Paving projects projected to begin Sept. 14

Suzette Lowe
Jackson Newspapers

Residents of several streets in Ripley will be pleased to know they will soon be seeing re-paving being done.

At the Sept. 1 meeting of the Ripley City Council, two bids were considered for work on Cedar Ridge, Mountaineer lane, Clearview Lane, and Third Avenue. With a bid of $88,750, West Virginia Paving, Inc. was awarded the job. The only other bidder, Kelly Paving, submitted a bid for $125,500. The work is scheduled to begin Sept. 14 with a targeted completion date of Oct. 30. 

Completion of the ongoing Mill Creek dam project is expected to be Sept. 11. Mayor Carolyn Rader said work has progressed very well, resulting in substantial completion being done two days sooner than expected.  

Rader informed council that landowner Ingrid Lee has been very cooperative in the dam process. The Ripley resident allowed the city to put an access road on her property at no cost to the city. 

“She’s been more than a good neighbor,” said the mayor.  

With the impact of census data on government funding for programs such as healthcare, law enforcement, and highways, Rader stressed the importance of census response. 

“Jackson County is running out of time,” she said. “We need to encourage our citizens to respond.” 

Council suggested using the Nixle alert system to encourage participation either through self-response or by way of census takers which are currently in the county. The deadline to response to the census is Sept. 30, 2020. 

A new parking attendant was hired by the city. Cheryl Crawford, who will begin work on Sept. 2, was a former police officer in Charleston, South Carolina.  

In recommending Crawford for the position, City Police Chief Brad Anderson said, “No one else could fit this job better.” 

In other matters, council members Carolyn Waybright, John McGinley, Danny Martin, Rick Buckley, Bryan Thompson, and City Recorder David Casto: 

• Voted for non-participation in the Payroll Tax Deferral program 

• Heard that water plant cameras are installed and working 

• Heard that Pittsburgh Tank & Tower will begin work on the water tank in Evans on Sept. 8 

• Learned that the splash pad will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. until the weather is too cool, but the pool closed Aug. 30 

• Learned People for Bikes will present ideas at the next council meeting regarding a possible bike trail in Ripley 

• Learned that Ripley Baptist Temple will host its annual 9/11 service at noon on the courthouse lawn 

Council adjourned into executive closed-door session at 7:48 p.m. to consider a legal matter. No action was taken. 

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sept.15 at the Municipal Building.