WILLIAMSON – At regular meeting of the Williamson City Council held Thursday, March 24, updates were provided concerning drain and street repairs at Vinson Street.
Councilwoman Sherri Hairston-Brown approached the subject concerning repairs on Vinson Street. “I talked to Justin (Delegate Marcum) today and Justin can you come up here?”
Marcum approached the council stating, “We all know this is a huge issue. Mrs. Brown and I have been working on it. The state road is what it is. They are one of the most frustrating state agencies to deal with. The blame game has started and that is where we are at. They told me they were going to get some state engineers out here to look at it. That has been a month and a half ago… They have yet to show up. I don’t know the status. I have called all day today, and I apologize… We have to stay after them.”
According to Marcum, citizen complaints with the state road would be beneficial to promote action in solving the problem. “Citizen’s complaints with the state road are one of the best things we can do. This is a point where the state road is not doing their job. We have been putting the heat on them… I am frustrated with the lack of response from the state,” Marcum explained.
Marcum continued, explaining the process involved with filing a complaint. “You can directly file a complaint. I encourage everyone to go to the state road website and file a citizen’s complaint in regards to the issues. It is clearly the states fault.” Marcum stated.
The discussion continued with Marcum stating that more local control is needed over state roadways. “The guys in Huntington are who we go to. York (Councilman Smith) knows about it. That is who I go to. They have been very cooperative and helpful but on the same token, we need more local control of the state road. That is an issue we have been trying to address legislatively for a while now…” Marcum said.
“Sherri and I have been working on and we are doing all we can,” Marcum continued.
Councilman Smith responded stating, “One thing about it, it is election time and they usually will do something… He is right and I commend him for what he does…I am going to say this, to get anything done; you have to raise hell and embarrass them. That is what you have to do.”
The conversation concluded with Hairston-Brown requesting that Marcum keep her updated to any developments concerning the Vinson Street repairs.
Requests for road repairs can be made with the West Virginia Department of Highways. The website states, “Maintenance Service Requests are handled Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This form should not be used to report any kind of highway emergency or criminal activity.”
To file a request for assistance, visit http://dotftp.wv.gov/cra/ or call 304- 558-3505.
(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.)