NEW HAVEN — New officials were sworn into office at the New Haven council meeting Thursday and learned they have trouble waiting for them from the start.
A series of wastewater deficiencies have been issued against the town by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. In a letter dated June 2 outlining the deficiencies, the town was given 20 days to respond, telling of plans to bring the sewer facility into compliance.
Incoming officials found out at the meeting that the response has not yet been written. Mayor Charles Yonker said the town has asked Chapman Technical Group to compose the response, stating “it is probably going to cost some money.”
The deficiencies were found following an inspection of the sewer plant on May 25. Among them were: primary clarifiers are out of service and have been bypassed with solids escaping the clarifiers; failing to submit written progress reports detailing what has been performed in relation to the implementation and accomplishments of the inflow and infiltration elimination program; and failing to contact the Office of Water Resources emergency notification number regarding an accidental discharge of sewage from the park lift station.
Sworn into office at the meeting were Mayor Jerry Spradling, incumbent Recorder Roberta Hysell, incumbent council member Jim Elias, and new councilmen Matt Gregg, Matt Shell, and Grant Hysell. Councilman George Gibbs was unable to attend due to work.
In other action, the council:
Approved building permits for George White for a roof, and Mike Taylor for a porch;
Heard concerns from outgoing councilman Ken Vickers regarding the low attendance at the swimming pool this year;
Accepted the resignation of Vickers from the town planning commission; and,
Discussed a sink hole on Layne Street, and the need for a stop sign at the junction of Haven Heights and Union Campground Road.
Attending were Mayor Yonker, Recorder Hysell, and council members Elias, Vickers, Smitty Jarrell, Amy Gordon and Jessica Howard. Mayor Yonker expressed his appreciation to the outgoing council members for their willingness to serve the town.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer from Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.