The Paden City Council Members met on Monday April 3 where they discussed several items that need to be addressed throughout the town. John Mirando had public comments regarding an alley between Third Avenue and W.Va. 2. He said that he has taken this issue up with three different mayors. Mirando stated that whoever has been fixing the road has been using the wrong material and it is tearing up vehicles. He also stated that there was a house on Third Street that is posing a danger to the school kids walking through the alley. A woman stated that she is building a shed and that she had it marked of six feet from the gas right of way but then someone from the gas company came along and informed her that it needed to be ten feet off of the right of way. Mayor Davis said that he would contact the gas company to figure out what the right measurement is.
In fact, there was much discussion about buildings and vehicles blocking alley ways. The city plans on going around and enforcing alley regulations to keep traffic and safety a top priority. They will address each case specifically as they arise.
Council also discussed the possibility of hiring a building inspector. Mayor davis stated that he would get with Mayor Rice of Sistersville and Mayor Delauder of Middlebourne to discuss the possibility of sharing a building inspector.
The Students of the Month were announced at the beginning of the meeting and this months winners are Paige Devaughn Leonard, and Aubrey Neff. Paige Devaughn Leonard is a sophomore at Paden City High School. Paige is enrolled in many challenging classes this school year including Filmmaking Production, World history, Computer Science, Math II, Biology, and Spanish. For the first semester of the school year, Paige accomplished a 4.0 Grade point average. She also received a certificate of recognition for Perfect Attendance. On April 6, Paige was invited to attend the Academic Awards Banquet at Tyler Consolidated High School. Paige is also active in Cross Country, Cheerleading, and Basketball.
She is also a member of the Thespian Troupe and an active member of the Cats Club, which is a community service school club. Paige Leonard is the daughter of Tom and Michelle Leonard.
Aubrey Neff is a 17-year old Junior at Paden City High School. She is the daughter of Chris and Denise Neff, both of whom are graduates of Paden City High School from 1990. Aubrey is into several extra-curricular activities. She plays volleyball and won OVAC player of the year, and she plays softball in the spring. Some of Aubrey's hobbies are reading, working out, playing piano, and making stained glass windows. Her favorite classes are art, math, and science. Aubrey is a member of the National Honor Society and the Cats Club. Aubrey was invited to the People's Bank Academic Awards Ceremony at Tyler Consolidated. After graduating high school, Aubrey hopes to attend either West Liberty University or the University of Charleston to major in medicine or nursing. Aubrey stated that she can confidently say that the knowledge that Paden City High School has given her will be beneficiary to her for the rest of her high school career and the rest of the future.
Stevens Street will be blocked off during prom lockout which begins at 5:00. There will be an officer there to make sure that the street remains closed.
The water board stated that there was an issue with a pipe on Seventh Street and Sixth Street. Mayor Davis recommends that he meet with council members over these wards to come up with a possible solution to the problem. They feel that there is a section of pipe that will need to be replaced.
Bids were read aloud for the Meadow Heights project. The winning bid went to Wolf's Excavating LLC in the amount of 49,000 dollars. They have worked with Thrasher before and were highly recommended.
There are a couple of new sewer projects being started by Thrasher. Again, Thrasher recommends that residents take photos of their property, before construction takes place, to ensure that things are put back in their original place.
There was a large list of street that are scheduled to be repaired. A 500 block of N 7thSt., Witchey St., N 6th, Loring St, 100 S Sixth Street., Paden Fork, West Madison, S 2nd, and Circle Drive are among some of the places that will receive either patching or paving depending upon the severity of the road conditions.
Council members also discussed the hiring of a new Police Chief. They have decided to begin interviews on Thursday April 27 beginning at 6:00 pm. Interviews will last approximately 15 minutes with a 5 minute grace period if needed. In the previously held police meeting, it was discussed that Officer Bailes will be taking an extensive DUI class and upon completion, he will be able to train other officers. Also, the Police Department will be purchasing a new fax machine and the mayor purchased new microphones for the police radios.
The Friends of Paden City Pool are currently managing the pool and they are searching for someone interested in mowing around the pool and park. Whoever they decide to hire will be under contract with the city.
The Paden City Development Authority approved Tammy Strothers as their newest board member.
The city will be voting on a new seal for the city. The new seal will be revealed at the next meeting.
April 10 through May 15 have been announced as the burning dates for the town.
"Laying of the Levy" will be held on April 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm.
The next Paden City Council meeting will be held on May 1, 2017 at the city building located in Paden City. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm.