Suzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nAt its regular meeting September 8, Durbin Town Council discussed the ongoing struggle to collect past due bills from residents in the town.\r\n\r\nDuring the discussion, resident Thelma Smith asked council to go into executive session to discuss a billing issue. After a half-hour discussion, the council returned to the regular meeting and councilmember Shelia Varner made a motion to dismiss a past due balance and any new balance for a building in the town.\r\n\r\nWhen treasurer Donald Peck asked why the bill would be dropped, mayor Kenneth Lehman explained the council\u2019s decision.\r\n\r\n\u201cReason being our own building code, Donald,\u201d Lehman said. \u201cThe building code states under Section D, Number 1, inadequate sanitation which shall include but not be limited to the following \u2013 lack of proper water closet, lavatory, bathtubs, shower, lack of proper kitchen sink, lack of hot and cold running water and plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn citing the code, Lehman stated the building in question is a sound building, but it is not a dwelling and is not used as a dwelling. The code states that the town cannot charge water and sewer for a building which does not use the services.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe building is sound,\u201d Lehman said. \u201cIt is not a dwelling unit. It does not have electricity. There\u2019s no water connected to it. There\u2019s no sewer connected to it. It\u2019s being used as a storage facility and not a dwelling unit.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen Peck tried to further press the issue, Lehman said it is a council decision.\r\n\r\n\u201cDonald, if you want to be a part of this council, you should\u2019ve run for council, mayor or something else,\u201d Lehman said. \u201cYou need to be the treasurer if that\u2019s what you\u2019re going to be.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe motion passed with three votes for, one opposed and one abstention.\r\n\r\nIn updates:\r\n\r\n\u2022 Durbin librarian Nancy Egan addressed the council with several concerns regarding signage around the new Durbin Community Library facility. She said the route signs are blocking the view of the library and she requested the town install two more No Parking signs in front of the library to deter individuals from blocking the front of the building.\r\n\r\nCouncilmember Mark Smith told Egan the West Virginia Department of Highways is in control of the route signs and not the council.\r\n\r\nLehman said he would contact the DOH and ask if the signs could be repositioned. He will ask about more No Parking signs, as well.\r\n\r\nEgan added that she would post a copy of the meeting agendas at the library in order to keep the town informed.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Durbin Ice Cream Depot owners Pam and David Vanorsdale reported on a new event they plan to sponsor for the town.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe want to do a pumpkin patch across the road at the campground,\u201d Pam said. \u201cMark Kane has already told us we can do whatever we want to do over there. We want to do things for the kids, and we wanted to let you know what are plans are.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe pumpkin patch will be open October 10, 17, 24 and 31. Pam said they plan to have activities for visitors as well as a chance to find a pumpkin to take home. She is currently looking for vendors for arts and crafts, face painting and other activities.\r\n\r\nEach day will have a special activity, as well, with the final day, Halloween, having Trunk or Treat for the children from 2 to 4 p.m.\r\n\r\nAll funds raised during the events will be used for a secret Santa Shop for children.\r\n\r\nFor more information on the event, look for a story in next week\u2019s edition of The Pocahontas Times.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Council approved to hire Judy Fuller as the 2016 Durbin Days Heritage Festival coordinator.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Town worker Bunny Vance updated council on issues in the town. He reported there are several streets signs that need to be replaced, as well as the signs at the lagoon.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Jason Bauserman reported that he is nearly finished with the restoration of the town jail. He invited council to take a tour of the facility to see the finished product.\r\n\r\nDurbin Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the town hall.