Fire Chief Gregg Freme and Police Chief Steve Cain both attended Tuesday’s city council meeting, and they may have won the prize for the shortest commute.

For both chiefs, the distance between their offices and council’s chambers is a couple of dozen steps.

For the first time, Fairmont City Council met in its chambers at the new public safety building Tuesday.

Council now shares its space with the city’s fire and police departments, which moved from a century-old building to the $3.9 million facility on Quincy Street earlier this month.

Both chiefs expressed their thanks to council for its support of the project, which moved the departments from an outdated building to the much larger and more modern facility.

“This is just a beautiful space for the future of the City of Fairmont,” Councilman Tom Mainella said.

Council unanimously appointed two of its members to the metro government charter committee, a seven-member group that will be charged with studying the process of consolidating the county and city government and services.

Mayor Nick Fantasia and Councilman Scott Sears will serve on the committee, which will come back to city council and the county commission with a charter within a year’s time. If the two governing bodies accept the charter, the issue will go before the voters of Marion County, who will have to decide whether to accept the new form of government.

If a super majority, or at least 55 percent of the voters, approve the measure, metro government can be established in Marion County.

County commissioners are poised to name two members to the charter committee when they meet at 10 a.m. today. Once the four elected officials, or their designees, are appointed to the committee, they will name three more members to fill all seven seats. Of those three appointees, at least one must be a resident of an unincorporated area of Marion County.

In other business, council also named Fantasia as a member of Marion County Development Authority and Councilman Butch Tennant as an appointee to the Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

E-mail Misty Poe at mpoe@timeswv.com.

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