready to start fining citizens for lack of upkeep. Rick Myers, chief of the fire department, noted that everyone he has contacted about the matter has been understanding and more than willing to fix the issues.
Councilwoman Iris Isaacs noted the following of city maintenance and upkeep: “We’ve got a big event coming in June (The Back Home Appalachian Arts and Music Festival), and I’m going to ask that we get this town really looking good. If they’re bringing 10,000 people in here, we ought to make the town look pretty nice. I think it’s a team effort, and we should try to help out as much as we can.”