CARPENDALE – Residents using cloth towels for toilet paper have damaged the Carpendale sewer pump.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – Residents using cloth towels for toilet paper have damaged the Carpendale sewer pump.
“Instead of using toilet paper they cut towels up and put them in the sewer. The towels were ground up and shorted out the pump,” said mayor Casey Lambert of the incident which occurred last week.
Residents are urged not to put anything other than toilet paper down the system, as shop rags, paper towels, fats, oils and grease, facial tissues, baby wipes, flushable wipes, diapers, training pants and underwear, kitty litter, food and sanitary/hygiene products all can cause damage to the pumps.
“You can’t flush these down the toilet. It’s ruining our sewer system pumps. The town has already had to replace one,” said the notice on the Carpendale Town Hall Facebook page urging residents to stop.
In other business, due to COVID-19 and required social distancing the town has announced plans to cancel the annual Knobley Tunnel Day previously scheduled for West Virginia Day June 20.
Lambert explained that due to uncertainty of what the coming weeks and months hold vendors can’t make commitments.
With the April town meeting cancelled and several items of importance coming up, the council will hold a work session with the candidates on the upcoming ballot at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Lambert advised that due to social distancing and the size of the council chamber only permitting about 10 people, it is hoped that only the current council and candidates will attend.
One issue coming up in June is the renewal of the contract for police service with the Town of Ridgeley.