On Wednesday, May 13 Steve Smith resigned as the mayor of New Haven.
According to Recorder Janet May, Smith brought in his letter of resignation on May 13 following the May 12 council meeting. Reasons for Smith’s resignation were unknown as of press time.
As recorder, May is required to fulfill the mayor’s duties until a new mayor is appointed.
“(Council) will be appointing a mayor to finish out the term which ends in June 2010,” May said, adding that council will decide when they can appoint a new mayor later this week.
Smith was currently serving his fourth term as mayor, and ran unopposed during the town’s 2008 municipal election. Prior to being mayor, Smith served on council.
Smith was unavailable for comment as of press time.
Whoever is appointed mayor will have a variety of on-going projects to oversee, including the town’s sewer project. During the May 12 council meeting Jack Ramsey of Triad Engineering Inc., reported that the project’s plant drawings are complete and that the collection system design should be ready by the end of the month. Specifications for the project are 98 percent complete, and the project is expected to be submitted to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) by the end of the month.
According to Ramsey, the project could go to bid as early as September or October if plans stay on schedule. The town also is eligible for stimulus money to help fund the project.
Additional projects taking place in town include paving the streets and possibly implementing a neighborhood watch program.
The next council meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26.