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April 9, 2014

Travis Blosser resigns council seat for District 2

Cites work, job loads; replacement to be chosen May 14

FAIRMONT — Travis Blosser, councilman for Fairmont District 2, announced his resignation Tuesday, effective April 21. Blosser said that, due to the time constraints posed by splitting his time between his seat on Fairmont City Council and his job as assistant city manager for Shinnston, as well as tackling his full college course load, he felt he must resign from council.

“I’ve decided to step aside, and allow someone to replace me that will give this seat and council the dedication its residents deserve and need,” Blosser said.

Blosser said he appreciated all of the opportunities the council has given him.

“I am of the firm belief that, if not for my election to this position, I don’t think I would ever have gotten the opportunity to find the profession of municipal management that I have fallen in love with,” Blosser said. “This city has a wealth of potential, and I would ask each member of council to never stop tackling the big things, and to continue to be aggressive to keep moving this city forward.”

Mayor Ron Straight commended Blosser for his service.

“I think it’s a terrible loss for the City of Fairmont, but Shinnston, it’s their gain,” Straight said.

Blosser’s resignation will go into effect on April 21. The city will begin accepting letters of interest for the position April 22 at 8:30 a.m., and will continue to accept applications through noon Friday, May 9. No applications will be accepted prior to April 22.

To be eligible, those interested must be qualified voters and reside in the second district in Fairmont. Anyone interested who is not sure if he or she resides in the second district may contact Janet Keller, city clerk, at 304-366-6211 extension 329.

A special meeting will be held at 5 p.m. May 14 to select the new council member, who will take an oath of office and serve at the council meeting at 7 p.m. later that evening.

The selected council member will serve through Dec. 31 because the second district seat is up for election this year.

City Manager Jay Rogers commended the Fairmont Police Department for their handling of recent deaths due to automobile accidents, on Route 250 and on East Park Avenue. Rogers spoke more specifically about the recent East Park Avenue accident.

“But part of what I want to talk about is the individual that at this time appears to have caused the accident was parked left of curb on East Park Avenue,” Rogers said. Rogers said that parking left of curb reduces visibility and is dangerous.

“That’s why they write these tickets,” Rogers said, referring to parking tickets issued by city police officers for parking left of curb. Rogers said that it is an issue of safety.

In other business:

• The quarterly report for the street maintenance fee was given. The balance is $1,028,060.58, and Rogers said the fee is on schedule for this point in the year.

• The spring paving schedule will be released in the next couple of weeks.

• The first Fairmont 101 class will be held April 24. Anyone interested in signing up should do so soon, Rogers said, as only a few seats remain, especially in the morning class.

• Councilman Robert Garcia’s nephew has been named the new Mountaineer. Councilman Daniel Weber said that this is the third time Marion County has produced a Mountaineer, more than any other county in the state.

• A public hearing will be held at the April 22 city council meeting at 7 p.m. for the renewal of a letter of credit issued to the city of Fairmont by WesBanco to satisfy self-insured security and insurance requirements required by the state of West Virginia.

• A public hearing will also be held on April 22 for an ordinance to purchase 211 Guffey St.

• A public hearing will be held April 22 for Fairmont’s proposed municipal home rule application.

• Garrett DeVault was appointed to the Fairmont Airport Authority for a three-year term, which will end Oct. 1, 2016.

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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