SISTERSVILLE - In a 3-2 vote at its May 13 meeting, the Sistersville City Council approved Bill Schleier as a councilman. He fills the 4th Ward position formerly seated by Dave Dietrich, whose resignation due to his move to Friendly, was accepted prior to Schleier's appointment.
Given Schleier's position on the Ferry Board and his marriage to City Recorder-Treasurer Julie Schleier, some councilmen were uncertain about the appointment. Mayor David Fox stated, in the past, council members have worked for the city while also serving as effective representatives.
City Attorney Carolyn Flannery described the appointment of council members as a process that may vary from one municipality to another.
"In your ordinance book, there should be a provision that says how you replace council people who have resigned," she said. "A lot of time it is brought to the council one way or another and the council votes on it."
"We've had to replace council members multiple times," said Fox. "This is the procedure we've always used."
In favor of Schleier's appointment, Councilman Colin Marrin noted his consistent presence at council meetings.
"I think he shows the interest in it," he said. "I think he'd do a good job at it."
"One thing you could probably count on is he'd be here at every meeting," added Fox.
While Schleier's appointment fills one gap, there is still a council position to be filled in the First Ward.
The council approved Rachel Marrin to begin constructing a city of Sistersville website.
City Clerk-Treasurer Julie Schleier described possible attributes of the site, including a council page where they can post minutes and list ordinances, a city page about Sistersville and its history, a section for park and pool information and hours, the cost of facility rentals, upcoming annual events, a listing of different board meetings, and a secure route for online water bill payment.
She also discussed the possibility of merchants listing their businesses or services on the site. For approximately $100 a year, a merchant would be able to display a picture, description and address and phone listing; there would also be a few options for either no fee or a small fee.
Chief of Police Ben Placer brought forth buying options for two new police cruisers, one of which would come fully equipped for patrol. Citing the monthly cost of repairs going into their current police cruisers, the council came to a unanimous decision that it would be cost effective to purchase the new vehicles.
Placer also discussed plans for a bridge dedication ceremony for Brg. Gen. Timothy C. Barrick. It will take place on May 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the bridge site, between the Route 2 and Route 18 convergence and the entrance to the Sistersville Country Club. Signs are already in place, and Delegate Roger Romine, Sen. Jeff Kessler and Sen. Larry Edgell will be present.
The American Legion Honor Guard will also be involved in the ceremony.
In other news, the council approved adding Eric Peters, John Moore and Aaron Foltz to the Ferry Board.