KEYSER - An angry city resident told the Keyser City Council this week he had been treated with disrespect and was asked to leave the city office during a recent visit in regard to his water bill.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - An angry city resident told the Keyser City Council this week he had been treated with disrespect and was asked to leave the city office during a recent visit in regard to his water bill.
According to Cleveland Christmas, who appeared before the council during their regular meeting Wednesday, he had a disagreement with city clerk Brandi Paugh, who called the city police to have him escorted from the office.
“I am a law-abiding citizen. I am legitimate. I pay my water bill, I pay my taxes, but I don’t deserve being escorted out of City Hall over a water bill,” he said.
“I have a right to ask for her superior,” he said of Paugh, who at one point left the council chambers.
Saying the officer who responded to the city office that day pushed him out of the office, Christmas said the officer “told me ‘step over here,’ ‘step over there.’ Everything he said to me I did.
“There’s nothing wrong with my brain. I’ve very intelligent. I don’t deserve this,” he said, walking back and forth.
Council member Jen Junkins asked Christmas what the issue was that he had wanted to discuss during his visit.
“You had an issue with City Hall, so what do you want us to help you with? What do you want us to do now?” she asked.
“You don’t hear my issue? I want you to listen.” he said, seeming to become more agitated. “Why are you in such a hurry? There ain’t nobody else out here,” he said, waving his hand around the mostly empty council chambers. “Why are you so anxious to get rid of me?”
“We’re not,” Junkins replied.
“Well, if what you wanted to do was aggravate me, you’ve done it,“ he said.
At one point, council member Terry Liller reminded him he had approximately two more minutes left to speak, and Christmas replied that he was done and left the room.
No further comment was made on the issue.