KEYSER - An agenda item that could place an extra $2.25 on Keyser water customers' bills was tabled Wednesday until the mayor and council can further discuss the proposal.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - An agenda item that could place an extra $2.25 on Keyser water customers’ bills was tabled Wednesday until the mayor and council can further discuss the proposal.
Stated on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting simply as “Ordinance 267 Police Protection Fee,” the proposed ordinance would apparently place a $2.25 fee on customers’ water bills to raise additional revenue for the city’s law enforcement.
Little was said about the proposal Wednesday, except that Karol Ashenfelter suggested it be discussed in an executive session and Sonny Alt suggested setting up a work session.
City administrator Randy Amtower was absent from the meeting, and the officials said they would like to have him in on the conversation about the issue.
A previous discussion during the meeting about some trees that need removed at Mill Meadow Park also prompted a suggestion that the issue be postponed until Amtower returns, and that didn’t sit well with Alt.
“Randy doesn’t run the city, we do,” he said. “Why wait?”
On a motion made by Eric Murphy and seconded by Ashenfelter, the council members did vote to have the trees removed at a cost of $1,600, as they were in danger of causing damage to the Alkire Mansion.
Three of the council members then moved on to their brief discussion of the proposed police protection fee, while Alt and Terry Liller continued to banter back and forth between themselves.
“You make it very hard for me to support you,” Liller told Alt, to which Alt replied, “I don’t care if you support me or not.”
Finally, Ashenfelter asked the two: “Are you guys in this meeting or are you talking?” and all five made the decision to table the discussion of the police fee.
There will be no second meeting in November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.