The New Martinsville City Council met Feb. 6 for its regular monthly meeting, and they were led in the Pledge of Allegiance by a local cub scout group, followed by Father Biram of the First Baptist Church, giving a short prayer.
Michelle Smith, with Anytime Fitness, presented a plaque to Michael Owens of the New Martinsville Police Department, in memory of NMPD K-9 Kenny, who just recently passed away. Anytime Fitness had held a donation drive recently to raise funds for the plaque. Smith expressed that this was a small token of appreciation for everything the local law enforcement does for the community.
A motion passed, approving the revisions made to the Employee Police Manual. A motion also passed in the hiring of Lisa Todd as a part-time secretary for the Street Department.
Michelle Smith, of Anytime Fitness, hands Michael Owens, of the New Martinsville Police Department, a plaque, in memory of K-9 Kenny.
Councilman Joel Potts announced that four new part-time dispatchers are finishing up their training courses and will be available soon. He also noted that they have begun advertising for a new police officer. Applications will be accepted until February 24 and the agility test will be on March 25.
Councilman Jeff Wright announced that he is continuing to work with the county commissioners in regards to animal control. He also thanked the Street Department with their help addressing city clean-up, and the the Parks Department for their providing activities for the kids of the community.
Councilwoman Holly Grandstaff opened bids for bunker gear that had been requested by the Fire Department. A motion passed to accept the bid of $17,264.08 for bunker equipment.
Councilman Steve Pallisco announced that he and the chamber are trying to negotiate flood insurance rates due to the fact that they have increased drastically. Pallisco stated that the area pays more for flood insurance than the state of Florida. He feels that it is bad for the community because many businesses have failed to start due to the price of insurance. He noted that it is hard enough to start a business without having to pay out so much for flood insurance.