KEYSER — The Keyser mayor and council on Monday will discuss a variety of topics ranging from rental fees for their parks and pavilions to the replacement of the fire hall at the intersection of Mineral and Center streets.

Although rumors had been circulating over the past few days that the officials might consider making an appointment to the third council seat Monday, City Administrator Deborah Pamepinto said the topic is not on the agenda for the regular meeting.

If no appointment is made to fill the vacancy created by George Chidester’s resignation Aug. 27, city voters will cast their ballots for a replacement when they go to the polls later this year.

Among the items are on the agenda is the replacement of Fire Station No. 1, which is owned by the city and will be razed when the West Virginia Department of Transportation replaces Memorial Bridge with a new span just east of the existing bridge.

The DOT is in the process of purchasing properties to be displaced by the new bridge, and has said the estimated $39 million project “will require the relocation of 17 residences and 11 businesses.”

Related to the future of the fire hall is the possible sale of the parking lot adjacent to the fire hall, which is another item on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

Other items on the agenda include the second reading of the ordinance agreeing to work with the Mineral County Street Mapping and Addressing program; a possible soapbox derby to be held in conjunction with the Fourth of July celebration; the Friday Night Live music programs; and Allegany Mountain House.

The meeting gets under way at 2:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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