KEYSER - As newly-elected mayor Damon Tillman presides over his first regularly-scheduled meeting on Wednesday, the Keyser City Council is scheduled to take up two familiar topics - a fireworks ordinance and the swimming pool.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - As newly-elected mayor Damon Tillman presides over his first regularly-scheduled meeting on Wednesday, the Keyser City Council is scheduled to take up two familiar topics - a fireworks ordinance and the swimming pool.
Prior to Tillman and newly-elected council member William Zacot taking office on July 2, the officials in office at the time had once again talked about an ordinance regulating the use of fireworks within the city’s borders.
The discussion actually began last year, when a change in state law which allows all types of fireworks to be detonated in West Virginia brought on a sharp increase in celebrations before, during and after the actual Fourth of July.
The council members received numerous complaints about the noise, and talked about how they could regulate the celebrations.
At that time, their discussion centered around the question of how to determine if something is too noisy, and when the Fourth of July came and went, no action was taken.
This year, as the Fourth drew closer, the officials began receiving complaints again and talked about regulating the use of the fireworks as opposed to trying to determine whether they were too noisy.
Council member Karol Ashenfelter suggested fireworks be banned after 10 p.m., except for the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.
Council member Eric Murphy seconded the motion, which passed 4-0 with one council member absent.
Wednesday, the fireworks ordinance is on the agenda under “Unfinished Business.”
Under “New Business” are the new mayor’s appointments and an item listed as “issues with pool.”
All newly-elected mayors are required by the city charter to appoint each council member as a commissioner of streets, water distribution, water treatment, parks and recreation or wastewater treatment, in addition to the city administrator, chief of police, and supervisor of each department.
The council must then vote to approve those appointments.
Tillman already appointed a new police chief during the special meeting called for July 2. His pick, Thomas Golden, was approved 4-0 by the council and is already on the job.
Of the remaining positions the mayor is to appoint, the city administrator’s post is the only position vacant at this time.
No explanation was given on the agenda item dealing with the pool.
The meeting gets underway at 4:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to address the mayor and council is being asked to sign up to speak prior to the start of the meeting. Speakers will be limited to five minutes each.