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March 6, 2014
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Public Hearing For
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By Debbie Frederick
Cairo Town Council read the Ordinance for the proposed sewer rate increase at their regular meeting Tuesday evening, and will now have a public hearing as the next step in the approval process.
A meeting for public comment and questions is planned for Tuesday, March 25th, 7:00 p.m., at the Cairo Community Building.
A sewer rate increase of 15% is in the works to help cover costs of operating. There has not been a rate change since 1993. The Public Service District (PSD) notified Cairo town officials in the Fall of 2013 that a rate increase is needed.
The matter was brought up at the February town meeting and approved to move forward to implement the 15%, which they feel is the minimum amount to request and still be able to cover costs.
If the town does not approve the 15% raise, officials from the PSD will come to inspect the operations and books of Cairo and decide on a rate increase themselves. This could be as high as 50%.
In other business, Lindsay Morton, Cairo Town Recorder, submitted her resignation effective immediately. She still has time remaining in her term until the next election for that position in 2015.
According to a Cairo Town Ordinance, the mayor can appoint someone to fill the position until the next regular election. Mayor Gary Haugh nominated Laurie Bastian, who is currently employed as the Town Clerk. Bastian agreed to perform the Town Recorder duties, and Council voted to approve the mayor’s selection. Bastian was given a pay raise to compensate for working both jobs.
The deal to purchase the IOOF Building as the Cairo Town Hall is still with the lawyers and has not been finalized. The legal work has been ongoing since December 2012. Renovations to the office space cannot begin until the sale is completed.
7:00 p.m. Thomas M Harris Museum
7:00 p.m. Pizza House
12:30 p.m. RC Senior Center, Harrisville
The Office of the West Virginia Attorney General is hosting a Scam Awareness Seminar Friday, March 7th, 12:00-1:00 p.m., at the Judge Black Annex, Fort Boreman Room, in Parkersburg. It is open to the public and free of charge.
The event, will focus on current scams in West Virginia and fraud prevention as well as how consumers can steer clear of fraud and scams in the marketplace.
Brooke Fletcher, representative for the Attorney General, will be giving a brief presentation and passing out vital consumer protection information.
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The Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office reports a Macfarlan man was arrested on Wednesday for operation of a clandestine lab and conspiracy to operate a clandestine lab.
Deputies Cpl. T. M. Jackson and Cpl. E. L. Flevaris and West Virginia State Police Trooper C. Speece went to the residence of Jeremy Newlon, 32, Beechwood Lane, Macfarlan, on Saturday evening to serve a warrant for failure to provide support to a minor. While there the officers noticed what could have been a meth lab.
After obtaining a search warrant they returned to the residence to find several narcotics and materials for manufacturing meth.
Cpl. Jackson arrested Newlon on Wednesday and he was arraigned before Ritchie County Magistrate Teresa Harper. A hearing was scheduled for 2:00 p.m., on March 18th, and he was released after posting a $60,000 bond
The Sheriff’s Office is now seeking three other suspects who may be involved with that meth lab
Meth Lab Arrest
By Debbie Frederick