The Philippi City Council addressed the items on its regular agenda before making accommodations to listen to a physically handicapped man, Earlie Delaney, outside of council chambers during its regular meeting this week.
Delaney, who lost a leg to diabetes years prior, could not access the chambers located on the second floor of Philippi City Hall because the building's chair lift has not yet been approved for use, and the building lacks an elevator.
Mayor Jerry Mouser told Delaney he had three minutes to speak before the meeting was adjourned as members of council and the public piled into a small waiting room on the first floor of City Hall. Delaney read a written statement about issues he has with his sister's, Debra Delaney's, neighbor. No motion was made by council regarding Delaney's presentation.
Last month, Delaney protested Philippi City Hall's lack of an operating elevator or any other working device to make the second-floor council chambers more accessible to the handicapped public by crawling up two flights of stairs to the second-floor council chambers for a meeting.
In other business:
- A resolution was unanimously approved authorizing Philippi City Manager Karen Weaver the ability to represent the city of Philippi and sign required documents related to the planning and design of the wastewater treatment plant project. Weaver explained the appointment of a representative was required by one of the lending agencies involved in the project's funding. She ensured council that everything related to the project would be presented to council before she signed off on the work.
Council approved the drawdown of $538,130.84 for the water treatment plant project.
- Council approved giving all city employees, both part-time and full-time, year-end incentives.
"At the end of the year we usually like to take care of our employees, both full-time and part-time," Councilman Jeff Allen said. The year-end incentives will be determined based on the end of the year financial adjustment, Weaver said.
- Philippi resident Delane McDaniel spoke to council about installing speed bumps on the road of his residence, Dayton Park Road.
McDaniel said, "Some people come down off that hill and come down around the turn pretty fast."
McDaniel said he is concerned for the children that live and play along Dayton Park Road. Mayor Jerry Mouser told McDaniel that council would look into the issue, but he said expert opinion would be sought on the matter because speed bumps are sometimes troublesome to snow plows.
The next Philippi City Council Meeting will be held Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor of City Hall.