New Haven looks at updates to charter

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

NEW HAVEN — The need to revise and update the town charter was discussed when the New Haven Town Council held its most recent meeting.

The subject arose when a resident complained about a dog constantly barking next door to her home. It was noted by Police Chief Dave Hardwick that the dog’s owner has been warned, and if the noise continues, a citation will be issued.

The charter needs updated to keep up with ordinances that have been written since the origination of the charter, which was composed over 80 years ago. Council members agreed to begin updating the charter, starting with animal issues.

The police chief also expressed his need for a second car during the meeting. He said at the present time, the silver cruiser has a possible short with wires burning, and the white car has no heater core or fans. No action was taken.

On another police department note, Councilman Grant Hysell said all New Haven officers have qualified on firearms under low light conditions.

Employee Joey Smith reported to council that the new garbage truck ordered must have a drop-down axle in order to legally transport the amount of trash collected to the dump. It was noted the town presently hauls between six and seven tons at a time.

The additional cost, according to West Virginia Tractor, where the truck was ordered, would be approximately $15,000. No action was taken.

In other action, the council:

Approved building permits for Fred Smith, Terry Sparks, John Smith, IV, Jeff Russell, Carl King, and Ralphie Thompson;

Discussed needed repairs to the wastewater plant and the swimming pool, with the pool repairs to being April 1;

Announced J.F. Allen as contractor for the water upgrade project, with work expected to begin Oct. 23;

Announced trick-or-treat for Oct. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m., with a party to follow at the fire station; and,

Gave two employees three days off without pay, following an executive session.

Attending were Mayor Greg Kaylor, Recorder Roberta Hysell, and council members Roy Dale Grimm, George Gibbs, Matt Shell, Steve Carpenter, and Grant Hysell.

The next meeting will be Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

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

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