WILLIAMSON – The Williamson City Council held a brief meeting Thursday, July 7 to discuss a number of agenda items.
The council approved an amendment to the cities’ Sanitation Ordinance to allow an increase in the monthly fee by $4.
Council also held a first reading of an amendment to the Parking Violation Ordinance. At a special meeting held on Thursday, June 30, the council voted to increase parking citations by $5. Following discussion, council also voted that if parking citations were not paid within ten days, the fine will increase by $25. The reading of the amendment to the Parking Violation Ordinance at Thursday’s meeting reflected the changes voted upon at the previous meeting.
Following discussion, council voted to postpone the next regular meeting until August 11. Councilwoman Sherri Hairston-Brown stated, “This is the month of July. Everybody is going on vacation and everything else. Normally, we only meet one time in July. I think we should only meet this time and go to our regular meeting in August on the 11. “
Williamson Mayor Robert Carlton responded, “It would be about a three minute meeting simply to read the ordinance a second time on the parking fines. That would be the purpose of the meeting. It could be read three times over three weeks.”
Hairston-Brown asked Williamson Police Chief Barry Blair if he had enough tickets to last until the next council meeting in August. “We are getting low but it is a possibility…We have had a case or two left. We may be ago,” Blair responded.
Councilwoman Judy Hamrick responded stating, “ I suggest you call whomever does you books and have them revise them and have that ready. So that once it is approved we can go ahead and move ahead.”
Hairston-Brown agreed stating, “We can do that.”
Carlton responded stating, “Let’s make a motion to authorize the printing of the new tickets with the anticipation that there is a general consensus that the ordinance be approved by council.”
Councilman Matthew Newsome moved to approve the motion for the revised tickets. The motion was seconded and approved.
The last item council approved was a motion to reinstate overtime for the Williamson Police Department (WPD) for grant purposes.
Blair stated, “There are certain enforcement periods throughout each month that we do a couple weeks of enforcement through highway safety. You stopped us from taking the vehicles home and prevented us from working the overtime to obtain the grants.”
“Is the grant money still there for us to use?” Hamrick asked.
Blair responded stating, “The grant money should be there from my understanding. I have the opportunity to apply for the grant even though we are past the period of time that it was required for us to apply for it. I believe I could still get grant money. I should be able to obtain money through Highway Safety.”
Following discussion, council voted to reinstate overtime for the police department for grant purposes.
(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.)