The Ronceverte City Council approved the first reading of two revised ordinances to 1) establish Ronceverte’s sewer use regulations and 2) to provide for increased rates, charges and fees for sanitary sewer services to all customers served by the municipal sewer utility. The second reading and a public hearing will be held at the next council meeting in January. The rates and charges, etc. will not go into effect until the new sewer system has been built and is in operation, currently projected to be completed by 2016.
In other business at the Monday night meeting:
• The Ronceverte Volunteer Fire Department was awarded as a gift from the City a 2000 Jeep Cherokee which was deemed of no further use to the City’s police department.
• The Ronceverte Development Corporation recommended termination of the lease with the Clifford Armory building. Council approved with no comment.
• Doug Hylton presented two LEDA (Local Economic Development Act) grant resolutions. As a part of the Governor’s Community Partnership program they provide state grant funds for community and economic development projects throughout West Virginia. With the City acting as a “pass-through” entity, a $2,000 grant will go to the library and $5,000 will pay for fire hydrants for the River City. In addition, Lisa Circle requested the council approve a Growing Healthy Communities grant resolution to benefit Main Street Ronceverte.
• City Administrator Reba Mohler stated that the City is working on their comprehensive plan and public input is a required element for a sound plan to go into effect in June 2014. An Open House is scheduled on Jan. 22 in which the public is invited to hear and discuss the new comprehensive plan at the Volunteer Center next to the post office beneath the overhead bridge. A written survey is also available for the public online at cityofronceverte.com.
• The Ronceverte Volunteer Fire Department is holding its annual Christmas Stocking Giveaway at the Clifford Armory on Dec. 24 starting at noon. The fire department is sorely in need of funding for this project and requests donors to make their generous contributions to the RVFD’s Christmas Stocking account with the First National Bank in Ronceverte.