Matewan Council discusses water contract


By Kendra Mahon - [email protected]



MATEWAN, W.Va. – In the regular scheduled meeting of the Matewan City Council, the main concern on the agenda was the Veolia Water contract renewal.

In the June meeting council members learned the contract was up for renewal and needed to be renewed by the end of the month. Council asked for a a 30 day extension which was granted.

In addition Veolia agreed to extend the current contract until September 30, in order to give everyone a chance to negotiate any possible changes.

The council approved $18,950.00 to repair the roof at the water plant. The part of the roof that is leaking is over the control panels and it is a lot cheaper to repair the roof, than to replace the control panels, said Mayor Shelia Kessler.

David Stratton, Chief of Police asked the council to approve money for Larry Ross’ expenses for training at the police academy. Ross will start the academy in August and when he completes his training, that will be an additional full time officer for the town.

Stratton also told the council the weapons he and his officers use are outdated and needed to be replaced. The estimated cost of replacing the three weapons will be around $1800.00.

Both requests were approved by the board.

In a report from the Matewan Fire Department, in the month of June the department responded to one MVC, two structure fires, three medical assistance, one rock slide and set up a road block to collect money to help the flood victims.

Councilwoman Francine Jones updated the council and public on the progress of t Homecoming events, which is scheduled in September.

The next regular scheduled meeting of the council is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9 at 6 p.m. in the conference room of city hall.

Meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.

By Kendra Mahon

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Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.

Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.

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