CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro City Council on Tuesday passed the first reading of an $8.3 million sewer bond project Tuesday night.
The project involves a main sewer line which passes by Nitro High School, Eastwood Avenue, and Blakes Creek.
At the meeting, council also passed a resolution to secure reimbursement for $105,000 spent on emergency repairs at a wastewater pump station beside the Pilot gas station. The resolution was presented by attorney Mark Imbrogno.
Also, they approved a short-term loan from Huntington National Bank to pay for engineers to design the sewer project, which is not to exceed $1.09 million, according to City Treasurer John Young.
"What this means is that our sewer work is about ready to start," said Mayor Dave Casebolt.
A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17.
Casebolt reported that paving is underway on Smith Street, Eighth Street, Easter Road and Martins Court and should be completed Wednesday, weather permitting. He also said paving in Brookhaven has begun, but that the project would span about a year.
In other business, council passed the first reading of a property maintenance ordinance to establish a new fee schedule for any private property maintenance performed by city employees.
According to Councilman John Montgomery, when residents are in violation of residential property maintenance ordinances, the city completes the maintenance, such as cutting grass, and then bills the property owner.
New fees of $100 per hour for each city employee on the crew and $200 for each piece of equipment used for the project were approved.
"We are making this stringent so people will take responsibility for caring for their own property," Montgomery said.