Public Hearing For Lewisburg Water Rate Increase Explains Infrastructure Needs

By Bobby Bordelon

Nestled in the long agenda of Lewisburg City Council was one item that attracted a crowd of people, the increase of water rates. On Tuesday, May 21, before voting on the ordinance, City Council opened a public hearing, giving a chance for residents and water customers to state their opinion on the increase.

Greg Belcher, with Chapman Technical Group, began the discussion by outlining why the city is considering the rate increase.

"[This is] to support a major capital improvement to the water system, kind of a long-awaited one," Belcher said. "It's a pretty extensive project that involves the source of supply, the water distribution system. ... Our cost estimates are currently sitting at $38 million. At this point the rates are based on borrowing $36.5 million."

Read more in the Thursday, May 23, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewisburg City Council Approves Water Rate Increase

By Bobby Bordelon

City Code, city charter, firefighters, street paving, bids, recycling, arts grants, and zoning filled Lewisburg City Council's regular meeting bingo card of topics on Tuesday, May 21. The packed council room, however, was focused on one ordinance in particular; the raising of water rates throughout the area the city serves.

The increased water rates will go toward a number of projects throughout the city, improving already existing lines and moving pieces of critical infrastructure that bring water into the system upstream from the Greenbrier County Landfill:

Read more in the Wednesday, May 22, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Airport Taking Off With New Updates

By Leah Tuckwiller

The regular meeting of the Greenbrier Valley Airport Authority (GVAA) was held Tuesday, May 21, in the main terminal lobby.

Chariman Lowell Johnson opened the floor to public comment, an invitation accepted by Wendy Snyder, who until recently worked at Landings Restaurant. She addressed the board about her recent termination, which came after the board sought legal advice concerning Wendy Snyder's employment by the airport where her husband, Stephen Snyder, is the airport manager.

Read more in the Wednesday, May 22, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewisburg Candidates Take The Stage

By Bobby Bordelon

Candidates for Lewisburg City Council and mayor for the city gathered in the Cecil H. Underwood Youth Center to discuss a probable water rate increase, economic development, Ordinance 254, and more on Monday, May 20.

The forum, hosted by the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, included candidates from both sides of Lewisburg's election, the Citizen's Party and the People's Party. Mayoral candidates include Mark Carver of the People's Party and Beverly White, current councilmember, of the Citizen's Party. Running for the two open four-year term seats on City Council are Thomas Shannon and Martha Hilton of the People's Party and Sarah Elkins and Ed Johns of the Citizen's Party. Finally, running for a two-year seat on City Council are Donald Joe Taylor of the People's Party and the incumbent Councilmember Arron Seams of the Citizen's Party. Scott Canterbury of Radio Greenbrier moderated the forum.

Read more in the Tuesday, May 21, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

No Education Movement In Special Session

By Leah Tuckwiller

The West Virginia Senate convened Monday afternoon, May 20, in special session originally called to examine education before receiving two amendments by Governor Jim Justice to introduce other issue. Those waiting for education to be discussed, however, may have been disappointed.

Seven bills of the eight introduced by Senate Democrats have been moved to the Senate Committee on Education: Senate Bills 1029, 1030, 1031, 1032, 1033, 1034, and 1035. The remaining bill, SB 1036, which deals with supplementary appropriation of funds for "pilot projects or five years in hospitals and doctor's offices across the state, funding Drug Free Mother Baby projects," was referred to the finance committee.

Read more in the Tuesday, May 21, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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