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Generators bought in summer did job, St. Albans mayor says

By Kristin Ledford

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The generators that St. Albans city officials purchased after the summer storms did their job last week, Mayor Dick Callaway said at a meeting Monday night.

On Oct. 30, power was knocked out at City Hall and two water pump stations because of the snowstorm. But the generators kicked in and there was no disruption in services, Callaway said.

The Hansford Center, serving as a warming station and overnight shelter, hosted about a dozen people and families on the nights of Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.

"We provided them with food and bedding and a warm place to get out of the weather," Callaway said at Monday's city council meeting.

In other business, council members declared Dec. 24 as a holiday for city employees.

Councilman Desper Lemon also addressed council, and said that after reviewing the book of city ordinances, he is concerned that so many are not enforced.

"I just think that we as council maybe should look into them," he said. Maybe "they've been amended, they've been repealed, but for the most part I don't see them being enforced too much."

Lemon encouraged the other council members to review the book of ordinances.


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