Chester pays tribute to late councilman

CHESTER — Chester Council paid tribute to one of its own during its meeting Monday.

At the conclusion of the meeting, council presented a resolution honoring the service of Fourth Ward Councilman Ed Beaumont, who died May 16 following a brief illness.

Read by Councilman John Woodruff, the resolution recognized Beaumont’s service to the Fourth Ward the past four years, while also expressing its sympathies to Beaumont’s wife Lenora, their four children, seven grandchildren and other family members.

“Ed served for four full years on council and he will be missed by us who serve on council, by the people living in his ward and by the city of Chester,” Woodruff read.

A Steubenville native, Beaumont was a 1968 graduate of Oak Glen High School and previously served as a Hancock County reserve sheriff’s deputy and was a former volunteer firefighter with the New Manchester, Newell and Chester fire departments. He also had been employed with Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort from where he retired.

In other business:

• Council approved receipts and bills for both the general fund and building fund, for business conducted between May 6 and June 2. For the general fund, total revenues amounted to $35,775.19, with expenses totaling $61,648.57. The building fund’s receipts amounted to $1,430, while bills totaled $235.65.

• Council tabled a vote regarding the replacement of trash containers on Main Street. First brought up by local volunteer Dustin Lang, Councilman Mike Dotson informed council the purchase of the new trash cans were too cost-prohibitive and that his group will look into other options to improve the trash containers throughout in the city.

• Council approved a motion to pay a quarterly premium for the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management, amounting to $24,325. The breakdown is $21,337 in liability and $2,988 in property. The city was required to make the payment by June 25 or the insurance for the city would be canceled.

The next council meeting, which also will be the new council’s first meeting as elections are Tuesday, is scheduled 5 p.m. July 2 at Chester City Hall.

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