RIPLEY -  Ripley City Council approved a $2, 082,745 general fund budget for 2014-1015 and a $200,000 coal severance budget during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Council also approved the purchase of two six-foot city seals for the municipal building tower at a cost of $5,000 from Bobby Goodson.

Council also voted to donate $100 (matched by the Ripley Police Department) to the new West Virginia Heat boys’ basketball team being coached by City Attorney Kevin Harris and Ripley Police Officer Brian Anderson. The team of 12 11-13 year olds goes beyond mere basketball, explained Harris. It is tailored to build character and tradition by following three main principles: work hard and set goals; represent your community well; and serve God.

Mayor Carolyn Rader reported on the recent JCDA meeting held at the site of the new moonshine distillery at Fairplain. She reported on the progress at the facility which is not yet operational, as well as reporting that a new motel is expected to be built in Ripley and that two new businesses—one a yogurt store--will be forthcoming.
Council tabled action on an election ordinance until their April 1 meeting.