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July 15, 2014

Monongah looking for cause of landslide

Council also searching for new city attorney

MONONGAH — The Town of Monongah is trying to determine the cause of a landslide so it can move forward in fixing the problem.

Mayor Greg Vandetta explained that there is a landslide at the Bridge Street Extension.

“We’re seeing what we need to do to keep our road from falling,” he said.

Crews are currently drilling core samples to find out the cause of the landslide and figure out how to correct it. That work should hopefully be done by the end of this month.

Monongah had money appropriated to pay for the engineering and surveying efforts, and will have to seek additional money to try to solve the problem of the landslide. Once the cause is determined, the town will know which direction to turn to try to obtain funding, Vandetta said.

During the meeting, council also discussed how the town is in the process of screening engineering firms to design the additional phases of the projects to update its water and sewer systems.

A work session will be held on Monday, July 21. The mayor and council members will serve on the committee to interview at least three engineering outfits that could potentially be hired for the job.

Another topic of discussion Monday was the town’s search for a new attorney.

Vandetta said Monongah can’t function without an attorney. The town has several issues pending, such as the proposed beer tax ordinance, that require the assistance of an attorney.

Anyone interested in representing the Town of Monongah should contact the town hall at 304-534-3365.

In addition, Monongah’s update of one of the restrooms in the town hall is mostly complete, with just some minor flooring work left to do. The town received a $10,000 Bowers grant to upgrade the bathroom.

The remodeling work has involved tiling the floor, painting, installing new bathroom fixtures and putting in partitions. The restroom is being made handicap-accessible and turned into a family bathroom.

In other news:

• Monongah recently hired Scott Aldridge as a Class 2 operator for the town’s water plant, and he is in training to become the chief operator. Bill McCombs will remain in charge of the operations until Aldridge is comfortable running the plant.

• The council members voted 4-0 in favor of giving a pay raise of 50 cents on the hour to all full-time employees who began working for the town prior to June 1.

• Council held the first reading to amend the ordinance for the chief of police to receive a pay raise. The second reading will be held at the next regular council meeting, on Monday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m.

• The town is down to one full-time police officer after two former part-time officers left for other jobs. Monongah is advertising to try to hire another officer to possibly work 20 to 30 hours a week.

• Monongah council unanimously accepted budget revisions for 2014-2015.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

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