By Bobby Bordelon\r\n\r\nA brief meeting of the Ronceverte City Council was held virtually with only one item of business - a wastewater ordinance- with a few general announcements during the comment period.\r\n\r\nThe West Virginia CARES Act Residential Utility Grant Program allowed cities to apply for utility debt relief on behalf of its residents. Before the application process ended last year, the applications submitted on behalf of Ronceverte residents by the city totalled over $25,000.\r\n\r\n\u201cThose folks will hopefully be able to qualify for some of that funding,\u201d said Mayor David Smith. \u201cWe are holding those in hope that those [applications] come through for those folks.\u201d\r\n\r\nSmith noted that anyone with further questions should call the city and speak with City Administrator Pam Mentz.\r\n\r\nIn addition to complimenting the job Mentz has done, Smith also took a moment to thank a number of city employees for several major efforts that they\u2019ve made in the past few weeks.\r\n\r\n\u201cI would begin by praising the fire department for doing a good job taking care of the stockings,\u201d Smith said. \u201cThey handled that in a very safe way - the drive through, handing them out so we didn\u2019t have a lot of folks congregating, which could have been dangerous. Of course it was raining, so I don\u2019t think that was going to happen anyway, but that seemed to have gone very well.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cCity street department did an excellent job with handling the lights,\u201d Smith continued. \u201cThey spent all night Christmas Eve taking care of that, so if you see those guys, pat them on the back for doing that.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe also noted that anyone who suspects they have a leak should reach out through the nonemergency number for the city, as several have been found by city crews as a result of these calls.\r\n\r\nIn other business:\r\n\r\nSecond reading of an ordinance concerning wastewater project funding was approved.\r\n\r\nWork has begun on the city\u2019s upcoming budget.\r\n\r\nWork on the city\u2019s water systems is expected to begin this month, after a delay in getting needed materials in.