Jenny Scholl thanked Mayor Carolyn Rader and the Ripley City Council on behalf of the Ripley High School tennis team on Tuesday evening during a city council meeting.

Scholl presented Rader with a framed picture from the high school tennis team in appreciation of all the improvements that have been made to the tennis courts in the city park.

“It was a complete surprise,” Rader said. “I am glad they appreciate what has been done and I look forward to seeing the courts put to good use.”

With the project nearing completion and the fencing in its final stages, the team will be able to use the new courts in time for their upcoming season.

In other business:

• Ritchie Gobble with the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department invited the mayor and city council to the RVFD Christmas Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Gobble updated the city on the training and awards received by members of the fire department throughout the year.

• Council approved the minutes of the previous meeting.

• Council voted to approve the financial statements as presented.

• Police Chief Brad Anderson reported he attended the Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition meeting.

• Anderson noted the city’s new officers will be attending the West Virginia State Police Academy beginning April 2019.

• Jim Mitchem said the city is winterizing the water plant.

He noted that the Southern Jackson Public Service District has been using more water than usual. Mitchem suggested better communication is needed from the SJPSD when they know additional water will be used. A meeting has been set up between Mitchem and SJPSD to work on a resolution to the matter.

• Matt Anderson reported West Virginia Paving will begin paving on Dec. 6.

• Doug Skeen stated the camera security system is installed in the city park.

Skeen also reported some adjustments with the Internet, but everything appears to be working well.

• Tom Armstead will attempt to get a representative from the State Treasury Department to visit in January 2019 to go over information on city investments.

• Rader reported on the Christmas parade. Santa’s workshop will be open again on Dec. 22 for the “Twas the night before, the night before, the night before Christmas” festivities.

• Council voted to approve the permanent full-time employment status of Jeff Burton effective Dec. 4.