WILLIAMSON – At Thursday’s meeting of the Williamson City Council, Nadine Warren approached the council during public comment to discuss the upcoming Liberty High School Celebration.
Warren approached the council stating, “Good evening Mayor and City Council. I am here tonight because we are going to be having the Liberty Celebration in Williamson W.Va. on July 29 through 30 … We are having a social on Friday night from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the Old Liberty Grade School. We are having a fish fry cookout on Saturday and Saturday night we are having a dinner and ball at the Mountaineer Hotel.”
Warren continued, explaining that she had previously spoken with Councilwoman Sherri Hairston-Brown concerning the event. “I am here tonight because I have talked with Sherri about having a block party Friday and Saturday night on Lower Vinson Street,” Warren stated. “A long time ago, when they used to have the Liberty Reunions here, that was one of the things that everybody looked forward to. A lot of people who have not been back to Williamson have requested that we have a block party. I would like the city council to approve us closing Vinson Street from Sherri’s house up to Joseph Avenue so that we would have that blocked off for the block party Friday and Saturday.” Warren continued.
Warren expects the event to help promote tourism within the Williamson community. “We are hoping to bring a lot of people in for the event. When I lived here all the time; I constantly wanted to bring people in for the trails. I think one of the things that have to happen is more tourism to help you out with revenue. Once we get people in, a lot of people are at a comfortable stage in their life, I think a lot of them might be inclined to buy houses here as a second home. I think that will help with tax bases. We are pushing a lot of different things plus we are going to spruce up the street and everything.”
Councilwoman Judy Hamrick responded stating, “I don’t think that should be a problem. They can still get around.”
The discussion continued concerning the area of road that will need to be blocked during the event. Following the discussion, Councilwoman Hairston-Brown made a motion to approve closing the road. Hairston-Brown stated, “I make a motion that we close the street from Lt. Bucci Drive to Joseph Avenue.”
Councilman York Smith seconded the motion and the motion was approved unanimously.
More information on the Liberty School Celebration and associated events can be found by visiting the event listing on Facebook.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)