RIPLEY - Mayor Carolyn Rader unveiled a new innovation for the upcoming Veterans Day Parade in the County Seat, and City Council heard an emotional appeal for support for a grieving Mason County mother at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Rader displayed one of the new enlarged photos of individual veterans that will be carried in the Ripley Parade on Veterans Day. She and Mike Ruben of the Ripley Convention and Visitors Bureau came up with the idea after seeing something similar done to honor veterans in New York.

Rader said the goal is to have 50 of the new veterans’ tribute photos carried in the 2014 parade. Six are already being prepared from photos brought in by family members wishing to honor their veterans, living or dead.
Council heard an emotional, gut-wrenching appeal for support from Brenda Nott of Pt. Pleasant, who lost her 21-year-old daughter Sarah in March in a traffic mishap. Sarah Nott pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle when vehicles parked along the highway (Route 2) blocked her view as she attempted to pull out of a store parking lot.
Brenda Nott is trying to get “Sarah Nott’s Law” passed, statewide. The law would prohibit vehciles from parking closer than six feet from the edge of roadways or block the entrance/exit ways from businesses.
Chief of Police Raymond Fridley told Nott that the City Of Ripley has a city ordinance passed several years ago that prohibits vehicle from parking closer than six feet from the white line edging any roadway.

In other action, Council:
• Witnessed Mayor Rader swear in Kevin Luquez as a new probationary city police officer. Luquez will attend the West Virginia State Police Academy beginning September 2.
• Approved city police officers to serve as PRO officers at Ripley Middle School on their days off on a schedule to be worked up by Chief Fridley as part of an agreement with the Jackson County Board of Education. Councilman Bryan Thompson made the motion to approve city patrolmen serving as PRO officers. Councilman Ray Anderson seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.
• Approved the purchase of 16 Pall modules for the water plant at a cost of $66,217.92.
• Discussed bids to replace carpeting and tile in areas of city hall including the police department and municipal court. Additional information will be sought from both bidders before a decision is made.
• Discussed summer projects including paving with the pool parking lot, North Street, Hillcrest, Timberline, manholes on Third Avenue and Lee Street, Brent Circle, Linn Circle and shrubbery at the corner of Second Avenue and Sky among areas specifically mentioned.
• Heard that the current sewer project is moving along and will be money well spent.
• Heard a presentation by 10-year-old Kasara Disciullo, who represented Ripley in a recent Nashville pageant, winning the title of World Pre-Teen Miss Tourism 2015.
• Heard that a city pep rally will be held to meet the Viking football team on September 4 on the courthouse lawn.