TOWN OF ALDERSONPOST OFFICE BOX 179CITY BUILDING—202 SOUTH MONROE STREETALDERSON, WEST VIRGINIA 24910TELEPHONE (304) 445-2916NEWS RELEASE - 5-22-2017
Contact: Mayor Travis Copenhaver 304-445-2916 / Margaret Hambrick 304-646-2439
Updates On Specialty Vehicles, Early Voting, And Municipal Levy.The town has amended the Municipal Code to allow for citizens and visitors to license ATVs, RTVs, UTVs, and golf carts to ride on town streets. These vehicles have special stipulations on areas of travel, time, and licensing. A copy of the ordinance may be picked up at city hall. Please be cautious of these vehicles as you travel on town streets. They are permitted to cross the Memorial Bridge only to get back and forth from one side of town to the other. The poles and chains will be changed very soon to accommodate their passage.Official voting hours and early voting are as follows:Early voting will begin on 5/30/17 from 7:30am-5:30pm Tuesday through Friday with the clerks as in the past. This will end on June 8th.There will be one Saturday early voting day. That is June 3rd from 9:00am-5:00pm.The municipal election is June 13. The polling place is city hall and it will be open from 6:30am-7:30pm. On this day, front operations of city hall will be closed.On the ballot for the election is the continuation of the municipal levy. The levy currently in place is set to expire June 30, 2017. This is NOT A NEW TAX OR FEE. This is a continuation of the levy is at the current rate as follows:Class 1 - 6.25 cents per $100.Class 2 - 12.50 cents per $100.Class 3 - if any - 25 cents per $100.Class 4 - 25 cents per $100.The levy revenue over the four year period is projected to be $167,020.00 or ($41,755 a year). The funds are used to pay for street lighting, repairs, surfacing, maintenance, paving, re-paving, draining, grading, marking, and other needs for general operation of the streets, alleyways, sidewalks, bridges, street drains, and public ways of the Town of Alderson.Just to give you an idea of some costs: the street lights we have in place now cost $22,800 a year to provide. Deduct that from the yearly revenue and that leave $18,955 for other general repairs, costs, mowing, snow removal, and street operations. It cost the town $88,000 after the flood to clean out just the affected storm drains.To do any patching generally costs about $2,000 each time. By buying our own paving equipment it helps us get the most out of or money, asphalt is about $75/ton this year. We expect to need at least 100 ton for projects this year. Possibly more depending on weather and other unforeseen events.Please vote yes for the continuation of the levy.