Whitesville Mayor Freddie Harless addresses maintenance needs on Nov. 14.

WHITESVILLE — The Whitesville Town Council addressed maintenance needs, including a new HVAC unit for town hall, during their regular session on Nov. 14.

Last week’s cold snap, combined with a total lack of heat in the town hall, elevated the issue to emergency status.

“This is something that we have to address tonight,” said Mayor Freddie Harless. “One way or another, this needs to be addressed quickly.”

The work was awarded to West Virginia Heating and Cooling, which came in with a bid of $3,250. The bid wasn’t the lowest of the submissions, but it was the most detailed in reference to the Goodman brand equipment, including a breakdown of labor-related charges.

“I feel comfortable with this because of the detail provided,” said Councilman Matt Lively of the winning bid.

The council also discussed a routine maintenance check on all town equipment, including garbage collection equipment, a police cruiser and maintenance department vehicles.

It was determined that a bimonthly check of all vehicles would be implemented.

A detailed report on town finances showed that Whitesville currently has $36,000 in the general funds account prior to paying routine bills for the month of October.

The town council went into executive session to discuss personnel issues and returned to report that no decisions were made in the session.

The council discussed a successful “Thrill at the Ville” event at Halloween, saying a concert provided to citizens free of charge was deemed a success, despite weather-related challenges. Council members said they intend to sponsor similar events in the future.

Town judge and Councilman Steven Morris presented research regarding the town’s nearly 100-year-old ordinance regarding utility tax, which currently rests at 2%.

“I feel that we need to review the ordinance just to make sure that it doesn’t need to be updated and we need to make sure that we are collecting taxes from utility companies,” he said.

West Virginia state code allows for municipalities to apply up to a 2% tax on utilities provided within city limits.

The Whitesville Town Council will meet again at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 in council chambers at city hall.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.