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Whitesville councilwoman Kim Dillon hears a presentation during a regular session meeting on Sept. 9.

WHITESVILLE — The Whitesville Town Council voted unanimously to terminate the employment of Police Chief Andrew White.

After an executive session, the council returned to open session and addressed attendees.

“I want to make a motion to terminate the employment of Andrew White, effective immediately,” said councilman and town judge Steven Morris.

The motion received a second from councilwoman Kim Dillon.

Regarding the change of direction within the police department, Councilman Matt Lively said he would speak to the Coal Valley News on the subject once exit paperwork was completed for White.

In related Town of Whitesville business, the council moved to hire certified police officer Brian Dotson.

In unrelated business, the council discussed raising the user fee within the town from $19 monthly to $25 monthly. The fee contributes to police protection costs, among other town expenses, and provides twice-weekly garbage collection for residents.

Comparatively, neighboring Sylvester imposes a $25 fee, which does not include garbage collection.

“I feel this is justified because we are providing consistent service,” said Morris. “Four years ago I was against it, because we had work to do to provide consistent service.”

After a brief discussion, the council concluded that the discussion and perhaps a vote will take place during their October meeting.

The council moved to donate two passenger vehicles to the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department that are no longer in the town’s fleet because of mechanical issues related to high mileage.

As members of the fire department, Lively and Councilman Dustin Seanze recused themselves from the discussion and motion; the remaining council voted unanimously.

Lively added that the vehicles would be used for training purposes and for related projects before they would be salvaged.

Community organizers are selling sponsorships for a project that will honor men and women who have worked in the coal mining industry. The display will hang in the town’s Salami (community) Building. The tags for the display cost $15 each and include name, place of employment and years of service.

Interested sponsors can contact Sue Pauley at 304-854-2846, Betty Ann Williams at 304-837-4661 or Sandy Armstrong at 304-854-2249 or contact them via Facebook.

Organizers chose to cancel the town’s annual fall festival, and a decision regarding the Halloween themed “Thrill in the Ville” will be made in the coming weeks, according to those organizers.

Whitesville City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the council’s chambers at 39140 Coal River Road. Call 304-854-2658.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.

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