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Outgoing Recorder And Council Members Are Recognized at Meeting

June 13, 2018
BY ED PARSONS - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

The June 4 New Martinsville council meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Mayor Steve Bohrer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and offering of prayer for the community, its residents and leaders. Approval of the May 2018 council minutes were unanimously approved as was the regular city invoices, which are available upon request.

It was noted under special agenda items that purple ribbons have been placed on city poles for Relay for Life. Also, Beverly Gibb mentioned she is trying for a grant to replace at least 10 trash cans at the parks. She said, over the past few years, the department gas been able to get some new ones each year.

Before going into the committee reports, Mayor Bohrer said he would like to say a few things. Bohrer had high praise for City Recorder Bonnie Shannon, who was attending her last meeting prior to her retirement. Bohrer said he has great admiration for Shannon. "She has always been there for me and anyone else with good advice. She performed her job well and professionally, and I am tickled to have had the opportunity to work with her; it has been a pleasure."

Bohrer said sometimes Shannon gets outside the box, and "We have many disagreements, but she often is right and is always willing to admit when she's wrong."

"She will defend the budget. She keeps the books straight, and it take a lot of worry off everyone else. I am happy to know her and to call her my friend."

With emotion, Recorder Shannon spoke about her years of working with the many different council members and mayors. She said it has not always been fun and games, but she wanted to thank all the department heads, the police, the fire department, council members and mayors for their hard work for the city and their dedication.

"We haven't always seen eye to eye, but we work together to get things done. You can ask the police chief. We have had some heated moments, but we always work through it. I would also like to thank Kevin for his hard work at the Hydro Plant."

Council members sitting in on their last meeting included Holly Grandstaff, Katheryn Goddard and Jeff Wright. All three spoke about their experiences during their time serving the city. Wright said New Martinsville will always be his town. He mentioned he moved recently out of city limits but will still be available to help in any way he can.

"I have learned a lot, and I encourage anyone interested to get involved and try to make a difference. We still have a lot of problems, but we have good people running the city. Our city workers and our police force are second to none. It's been a pleasure working with council and the department heads, and I wish the best of luck to the new guys coming on board."

"If I can do anything to help any of you, just give me a call. I'm only a phone call away."

Grandstaff said she was going to miss working with everyone, and she would always be available to offer help if ever needed. "I love every one of you, and it's been a joy working with you, even through the rough times. I wish the new council the best of luck."

Iris Isaacs expressed her deepest regrets in losing some quality people from council, and with tears in her eyes, she spoke about her relationship with Recorder Bonnie Shannon. She said, in a way, the two were relatives and had some great times growing up together. She mentioned that some of the best times of her life were spent with Shannon, but when she got on council, they didn't always see things the same way, and some of her most difficult disagreements were with her.

"However, we always got things worked out. She knows her job well, and I've learned a lot from her. I also want to say we have some great city workers and dedicated council people who want the best for this community. If anyone thinks this is an easy job, they need to try it."

Isaacs said, "I am going to miss everyone that's leaving; they have been great to work with. We have had many disagreements, but we also worked well together."

Councilman Joel Potts said he was going to miss everyone who was leaving. He said, especially, he was going to miss Shannon and Grandstaff. He he mentioned driving them to the municipality meetings and said it was a lot of fun.

"It was like driving Mrs. Daisey, times two."

Council, on Monday, passed the 2018-2019 Water and Sewer budget of $3,024.598 unanimously, and the Electric Department budget of $4,460.500 unanimously. It was reported the city cleanup was a success, and the new cleanup will be held on June 15 and 16.

Councilman Joel Potts recommended, in the form of a motion, to hire a full-time dispatcher, effective June 23. He noted this would be moving a part-time employee to full-time status. The move was approved unanimously by council. Council also held the first reading of an ordinance to adopt the 2018 codified ordinances; to adopt new matter; to repeal ordinances in conflict there with; and to direct that the statutory requirements for the codification of ordinances be complied with. The reading was approved unanimously

An agreement for annual codification supplement with W.H. Drane was also approved unanimously.

There was no old business discussed and no new business. However, Councilwomen Iris Isaacs mentioned she was trilled to see New Martinsville once again have American Legion baseball. She wished to thank everyone involved in making it happen.



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