The Times West Virginian

April 23, 2013

Monongah considers charging offenders with court costs

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

MONONGAH — Violators in Monongah could soon be paying for court costs.

During Monday’s meeting, council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would let the town charge traffic and criminal offenders with a court cost of $62.50.

Mayor Don Harris said the money will pay for administrative fees. He said as of now, there are no court costs.

“We need something to offset the costs because the people in the office spend hours and hours on work,” Harris said.

Council will have a final reading of the ordinance at the next meeting, then a public hearing before the costs can go into effect.

Also during Monday’s meeting, representatives of the PACE Project asked council if they could have the old police department building so they could turn it into a library.

Caprice Doty, with PACE, said it would be great to have the building so PACE could get started on providing jobs to the community.

Doty hopes this approval will get more people interested in the PACE Project.

“There are so many good things that go along with having a library in the town,” she said.

Council approved a motion to provide the old police department building to PACE but only if the town was legally allowed to. Harris told PACE he would have to talk the process of giving the group the building over with the town attorney.

 

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