During Tuesday’s virtual meeting, which began at 6:30 p.m. on November 24, the Beckley Common Council passed a proposed bond ordinance and discussed old business.
One of the first issues the mayor mentioned was the ordinance authorizing the refunding of outstanding stormwater revenue bonds, series 2010 A through the issuance of stormwater refunding revenue bonds, series 2020 A of the city in the aggregate principal amount of not more than $1,350,000.
According to the council, the ordinance would use bond money to refund payments being made by the Beckley Sanitary Board, ultimately lowering costs for the consumer.
No comments were made by the public, who were given a chance to share their opinions.
Council members Dunlap and Bullock approved the motion to pass the bond. All other council members agreed. This was the third and final mention of the ordinance.
“This bond is important because we are using bond money not the cities or taxpayers to be able to help with these expenses,” said Councilman Cody Reedy.
“At the end of the day, it helps keep costs down for the consumer using state funds that we don’t have to pull out.”
Another issue brought up during Tuesday’s meeting was the closure of New River Drive.
When asked by Tom Sopher Council for Ward 1 when the road would reopen, Beckley City Mayor Rob Rappold said he hopes to begin demolition and begin putting in the culvert next week. This puts the road reopening toward the middle to end of December.
Cody Reedy brought up the final point in old business, the date of Carpenter’s Corner zoning meeting.
Prior to COVID, Carpenter’s Corner scheduled to have a zoning meeting regarding their want to move into the old Tudor’s Biscuit World in Mabscott.
The meeting was postponed and has yet to be rescheduled.
Reedy shared the reasoning for the continued postponement stating that the meeting will not resume until social guidelines are no longer enforced, as there aren’t any council chambers large enough to hold the large crowd.
The next Beckley Common Council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 8, 2020.