Much important business was transacted at Mon. evening's, Dec. 2 regular monthly City Council meeting.
For this Saturday's Annual Gilmer County Firefighters Christmas Parade, Main Street and College Street will be blocked off for the assembling of the event's floats and other units at 3 p.m. The Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m., with Santa Claus being present for the area children's enjoyment and family picture taking.
During the Public Comment period, several housing development issues were announced. First of all, Steve Moneypenney, of the Lewis-Gilmer 911/Addressing project, asked that the councilpersons approve the naming of the new street (next to Scotty Dettman's Glenville Auto garage on North Lewis Street) to "Creekside Blvd." The council approved.
Mr. Moneypenney explained that Adam Fairman, owner of Fairman's Structural Components Products factory of Stouts Mills, was constructing a two-unit apartment building down there, so it needs a 911 address.
Then, Mike Murphy, of Smith Land Rental Properties, requested that the council rezone Park Street in Brooklyn to commercial in order to construct a 10-unit apartment complex there. Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick questioned if there will be at least one-and-a-half parking spaces provided in the design plan. Murphy responded that there will be two spaces per apartment and that the units would be placed back against the hillside, well away from Park Street.
The council will refer this request to the city's Zoning Board.
Also, appearing before the council was Dr. David O'Dell, representing the WV State Folk Festival Committee. He requested and was granted approval to hold the annual event, once again, starting during the third Thursday of next June. Secondly, he asked that council approve of placing the square dance floor back on Conrad Court, between United Bank and the park. Oddly, in a rare show of emotion at these city meetings, the councilpersons instantly responded, "Yes," with big smiles to each other and O'Dell. Finally, he asked what the city charges vendors to set up in the town, so that the Folk Festival Committee can determine its rates. Mayor Fitzpatrick responded that he would research that issue and get back with him.
Talking about vendors, the council approved of Joe Dolphies, of Baldwin, bringing his popular panzarotties back to Glenville. Dolphies, who used to sell the Italian cowzones in the old Moose Lodge years ago, now has a food wagon, thus needing the city's approval to setup downtown. Permission was granted.
The council also okayed the 2nd Reading of the Special Bond Ordinance that will raise $3.2 million to improve and replace many of the city's aging waterlines. The 3rd and final reading will be at the next council meeting on Mon., Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. (Normally, a Public Hearing takes place beforehand.)
City Recorder-Treasurer Debbie Starcher Johnson confirmed that the Special Levy Election to continue the street, lighting, and curb maintenance and upgrades will be on Sat., Feb. 8, 2014, with early voting starting on Feb. 1 at City Hall.
After about a 10-minute Executive Session, the council voted to give a one-time pay increase of $300.00 to city employees (as their traditional Christmas Bonus).
Police said one meth lab was found.