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Several Awarded at Meeting

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Mar 10, 2021

New Martinsville City Council held a regularly scheduled meeting March 1, 2021 at the City Municipal Building. Council member Joel Potts delivered the invocation and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Sandy Hunt called the meeting to order with all members present.

The first item addressed with a unanimous approval vote by council was the February 2021 meeting minutes.

The regular City invoices and financial report were approved by council unanimously.

Mayor Hunt proclaimed March 2021 as National Social Work Month because “Social Workers are Essential”. For decades, the Social Work Profession has been dedicated to improving well-being and enhancing the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Committee #2 Chairman Jeff Gieseke made the following motions which council unanimously approved.

1. To adopt the WV State Auditor’s Local Government Purchasing card policies and procedures.

2. Sign the collection service agreement with Data Max for court fines and fees.

3. The hiring of Clayton Young for the Electric Department Lineman position.

4. Place the Electric Department 2004 GMC C4500 dump truck out for bid. Minimum bid $2000.

5. Place the Hydro 2012 Ford F-150 out for bid. Minimum bid $12,500.

Committee #4 Chairman Joel Potts said according to the 2020 FBI data base, the City of New Martinsville was voted the #1 safest city in WV. He offered congratulations to Police Chief Tim Cecil and his Department.

Potts also announced Patrolman Courtney South has been promoted to Sergeant by Chief Cecil, and Vinnie Folmar has been promoted to detective by Chief Cecil.

Council member Potts along with Chief Cecil awarded the Medal of Valor to Matthew Walker for his outstanding performance on a call October 30, 2020. Also given Life-Saving Awards were Levi Smith, Vinnie Folmar, and Chief Tim Cecil for saving a life on February 16, 2020.

Chief Cecil will present Tim Higginbotham with the Civilian Life-Saving Award for his assistance performing CPR on February 16, 2020 till his department arrived on the scene.

Committee #6 Chairman Steve Pallisco opened the bid for the Fire Department Storage Building from Ace Hardware for $25,066.25. Pallisco made the motion to move forward with Ace Hardware awarded the bid. Council voted unanimous to move forward.

Mayor Hunt made the motion for adjournment and was seconded.