KEYSER - With only the mayor and two council members showing up for last week's work session to discuss the budget and a possible hike in residential fire fees, the fees are back on the agenda for this week's regularly scheduled meeting.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - With only the mayor and two council members showing up for last week’s work session to discuss the budget and a possible hike in residential fire fees, the fees are back on the agenda for this week’s regularly scheduled meeting.
The council had scheduled the work session for Feb. 6, with finance commissioner Mike Ryan planning to present a draft of the 2019-2020 budget to his fellow council members.
Only Ryan and council member Terry Liller showed up to the work session, however, along with mayor Damon Tillman.
“This is really discouraging,” Tillman commented.
Ryan presented Tillman and Liller with a copy of the draft budget, noting that it has to be approved by the council and submitted to the state by the end of March.
As for the fire fee, it was placed back on the agenda for discussion during Wednesday’s regular meeting.
The idea for increasing the residential fire fee by $1 had come up during the council’s Jan. 23 meeting, when the officials were approached about the possibility of purchasing a pumper truck for the fire department. Last week, Ryan noted that the city still has two payments left on the department’s ladder truck, saying, “We’re got to get that paid off.”
Other items on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting:  
 - Hosting an open house at City Hall
 - The proposal to contract with Ralph Rice as a grant writer
 - Jim Nelson, who operates a concrete business and “wants to offer his expertise to the city”
 - Recycling discussion - Apple Valley Waste
 - Bingo/raffle license
 - Save the Pool Committee
 - Comcast city phone system proposal
 - Personnel and possible executive session
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of City Hall.