Government, Preston County

Troopers to contract with city

KINGWOOD — State Police will soon work eight-hour shifts for the city on weekends.

Kingwood City Council members said the troopers will begin as soon as the paperwork is completed.

 Part-time officer Doug Montague, who retires from another job in January, wants to come on board full time after his retirement. Montague now works 12 hours per week.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, council members discussed putting a piece of property next to  Vapor Hut on South Price Street up for bid.

Councilman Mike Lipscomb said they might want to advertise the property in local newspapers before putting it on an auction site.

Councilman Dick Shaffer suggested turning the piece of property into a veterans park.

Other business:

  • Lipscomb said the Kingwood website needs photos and content. He said the slider could contain photos of recent events.
  • No action was taken on a discussion about the need for employee evaluations.
    “We discussed hiring an outside HR service,” Lipscomb said. “We need to get more information about this.”
  • Guillot said the Board of Education recently approved turning its eight to 10% of South Price Street over to the city. The section of street runs from the intersection with Brown Avenue to the pool.
    At an earlier meeting Council voted to accept the portion of the street owned by the Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Council received only one response to the five letters sent out to owners of condemned buildings.
    The letters gave the owners until Friday to respond.
    Guillot said the letter sent to the owner of Sweet Annie’s was not picked up.
    Lipscomb said the owner of the burned-out building near the recycle building is going to rebuild it and clean up around it.