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New Martinsville Holds Regular Council Meeting

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Nov 11, 2020

New Martinsville Police Officer Don Larson promoted to captain.

The New Martinsville City Council met for a regularly scheduled session at the City Municipal Building November 2nd. Mayor Sandy Hunt called the meeting to order after Pastor Bruce Taylor delivered the invocation and Councilman Joel Potts led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Hunt introduced the first guest, Cindy Wade.

Wade appeared to ask the Council about getting a streetlight installed in front of her home behind the Lincoln Theatre. She said that it is very dark in the alley and there are lots of suspicious vehicles and people walking in the middle of night. Her security cameras will not even pick up a clear image because of the darkness. Dave White, Electric Department Head will check it out to see what can be done. Councilman Jeff Gieseke made the motion to install a light if possible and Councilwoman Iris Isaacs seconded the motion. It was unanimously approved by council.

Next on the agenda was a request from Pat Durant, Water & Sewer Superintendent to hire Jacob Cumberledge on December 1st, for the maintenance utility position. Council approved the request by a unanimous vote.

Bev Gibb, Parks and Recreation Director requested permission to place Lewis Wetzel Pool sewer line and locker room renovations out for bid. The request was granted by council unanimously.

Councilman Ron Brill requested approval for lane closures (alley’s) that are not in use, with the city keeping the easement’s. Council approved the request.

Councilman and Committee Chairman Joel Potts requested to strike the official three tier salary ordinance that is in place for elected officials. Council gave unanimous approval.

Potts introduced the promotions of two Police officers, Don Larson to Captain, and Don Harris to Sergeant. Police Chief Tim Cecil awarded the two with the lapel pins. Council approved the promotions and congratulated the new Captain and Sergeant.

Chief Cecil presented Officer Vinnie Folmar the Medal of Valor for his quick response on August 10th., during the traffic-stop on Harlan Drive.

Correction from the previous special council meeting held October 20th., Councilman Jeff Gieseke was also opposed to lowering the standard score of 75 down to 65 for the Civil Service Test for promotions, it was incorrectly stated in the Wetzel Chronicle that councilman Joel Potts was the only one voting in opposition to lowering the score.