DUNBAR, W.Va. -- After a busy day of acting as mayor, seventh-grader Timothy Singletary said, "I don't know if I did a good job, but I'm tired."
Singletary served alongside sixth-grader Michelle Zhu and eighth-grader Breanna Hensley as honorary mayors for the city of Dunbar.
The three Dunbar Middle School students, winners of the "If I Were Mayor for a Day" essay contest, also presided over the City Council meeting Monday evening.
They shadowed Mayor Terry Greenlee beginning bright and early at 8:30 a.m. They met city department heads, visited the police station and fire station, Wine Cellar Park and generally learned about how city government works, Greenlee said.
Councilman Doug Fleshman echoed the other council members when he thanked the "young adults for helping the mayor out" and urged them to keep up the good work in their schooling.
"They did a fantastic job," Greenlee said.
In other business, council passed the first reading of a $14.5 million bond ordinance for the construction of extensions, additions and improvements to the Dunbar public sewage system.
Attorney John Stump of Steptoe and Johnson said the expected expense is closer to $12 million, but "if there is an overrun, we don't have to go through the ordinance process again."
The terms of the bond are set at a 0.5 percent interest rate for 30 years, Stump said.
The second reading of an amendment to the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance prohibiting their use on city streets passed unanimously with a roll-call vote.
This ordinance mirrors that of the state regarding ATVs on city streets, said Councilman Everette Sullivan.
Other action included approval of a resolution for the Jag Grant, which funds the prevention resource officer at Dunbar Middle School.
Patrolman Adam Mason was promoted to corporal and sworn in by the mayor with the help of the three students. His promotion is effective today .
Dunbar is accepting applications for new police officers until 4 p.m. Oct. 11, according to Police Chief Earl Whittington. The "new hire test" will be on Oct. 19.
The city accepted a letter of intent from the Kanawha County Commission for $25,000 to purchase a new police patrol vehicle.