The Paden City City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers within the City Complex at 208 West Main Street in Paden City. Mayor Steve Kastigar chaired the meeting. Sitting next to the mayor at the council table were First Ward Council Members Jim Richmond and Earl Kendle, Second Ward Council Members Bill Bell and Rick Bertozzi, Third Ward Council Members Scott Dalrymple and Don Dillaman, and City Recorder Sheila Ervin. Also present were City Counsel Carolyn Flannery, Police Commissioner Anthony Lauer, Superintendent of Public Works Josh Billiter, Joel Davis of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, four members of the public and two members of the press.
After a prayer, the pledge of allegiance to the American flag, an appeal by officials, and approval of the minutes of the November 7, 2022 regular council meeting, the mayor spoke about the ongoing work to install a cell phone tower in the city park. In addition, the Mayor was positive about Paden City High School’s Respect Group and the group’s participation in both the December 1, 2022 Christmas tree lighting and the upcoming Christmas Parade scheduled for December 17, 2022.
The mayor opened the floor for comments from citizens. A citizen handed everyone present a mobile phone with a photo of a water filter recently installed in his home and the photo showing the filter in brown color, and stated that the filter was white in color when it was installed. In the ensuing discussion, mainly between the mayor, the superintendent and the citizen, rusting in the cast-iron pipes of the city’s water system was discussed, as well as the stratification of the water within the system due to the seasonal temperature change. The citizen asked the council, “Will this ever go away?” Unstated throughout the discussion was the premise that you put in a filter to perform a function known as filtering, and it’s to be expected that you will a filter is used. Service discolours. If a filter remained pristine in service, its necessity would be questionable. The citizen then admonished the council regarding the location of the new cell phone tower to be erected in the city park and asked if anyone had considered the installation before work began. The citizen felt that the quality of the park and the experience at it had been compromised by the presence of the radio tower and spoke of a recent trip to the park with his dog and the negativity of the experience due to the presence of the radio tower. Eventually, the citizen informed the council that the communications tower was “5G,” presumably reminiscent of the weirdness of the QAnon conspiracy theory and implying that a perhaps dark and sinister force of unknown origin, power, and consequence was unleashed upon the populace. When a council member pointed out to the citizen that the mobile phone the citizen had been clutching since entering the council chamber was also “5G” and was likely placed close to the citizen’s head from time to time, a noticeable calm in the sails followed the citizen. When the citizen was informed that the city would receive a regular rent payment and a part of the proceeds from the revenues of the transmission tower, the dialogue petered out.
Ken and Maysel Keifer, a married couple, both 84 and residents of North Second Avenue, appeared before the council over an ongoing issue where a neighbor’s dogs were interfering with the peace and quality of life of Keifer. It appears the Keifers got a new neighbor in the summer of 2022, and the new neighbor has three dogs. A fence separates the two backyards. Mr. Keifer said that whenever he drives into the garage, which he also appears to use as an office, or he and Mrs. Keifer just step out onto their back porch, the neighbors’ dogs make a ruckus, mostly barking and with a of the dogs, whose name is believed to be Gracie, are also biting the fence. It is believed that the neighbor can and does calm the dogs down during these outings and it appears that the dogs follow the neighbor’s instructions. Police were called several times, as confirmed by Chief Lauer, who commented: “There were allegations on both sides.” Mr. Keifer commended the police department’s response and conduct on the matter. The Keiferás claim that the condition negatively impacts their ability to enjoy their garden and participate in activities such as a backyard barbecue. It has been stated that Mr. Keifer was born in the house where he and Mrs. Keifer currently reside. Taunting and disrespectful Facebook posts, as well as insults and profanity, have been reported to have come over the fence. Cell phone videos were recorded and piles of dog excrement were inventoried. The City Council, City Counsel and the Chief discussed possible solutions. There was talk of direct civil action by the Keifers. The matter remains unresolved.
There is a malaise in our society that manifests itself in a lack of consideration and respect for others.
The council unanimously approved payment of all bills.
Joel Davis of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council presented a documentary about the twentieth withdrawal for the water project. The council unanimously approved the payments and authorized the mayor to sign the documents. Payments totaled $7,722.50 to the Thrasher Group, $91,706.03 to Stonegate Construction, $1,161.79 to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council and a $6,000 interest payment to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA ).
Police Chief Anthony Lauer reminded the council that the city’s newest police officer will attend the West Virginia State Police Academy in early 2023. If this officer is certified after completing his training, the police department will be fully staffed.
Ken Stead, who served as interim mayor from October 2017 to June 2018, reported to the council on the senior center cap. The current dropping and dropping ceiling consists of conventional ceiling panels stapled directly to the old and probably original wooden ceiling with tongue and groove. About a hundred tiles covering an area of a hundred square meters fell down. Mr. Stead explained that he removed the fallen pieces and used burning strips to stabilize the remaining ceiling panels. In the ensuing discussion, it was noted that the building is over a hundred years old, that there are no structural problems with the ceiling, and that there are no water leakage problems that have caused the tiles to fall. The tiles have simply deteriorated over time. Superintendent of Public Works Josh Biller will follow up on the ceiling replacement matter.
Councilor Bill Bell, reporting on behalf of the Paden City Development Authority (PCDA), stated that the PCDA had completed the purchase of the REM building, the PCDA had donated a total of $3,550 to the community in 2022 and there were currently ninety-five cars , boats and mobile homes stored in the industrial park for the winter.
In recognition of Paden City High School Bandás’ exceptional performance over the past year, the Council unanimously approved a proclamation designating the week beginning December 11, 2022 as Paden City High School Wildcat Band Week.
Regarding the surface water problem at Wissmach Glass, Superintendent of Public Works Josh Biller told the Council that he was awaiting bidding notices from six different companies regarding the placement of the inflatable liner technology in the failed underground piping central to the problem are.
The city council unanimously approved the Christmas bonus for all city employees.
The Council will be suspended at 7:55 p.m.