CHESTER - The city has been a bit safer recently thanks to a New Cumberland police officer who has begun to work part time patrolling the city's streets.
Jeremy Krzys, a lieutenant with the New Cumberland Police Department, has been hired for one of at least three part-time positions the Chester Police Department had open.
"He has been doing a fine job for us," said Elaine Hyatt from the Chester Police Department. "We really appreciate him."
According to Hyatt, the police department is currently in the process of adding another part-time officer for the city.
In other city business, Brian Handley, spokesman for the Chester Volunteer Fire Department, reported at Monday's City Council meeting that the CVFD has responded to 55 calls to date this year.
"We've been extremely busy," said Handley.
Handley said the department also installed around 10,000 new connectors on fire hydrants throughout the city, which will make the process of connecting fire hoses to hydrants much quicker.
The CVFD also sold a large number of its Fall Bash tickets, which went on sale a few weeks ago.
"We've already sold over half of our Fall Bash tickets in a little over three weeks," said Handley.
The Fall Bash is a fundraising event for the fire department. The proceeds from the event bring in the majority of the CVFD's funding.
Also Monday, Chester Mayor Ken Morris discussed the city's new website, constructed by Councilman Dennis Murray.
"Dennis has done an excellent job with the site," said Morris. "It looks excellent."
The address for the city's website is www.chester-wv.us.
Morris added the city's business recognition dinner was a success and well-received by local business owners. With almost 100 people in attendance, Morris said he was pleased with the outcome.
"It turned out to be pretty nice," said Morris.
The next regular meeting of the council is set for 6 p.m. April 30.