IRON GATE — Iron Gate Town Council held its regular March meeting Thursday evening.

After an innovation by the Rev. David Hanks of the Iron Gate Baptist Church and the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Chuck Unroe opened the meeting by asking for a motion to add two items to the agenda.

Unroe added the one estimate received to add a bathroom for the Public Works Department under old business and a vote on the contract under new business.  

Council later voted unanimously to award the contract to C.T. Wolfe Construction Company of Clifton Forge.  

Four estimates were sought but only one responded in the affirmative.  C.T. Wolfe Construction will be paid the $18,000 through original CARES Act funding.   

During his Mayor’s Report, Unroe designated April as clean up month.  

“A dump trailer will be at different locations each weekend,” he said.  

Unroe further explained that tires, appliances and metal were not be placed in the dump. 

Councilwoman Ashley Nicely clarified that no tires or appliances could be placed in the trailer.  Appliances and metal will be picked up on a different day and at a different time. 

Unroe also talked about an ongoing problem in town involving feral cats.  

“Our authority is limited,” said Unroe. “We are working closely with and under the umbrella of Alleghany County, where there is no cat ordinance.”  

He further explained, “We haven’t been able to find any assistance or trap, neuter and return programs at this time.  We are aware of it. We sympathize with you. 

“Be patient and understand our hands are tied,” said Unroe in conclusion.

Unroe reported that “a second round of COVID relief money is coming and each locality will get its own pot of money.” 

The money will not have to allocated through Alleghany County.

In other action, council:

— approved the minutes from the regular meeting held on Feb. 25 and the work session on March 15 as recorded;

— approved receipts, disbursements and the payment of bills, as presented; 

— scheduled the next work session for March 15 and the next council meeting on March 25;

— scheduled the first budget work session for Monday at 6 p.m. in council chambers;

— approved a nuisance property at 503 5th Street to be turned over for enforcement, after numerous discussions and complaints; 

— moved to declare a 1976 fire truck as surplus. 

“The motor on the fire truck has blown up,” said Unroe; and,

— Moved to open the river park on April 1. 

“I hope we have as good a season as we did last year,” said Unroe.