DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar Police Chief Earl Whittington demonstrated a motorized wheelchair fitted with reflective flags as part of the city's Motorized Wheelchair Safety Program during a council meeting Monday.
"We are taking a proactive approach to the safety of individuals who use motorized devices," he said. "As far as I know, there aren't any other cities around here ... addressing the non-visibility of citizens using these devices to get around town."
Flags and reflectors can be obtained at the city police station.
"If you can't make it to us, we'll come to you," Whittington said.
City officials Monday also announced possible pay raises to hourly employees, which includes city police officers and firefighters. The pay increases, which are between 30 cents and 65 cents per hour, will take effect July 7 if a new ordinance passes.
"This city is in excellent financial condition," City Clerk Ross Harrison said. "We are finishing the year within budget."
In other action, Sanitary Department Director Ron Byrnside announced that the sanitary board submitted papers to the EPA concerning the second phase of a $12.5 million storm-drainage construction project. Board members are awaiting a binding letter of commitment.
"We expect to begin taking bids in October and have a January 2014 start date for construction on 10th Street on the river side of the tracks and also on Roxalana Road," Byrnside said. "We hope the completion of this project will take care of flooding for years to come."
* Council members said goodbyes and welcomed newly elected leaders, who will begin work July 1.