<h1><img class="wp-image-35202 alignleft" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/11\/Stover-1.jpg" alt="" width="267" height="231" \/>At the Tuesday night Lewisburg City Council meeting, Lewisburg Police Chief Tim Stover announced his plans to retire from the force after 28\u00bd years of service.<\/h1>\r\nIn a voice occasionally choked with emotion, Stover said, \u201cIt has been an honor and a privilege to serve the city of Lewisburg.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe had only two requests from the council \u2013 one being that he hoped to see the next chief come from the ranks of the police department. \u201cThere are many officers here with years of service who are highly qualified and ready for the position.\u201d He asked that council not \u201csend the wrong message\u201d by seeking someone from outside the city\u2019s department. Secondly, Stover asked that the DARE to Cruz Car Show continue as it has for the last nine years in support of the Eastern Greenbrier Middle School\u2019s D.A.R.E. drug education program.\r\n\r\nStover said in situations such as this, an honorary certificate is often issued to the retiree. \u201cBut, really, I\u2019d like to keep the Dodge Charger,\u201d he said with a laugh. He said he has no immediate plans for the future, but anticipates he will \u201cget antsy eventually.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cCatch your breath here,\u201d Manchester said, reflecting the reaction from everyone on the council who appeared to be caught unaware of Stover\u2019s retirement plans.\r\n\r\n\u201cLewisburg\u2019s Police Department is the envy around the state,\u201d which, he said, is a testament to Stover\u2019s leadership. \u201cYour legacy is significant for the city of Lewisburg.\u201d Manchester asked that Stover agree to \u201clet us honor you.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWe need [an event in which] to recognize how the city has grown and how safe we are because of your leadership. And you need to hear it from the people you\u2019ve led and trained.\u201d Stover was given an appreciative standing applause by all attendees in the council chambers.\r\n\r\nIn other business:\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>City council approved Feb. 2, 2019 as the date for a special excess levy election so that citizens can re-approve the terms and conditions of three items of the levy, which have traditionally provided $476,000 to fund the police department, the fire department and for capitol improvements to the streets and city lighting.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>The mayor announced that Ian Lutz will fill Todd Wagner\u2019s six-year unexpired term on the Parks Commission. Lutz will serve until June 30, 2023.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>A local Girl Scouts troup requested to place a Blessing Box in a convenient place where a food pantry could be made available for anyone to add to or receive. The mayor offered the Green Space parking lot area where the recycled, relabeled newspaper bin being used as a pantry box can be found for those seeking sustenance from caring strangers.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>The Board of Zoning Appeals quorum ordinance had its second reading, and after a public hearing, was approved. The change made to city code 1375-14 will allow the BZA to resolve property issues with a simple majority of three members instead of the prior code requirement of four members for a super majority. According to Zoning Officer Chuck Smith, this ordinance will assist the board in quickly resolving situations and thereby facilitate zoning appeal issues that arise.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nCouncil also approved the first reading of ordinance 278 for the closure of Stratton Alley, which runs\u00a0 from Foster Street to the rear of the City Hall building. The road closure will give more frontage access to the alley, where renovations are currently underway for new shop fronts and cafes.\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>City Clerk Shannon Beatty announced that an agricultural exhibit is currently on display at City Hall\u2019s lobby on the ground floor. Curated by Janice Cooley, a Americorp VISTA volunteer in conjunction with the North House Museum, the exhibit will remain in place until February 2019 when the Black History month exhibit will be erected in its place. Beatty welcomes the public to come in and enjoy the exhibit open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Councilmember Beverly White reported that Public Works Director Roger Pence and City Manager-in-training Jacy Faulkner are working with a consultant with GameTime, an interactive playground equipment company, for eventual installation at Dorie Miller Park. The Parks commissioners are anxious to see the plans and new designs.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Fire Chief Joseph Thomas gave an activity report for the month of October in which there were 114 emergency calls, four structure fires (none within city limits), the purchase a truck to replace unit 2026, a $86,000 grant, with a five percent match requirement, to purchase 27 new portable radios and a $25,000 Homeland Security grant for eight cold water \u201cdry suit\u201d dive gear for the department.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>The finance committee report, by Councilmember Mark Etten, included approval for a $1,818,959 task order for Chapman Technical group to begin the construction phase of the city\u2019s water system upgrades project. Chapman, Etten said, has been overseeing the design phase for the upgrades to the system for the past few years. This task order marks the long awaited construction phase, which will begin in the spring\/summer of 2019.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nEtten said a bid for $15,500 by Matt Condon was accepted to remove 22 Ash trees and one Maple tree, which were considered hazardous.