SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens Thursday night commended the city's Fire Department for their work in assisting Wednesday morning with the accidental leak of dry chlorine bleach at Clearon Corp.
"The plant manager called to thank us for the work they did," Mullens said. "The firefighters took what could have been a bad situation and worked it out very well."
Fire Chief John Taylor reported that the leak was quickly contained and "a couple of guys got overheated, and that was it."
Clearon, according to its website, "designs products to whiten your laundry, clean and deodorize your home, purify your drinking water, clarify and sanitize your swimming pool and revitalize your bath."
The city's new mobile phone application, created in July to enhance communications for the city, has been utilized very successfully up until Wednesday's emergency, Mullen said.
The shelter-in-place alert was not posted on the app, according to the mayor, "because the fire chief was busy protecting the public."
As a result, the city is contracting with marketing firm BG Hamrick, LLC of Scott Depot to assist city department heads in posting and updating the app so vital information is shared more efficiently.
The free app, which is compatible with both Android and Apple devices, can be downloaded by searching city of South Charleston in Google's Play Store or Apple's Apps Store. It can also be downloaded using a QR code that is available at city government offices and businesses.
In other business, the second reading of the ordinance to vacate a portion of the alley between McDonald Street and Park Avenue to further prepare for construction of the Sheetz gas and 24 hour convenience store project was approved unanimously.
Also Thursday, council approved closing D Street for Friday's South Charleston High School homecoming parade and pep rally.
The band, homecoming attendants, and football players will meet at the Dairy Bar on Second Avenue around 5 p.m. and walk up to the stage at the Mound for the rally, Mullens said.
Also, council voted to set trick or treat for Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.