PHOTO CUTLINE BELOW:   It is estimated that this trouble spot on Van Rufus Drive will require digging down at least 15 feet in order to make necessary repairs.By LEIGH C. MERRIFIELD

News & Journal Editor

Shinnston City Council’s work session was held on October 29th in Council Chambers.  The first to speak was Jackie Ritter of Hope, Inc. who read a proclamation regarding October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The proclamation cited the number of people affected by domestic violence, the fact that many women lose their lives as a result of it, and that children also suffer from witnessing such incidents within their homes.

Interim City Manager Robin Righter reported on the following to Council:

  • Public Works has been patching streets
  • Fizer & Associates, PLLC out of Charleston will be performing the City’s audit
  • Former City Finance Director Scott Fowler pled guilty to embezzlement and will pay full restitution of $8,616.34
  • There has been no new word on the deed of the former G.C. Murphy building
  • Saturday, December 1st is the date of Shinnston’s Christmas Parade and it has been confirmed that Santa Claus will be participating

Council discussed the following items:

Police Chief Jon Harbert had a meeting with the City of Bridgeport and they have two police cruisers for sale.  These cruisers include the complete package with the exception of radios, which the City already has.  They are priced at $4,000 each.

It was noted that one of Shinnston’s cruisers is in disrepair and repair estimates would be that much, so Council was in agreement to proceed with purchasing the two cruisers.  After discussing the matter with WesBanco representatives, they were advised to ask for a little more than they needed as a precaution and only use the excess if needed.  The City can sell their own used cruisers to help compensate for these purchases as well.

October 31st was the deadline to submit applications for the Shinnston City…

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