New Martinsville Holds Special Council Meeting
The New Martinsville City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, March 22, at 3 p.m. for the purpose of passing three recommendations. In attendance were council members Jeff Wright, Iris Isaacs, Holly Grandstaff and Joel Potts, along with Mayor Steve Bohrer and Recorder Bonnie Shannon.
The first item on the agenda was a recommendation to changes in the employee policy manual, civil service section of the police department. A motion to accept the changes was made by Isaacs and seconded by Potts. All in attendance voted unanimously to approve the motion.
The policy change reads there is no intent for the city to provide vehicles now or in the future for every officer. The department has reached the maximum of nine vehicles. Also, no police vehicle is to travel more than 15 miles out of city limits unless on designated city business.
During summer months, Prevention Resource Officers’ vehicles are to be parked at the city building for use by other officers. If the city stops providing the PRO program, two of the city police cruisers shall be sold. The maximum number of vehicles will then be seven. PRO officers in summer months are to fill open shifts as a means of saving the city money.
The policy manual applies to all employees. Also, seat belts must be worn at all times. Any city accident with vehicles or heavy equipment resulting in an insurance claim or workers compensation claim shall be subject to immediate alcohol and drug test. In the event of any accident, the department head can order any employees involved to have an immediate alcohol and drug test. Under no circumstances shall unauthorized individuals be riding in city vehicles.
In another matter, a recommendation from committee to approve the General Fund 2018-2019 Budget, and the Coal Severance 2018-2019 Budget were also unanimously approved, following a motion from Potts and a second from Grandstaff.
Also unanimously approved, on a motion from Isaacs and a second from Potts, was a license agreement with the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The agreement gives the use of the the parking lot near the old community building on South Main Street to the Bureau to provide weekly entertainment and special events throughout the year.