DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar Mayor Terry Greenlee reported during a City Council meeting Monday evening that a geotechnical analysis of the Anderson Dam found that the earthen dam at Wine Cellar Park meets or exceeds all safety standards.
American Geotech, Inc. of Charleston recently completed the analysis.
The city is required to have the dam inspected periodically, much as a bridge would be, according to Greenlee.
"They check to see that no vehicles have been driven on the top of the dam and that the overflows are clear," he said. "It makes me feel safer knowing the inspection was done and it passed with flying colors."
In other safety actions, council members unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit the use of a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle unless it is a hands-free device.
Also, a safety belt ordinance, which makes driving without seatbelt usage a first offense, passed on first reading Monday.
Council members also voted Monday to have all city ordinances codified and digitalized at a cost of $14,790.
According to Greenlee, Walter Drake Company has been contracted to go through each and every city ordinance to weed out repetitious, obsolete and otherwise outdated ordinances. Once they are updated in six to eight months, the ordinances will be publicly available on the city's website.
"It's a very tedious process and hasn't been done in about 10 years," he said.
Dunbar Police Chief Earl Whittington reported that the police department recently purchased two 2014 Ford Taurus cars to be converted to police cruisers. That will bring the city's total vehicle count to 12.
Council also voted to allocate up to $10,800 to purchase and install equipment necessary for the vehicle conversion.