By Gracie Ferretti
For the Gazette
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston city council members approved a measure Thursday evening to annex the area of Ruth Road that includes Ruthlawn Elementary School.
Residents of the Ruth Road area originally raised the issue of annexation to the council members.
Council members are also in discussion about new regulations that would increase the number of parking spots for new residential and multi-family homes. Mayor Frank Mullens said that because most families have more than one car, there is a need to create more parking spots in those areas.
Also during the meeting, Police Chief Brad Rinehart reported on the success of "shop with a cop." Twenty-two children participated in the event, each spending an average of $150.
"Target ended up donating $2,000," Rinehart said. At the end of the event, there was $800 left over, which was used to buy toys for the Channel 8 Toys for Tots drive, he added.
The city will have curbside trash pick up Wednesday, but the regular schedule will resume Thursday and Friday, council members said.
Mullens announced that he formed a committee to regulate deer hunting within the city. Councilman Jeff Means will head this committee, Mullens said.Other members of this committee include James Sibold, Rinehart, Owen Higgins, John Yeary, city attorney Michael More, Donna Arden and Michael Frye.