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City Council Approves Items

By Staff | Sep 20, 2017

New Martinsville’s city council took a step forward in cleaning up the Brooklyn area of town on Monday, Sept, 11, at a regular council meeting. A motion was made, and seconded, for the city to remove designated trailers, with the property owner’s permission in writing. Trailers will be taken to Guernsey Salvage Yard in Marietta, Ohio for disposal.

The motion was unanimously approved by council with Councilman Steve Pallisco absent. Chairperson of the committee, Iris Isaacs, said it was a win-win situation for the community. According to Isaccs the trailers are mostly dilapidated and uninhabitable. She said it is a big step in cleaning up the southern end of town.

Jeff Gieseke, a resident of New Martinsville’s Brooklyn section of town, asked the city what it considered a complaint. He said he read where no complaints had been received regarding cleaning up the town. He said he and his wife had brought complaints to the council meetings. Mayor Steve Bohrer said not since he has been mayor.

Gieseke said it was under the old administration, but council should still be acting on them. He wanted to know what happened to the complaints and whether he needed to start over. Bohrer said the complaints should still be good but he hasn’t seen them. Building inspector Joe Hanna said they were still working on them.

Gieseke also questioned council about the condition of the railroad crossings, especially on North Street leading downtown. He said he had received some complaints from business owners and wanted to know what is being done about them.

The mayor and council all agreed the crossing is unacceptable but said it is very difficult to get any cooperation from CSX. Council members said there have been numerous meetings with the company and a lot of empty promises. Congressman David McKinley even wrote a letter on council’s behalf.

In other business, Mayor Bohrer read a resolution letter in support of the expansion of Route 2 from a two-lane to four-lane. The letter spoke about the potential positive impact the expansion would have on the local area with the development of the oil and gas industry.

Council pledged its support for the project with a unanimous vote in favor the resolution. Council also approved an agreement with Bailey and Wyant, P.L.L.C., in reference to Hannibal Hydro Issues. The issue is in regards to a retainer agreement with Local Council.

Council approved the first reading of a revision of an ordinance for competitive bidding. Councilman Jeff Wright reported there have been no bids for a new roof on Old City Hall. He suggested council go out for prices. It was approved to do so by council. Wright also brought up the problem of dogs running at large and barking and howling. He said council will be trying to enforce the issues through the city ordinances relating to each issue, including potentially dangerous and dangerous dogs. He said ordinances Section 4-19, 4-20, 4-28 and 4-29 specifically deal with these problems. It was also mentioned the city does not have a dog catcher but the county does and council may have to go through the Sheriff’s office to get ordinances enforced.

Also on Monday, council voted to approve trick or treat for Oct. 31, from 6-7 p.m.

City Resident Jeff Montgomery spoke about problems with storm drains at the top of Locust Street being clogged. He said it is causing a lot of run off. He said the ones on Virgina Street, where he lives, were clogged but he cleaned them himself. He also posed a question about curbs for Locust and Virginia Streets. He said back several years ago the city received grants for the curbs but they had never been installed.

Mayor Bohrer told him they would take a look into it. He also referred Montgomery to Street Commissioner Gary Willey.