Members of Moundsville City Council had high praise for the work Mayor Eugene Saunders and Vice Mayor David Wood have done in the past year, and during Tuesday night's meeting expressed their appreciation by unanimously re-electing both to one year terms.
K. Mark Simms, a former mayor, said Saunders has been very visual in the community during his first year as mayor, adding that he had received many compliments on the work Saunders has done and that residents are pleased that Saunders is writing a monthly newspaper column explaining council issues.
"I have never received any compliant about the mayor," Simms said.
Wood, who is also a former mayor, said Saunders, "runs council meetings very well.''
Both Saunders and Wood expressed thanks to their fellow council members for the nominations.
Simms also complimented the work of City Manager Deanna Hess, saying there is harmony in the city departments.
"Deanna is stern in carrying out her duties, and is a caring individual," he said.
Both Saunders and Hess said they are looking forward to 2014.
In other matters, Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt expressed thanks to Police Chief Thomas Mitchell and members of his department for giving their time on behalf of the Kids, Cops and Christmas program, which took place Sunday at Walmart. Mitchell said the program was carried out by members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.
"The officers enjoyed meeting and talking to the 73 youngsters and their parents," Mitchell said.
Council also passed on second and final reading the amendment of an ordinance dealing with parking between the curb and sidewalk throughout the city.
"The main reason for such an ordinance to keep individuals from parking in an area where there are underground utility lines," Mitchell said.
Council tabled on the second reading an ordinance pertaining to Section 731 of the city code concerning pawnbrokers. Council will make minor changes to the issue before considering it again. Mike Pierson, owner of Treasure Chest, originally had a different interpretation of the ordinance than what was presented to council. He thanked council and Mitchell for seeking to clarify the ordinance.