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SC fire station construction progresses; city OKs new building projects

By Marta Ree Tankersley

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Public Works Director Gerald Burgy reported that construction of a new fire station on Weberwood Drive is "moving along good" at the South Charleston City Council meeting Thursday evening. 

"We want to finish the outside in good weather, then do inside work when the fall rains come," he said.

Completion for Fire Station No. 3 is scheduled for early 2014.

The city also approved the purchase of two properties located at 321 and 323 Fourth Ave. at a cost of $250,000 for the construction of another new fire station.

The city approved construction of a pro shop at Little Creek Golf Course at an estimated cost of $221,000.

Council also approved the $63,000 purchase of 316 Highland Ave., where they intend to build housing.

In preparation for winter weather, the city approved the purchase of $109,300 of salt from North American Salt, who provided the lowest bid.

"All these expenditures will not be made all at once," Mayor Frank Mullens said. "These things will take a period of time and all this money will not [be] spent tomorrow."

The first reading of an ordinance to vacate a portion of the alley between McDonald Street and Park Avenue to further prepare for construction of a Sheetz gas station and 24-hour convenience store was approved.

Also Thursday:

* Council appointed engineer Ralph King to another term on the sanitary board.

"He has served well for several years already," Mullens said.

Attorney Michael Moore said that he "bagged a doe" on one of two approved tracts of land as part of the urban deer hunting program that began Sept. 7. 

"I don't have figures compiled on the number of successful hunts yet," he said. "Two tracts of land are approved and three more are under consideration."

In other news, Police Chief Brad Rinehart reported that the city would host the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Conference this weekend, with 200 expected to be in attendance.


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