New Haven looks at equipment repair

NEW HAVEN — The constant need for repairs on town equipment was discussed when members of the New Haven Town Council held their most recent meeting.

The latest repair needed is on the Husqvarna riding mower. An estimate was presented to the council in the amount of $518. No vote was taken on the repair.

Councilman Matt Gregg, who filled in at the meeting in the absence of the mayor and recorder, stated the council needs to hold a work session to discuss the use and possible misuse of equipment. He said employees should have a written standard of operating procedures. It was noted that in the past, employees had to sign out equipment, noting anything that was broken when returned.

Also during the meeting, Police Chief Dave Hardwick said a full-time officer has accepted another position within the county, but would like to remain in New Haven part-time one day a week. The chief said he will be advertising for a full-time officer. Council members said they prefer someone who is already certified.

Hardwick also told members of the department’s need for an additional vehicle. He said he found a Chevrolet Caprice police edition for $5,000. No action was taken.

Resident Clyde Weaver, under the Freedom of Information Act, requested the amount in the streets account that is assessed each month on the water bills. He said it is a $2 repaving fee that is collected each month, but since the last administration, has been placed into the combined general fund. He said he would like to see the fee placed back on the water bill as a line item.

In other action, the council:

Issued a building permit to Robert Desjardins to replace windows;

Answered a question posed by Elnora Weaver that the town is close to obtaining all needed resident easements for the water project; and,

Heard a report that the West Virginia Gold Star Mothers will be holding a ceremony Saturday at 1 p.m. in the town park to raise a new flag.

Attending were Gregg, and council members George Gibbs, Grant Hysell, and Jim Elias.

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By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at