The city opened bids for the purchase of a new or used wood chipper so it can clean up downed trees more efficiently and stockpile mulch for use throughout the city.
"We will be saving time, saving the landfill expense, cutting down on damage to trucks and have mulch to give away," Casebolt said.
The estimated cost of a new wood chipper is $38,000, but "it's a good investment," Councilman Andy Shamblin said.
In other news:
• Fire Chief Jeff Elkins accepted a $10,000 donation from Tom Dover and Victor McCormick of Bayer Corp. on Aug. 27. The money will be used for training and equipment.
"Bayer also donated $10,000 to the city of St. Albans," Cox said. "Although it's something they have done in the past, they had not for a year or two, so this donation was much bigger than we had expected."
• Council members approved a Nitro Historical Commission proposal to design and install banners on Bank Street lampposts.
The banners will feature historical facts about the city, season's greetings messages, and also will advertise upcoming events, said NHC President Rich Hively, who was recognized by the city for his volunteer work.
• Council members voted to reimburse the West Virginia National Guard about $2,230 for a 30-foot by 60-foot American flag the city borrowed that had been soiled with grease during a storm more than two years ago.
When it was cleaned, the red faded into the white, rendering it useless, Cox said.
"The flag was on loan to the city," Casebolt said, "and the honorable thing to do is to pay to replace it."