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City Council Approves $3,000 From General Fund For Advertising

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | May 19, 2021

The City Council of New Martinsville held their regular monthly meeting at the City Building on Monday, May 10, 2021 to discuss agenda items. Councilman Joel Potts delivered the invocation and led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Sandy Hunt then called the meeting to order with all council members present.

First item on the agenda was the minutes of the previous council meeting, which were given unanimous approval by the Council.

Council approved unanimously the regular city invoices and the financial report (the budget reports are available upon request).

Council had no guests or special agenda items to discuss.

Committee #1 Chairwoman Iris Isaacs had four items to discuss and act on. Isaacs made a motion to adjust and approve the number four Covid-19 policy.

Any Employee that has been exposed (not vaccinated) may take at least three days off from work of their own earned time. The motion was unanimously approved.

Isaacs also made a motion to approve a one-time donation of $3,000 to the Blueprint Community Focus Group for the purpose of promoting business growth by advertising assets with our city through TV ads. Steve Hunt, representing the Focus Group said that he had reached out to the TV stations and they will run 100 ads a month for an entire year.

The motion was given unanimous approval for the donation to come from the general fund of $3,000.

Councilwoman Isaacs asked for approval to perform background checks of all new hire full-time employees over the age of 18. Approval was granted by council.

Last item Isaacs addressed was that all employees operating city vehicles be required to show proof of a valid driver’s license. It was given approval by a unanimous vote from council.

Councilman Jeff Gieseke had nothing to report on the Electric Department but wanted to recognize David White, Department Head of Electric Department and his employees for their hard work on restoring power back on May 5, 2021 due to a semi tearing down all the lines at Choo Choos restaurant.

Everyone that attended the meeting gave White a round of applause and standing ovation.

White said, “I want to thank the State Police, New Martinsville Police, Sheriffs Department, and the Fire Department for their help to restore power. We could not have did it without them.”

Councilman Ron Brill reported on the City Clean-up days to be held May 21-22 at the North end of Hydro Drive. Friday will be 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. and Saturday will be from 8-noon.

There were no other items to discuss and Mayor Hunt entertained a motion of adjournment that was approved by a unanimous vote.