MITCHELL HEIGHTS, W.Va. — Jeff Valet knows a lot about municipal budgets. The head of Valet Associates currently serves the towns of Mitchell Heights, Man and Logan as their accountant and budgetary issues were discussed at the former on Jan. 23, where Valet informed the council that in the month of December the town’s income was a disappointment at best.
Valet said the winter revenues in the small municipality were down somewhat over the holiday season.
“We are at the mid point of the fiscal year,” Valet said adding he felt some adjustments to the budget needed to be made. “We are ready to work on the budget, which needs to be passed in March.”
Valet said the town’s income in December “was crummy.”
“We brought in all of $3,000… $1,000 of that was came from the Lottery. Hopefully we will make another deposit before the end of the month.”
Valet said the city was lagging behind it’s $124,000.00 budget, adding “Expenses were close to what we budgeted. Having a three payday month in December did not help. Our payroll was higher and we got our PEIA (Public Employee Insurance Agency) premiums early too.”
Councilmember Terri Rodighiero noted that was somewhat normal as many families spent more than discretionary income for the Christmas season.
Valet said Mitchell Heights Police Officers had patrolled 275 hours in December as well.
“I was thankful we had that level of coverage at that time of the year,” Mayor James “Cliff” Motes said.
Valet said collection of garbage fees was down too and that the town would have to adress that issue as well.
Council members discussed complaints about traffic issues and speeding through town. Motes said he felt since Mitchell Heights was a residential community the 45 miles per hour speed limit in the town should be lowered.
Councilmembers also discussed the idea of lowering the town’s speed limite from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour.
Councilmember Terri Rodigheiro said that idea had been floated once before and did not go through.
“The long and short of it was that it had to be done by the state road,” she said, adding that at that time not everybody in the council was in agreement on the matter.
Tim Ragland agreed, saying he felt it should be lowered to 35 miles per hour.
“Who do we need to talk to?” Mayor Motes asked, saying he wwanted to petition the state about lowering the speed limit through the town.
Joe Lyall of the Mitchell Heights Police Department said that there was an issue with vehicles that had safety issues that he felt needed to be adressed as well. He noted that he saw vehicles which had defective equipment such as headlights and brake lights which were out which could also be safety problems.
“I respect your judgement,” Mayor Motes said. “It is at your discretion,” he added saying Lyall should begin pulling people over if they are in violation of the laws.
Motes said he had also heard positive feedback about the town’s Facebook page and discussed social media.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer for Civitas Media and a former reporter for the Logan Banner.