WILLIAMSON– At a regular meeting of the Williamson City Council Thursday, Feb. 11, council voted to exclude the payment of a bill owed to Color Copy Express for advertising used to promote the recent Williamson Job Fair held at the Fieldhouse, stating that council did not approve for the funds to be spent.
Williamson Mayor, Robert Carlton opened the discussion stating, “We have general fund bills of $100,142.11 needing paid as funds are available. Do we have a motion?”
Councilwoman Sherri Hairston-Brown stated that she had a question concerning the general fund bills. “What is this about Color Copy? Could you explain it to me?”
City Clerk Larry Brown explained the bill stating, “It is the bill for banners for the job fair.”
Hairston- Brown responded stating, “I will make a motion that we pay the general fund bills as money becomes available except for the $327.50.”
Councilman York Smith seconded the motion.
“We have a motion and a second to pay the general fund bills of $100,142.11 all except the bill at Color Copy Express as I understand it for banners used during the recent Williamson Job Fair that council was made aware of at one of the previous council meetings. They have chosen not to pay that bill,” Carlton said.
No discussion followed and the motion was approved unanimously.
Later in the meeting, Shawn Williamson questioned the council concerning the payment of the bill to Color Copy Express. “How come the bill for Color Copy wasn’t approved to be paid? As a person that works there I would like to know.”
Carlton responded stating, “That is a question for me also, Shawn. That was incurred as part of the city job fair. It was a banner that hung over Second Avenue advertising… Apparently, some of the council chooses not to pay that bill this evening. I think it was brought up to the council previously and they consented in general to the helping of the job fair. I think less than $500 in expenses should be paid.”
Councilman Matthew Newsome responded stating, “I think that is the question. There wasn’t any approval for any funds to be spent, Shawn.”
Carlton responded stating, “Well I have a budget in the Mayor’s Office as well… You tell the people why you won’t pay the expenses for the job fair for all these people that are out of work…”
Williamson then asked if the company should rewrite the bill to the Mayor.
Carlton responded, “Yeah, send it to me. I will pay it. I think it is nitpicking by the council. I think they should be held up to public ridicule because of it. I think it is absolutely absurd. That is my opinion on it.”
The next meeting of the Williamson City Council will be held Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at Williamson City Hall.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)