DUNBAR, W.Va. -- The Dunbar Police Department is holding training meetings for their neighborhood watch program every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Dunbar Athletic Boosters Club on Charles Avenue, according to Lt. Scott Elliot.
"We want citizens to be our eyes and ears," he said at the city council meeting Monday evening.
Council members encouraged citizens to attend the meetings, which are scheduled to accommodate each ward separately.
"If you can, please attend these neighborhood watch meetings," said Council President Dana K. Hayes. "It's amazing what can happen in a positive way, if we work together."
The training sessions will continue under the leadership of the police department for several months, according to Elliot, who said that eventually the separate wards would work more independently.
Neighborhood watch signs will be installed as a way to further deter crime, according to Councilman Gail Harper.
Councilman Stephen Arnott encouraged citizens to use the anonymous tip-line (304-766-0201) if they see suspicious activity whether they are part of the neighborhood watch program or not.
Council approved the payment of city invoices Monday, including $17,000 for recycling bags.
The bags are expensive and there is some indication that people who live outside of Dunbar have picked them up them in the past. For that reason, people will need to present their city sanitation bill when they pick up the recycling bags, according to Mayor Terry Greenlee.
"We are hoping this measure will allow us to save money on the purchase next year," said Greenlee.