City Government

A group is working to create a transportation plan for Raleigh and Fayette Counties. The Metropolitan   Planning Organization, or MPO, is working to identify transportation investments needed to move the region forward.

The MPO office is federally and state funded but it’s made up of local governments, business leaders, and others. The group is responsible for long range transportation planning.

Race organizers could soon have to pay fees to the city of Charleston for holding their event within city limits.

The Charleston Gazette reports the city's parks and recreation committee passed a bill outlining rules for the fees last night.

Several racing groups and charity organizations have spoken out against the bill, which calls for fees that range from 500 to a thousand dollars for 5 and 10K racecourses. The bill still needs the approval of city council.

A  series of seminars titled "Fairmont 101" provides citizens there with lessons about the inner workings of running a city.  And the first of a two part series about Chinese Medicinal herbs now used and regulated in Virginia.

http://wvtf.org/post/appalachian-medicinal-herb-growers


Morgantown, Truck
Safe Streets Morgantown / via Facebook

There’s a growing number of people in Morgantown that want the city to do something about the industrial truck traffic moving through downtown. They are making a case to the city council.

Safe Streets Morgantown wants the council to adopt an ordinance essentially banning trucks that weigh 20,000 pounds or more, gross weight, and have three axles or more, from traveling through downtown Morgantown's business district.

Who would be exempted:

Trucks moving merchandise for downtown businesses;

Emergency or Military Vehicles;

Governmental Vehicles;

Huntington officials announced yesterday morning a major redesign of the website for the city.

Mayor Steve Williams and Huntington officials felt it was time to change an outdated part of the city, the website. Huntington’s digital presence had fallen behind, according to city leaders. Williams said they had to make a better first impression.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Martinsburg's gun ordinances are now in compliance with a new state law..

One area of Huntington will soon see demolition and construction that could go a long way towards changing the city’s reputation.

The trial of a Virginia man charged with killing the mayor of War is underway in McDowell County Circuit Court.

The defendant is 28-year-old Earl Click of Grundy, Va.

Click is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 72-year-old War Mayor Thomas Hatcher.

 
City workers found Hatcher's body in his home on July 17, 2012.

 
Click's sister and co-defendant, 32-year-old Rebecca Hatcher, was acquitted of a murder charge in November. Judge Rudolph J. Murensky II declared a mistrial on a conspiracy charge. A retrial is scheduled next month.