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St. Albans mayor honors teen court participants

By Kristin Ledford

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- Monday marked the beginning of the Municipal Government Week in West Virginia, and St. Albans mayor Dick Callaway kicked it off by honoring several teens and mentors for their hard work with the St. Albans Teen Court.

Callaway said St. Albans is the first city in the state to have a teen court, which previously was only allowed at the county level.

He said it makes a bigger difference in the lives of teens who go through the program rather than traditional court proceedings.

"It means a lot more when a young person tells a young person how disappointed they are," he said at Monday night's city council meeting. "Because adults can tell them all day long, but what does an adult know?"

The teens who were honored have all served as attorneys and on the jury for several cases.

Callaway also swore in a new police officer. Jeffrey Lucas will undergo a psychological evaluation and attend the State Police Academy in December before joining the ranks as a patrolman.

Council members also approved several resolutions, including two dealing with personal computer and social media use while working.

Delegates Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, and Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, presented council with a certificate for $20,000 to perform upgrades to Skinner Drive.

Council members also passed a resolution for Callaway to use a similar grant for Skinner Drive with the West Virginia Senate for $15,000.

Finally, council heard from firefighter Rex Eggleton about a proposed deferred retirement option for the firemen's pension plan.

The optional plan would allow a firefighter to freeze his pension and defer the payments into an interest-yielding account before retirement.

Council voted to submit the proposal to the West Virginia Municipal Oversight Board for an actuarial study.


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