"There are lots of people to thank for this community effort, from filling up water buffalos [tanks] at St. Albans, to the Red Cross, who brought in food and drinks, to volunteers who got out of their cars and helped," Mullens said.
"You are judged not by what's planned, but by what is unplanned. This chemical leak into our water supply gave us an opportunity to pull together and help the community."
In regular business, Mullens reported that he and City Treasurer Hannah Pettitt met with representatives of the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office and the city of Charleston regarding the address and taxation issue first reported in October when some South Charleston businesses incorrectly applied the city of Charleston's 0.5 percent sales tax to purchases.
In order to resolve the issue, the post office asked the city to prepare a list of "every house and building in South Charleston" for submission to the post office. The post office will then send a survey form to each individual to verify the city in which they reside and/or operate their businesses, Mullens said.
Residents and business owners must return the survey for this make a difference, according to Pettitt.
"The surveys will be used by the post office to make corrections in their system," Mullens said.
The mayor warned, however, that many companies are contracted to provide addresses to agencies and organizations so it will take time to see the situation completely corrected.
"The addresses being wrong is the common denominator in the taxation and identity issue," he said. "Get that fixed and other issues will fall into place. We'll keep fighting the fight."
Mullens also recommended the city endorse Service Line Warranties of America, of San Diego, to provide insurance against water and sewer line disruption to residents.
"It's like insurance for water and sanitary lines for homeowners," Mullens said. "You pay a monthly premium of $7.75 for sewer line and $5.75 for water line protection. If there is a break between the meter and the house, the company hires a local contractor to repair it at no cost.
"The West Virginia Municipal League recommended this highly," he said. "I think it's a good program for our citizens."