By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Business professionals in the city of Williamson are getting fair warning to pay their business and occupation taxes or prepare for a visit from those whose job it is to collect it.
During last week’s Williamson City Council meeting that had been rescheduled due to inclement weather, Mayor Darrin McCormick discussed with council members (all present except Matthew Thornsbury and Attorney C. Christopher Younger) the fact that several city businesses have failed to pay their B&O taxes as required by law, and without those taxes, the city’s budget can be stretched thin. The mayor encouraged business owners to pay their taxes in a timely manner or warned that the “tax man cometh.”
Appalachian Regional Healthcare Associates has applied for a “certificate of need,” making their wish to acquire Williamson Memorial Hospital known, after withdrawing their first CON in order to allow time to make necessary changes. Staff members and concerned residents who disagree with the acquisition and want their voice to be heard are encouraged to attend the next council meeting, scheduled for Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.
The Harvey Street underpass will be closed for a few days (began on Tuesday) as work is being performed on the grating system on the roadway under the railroad bridge. People traveling in that vicinity are asked to choose an alternate route while the repair work is being completed.
A motion was made and seconded to hire nine part-paid/volunteer firefighters for the Williamson Fire Department. The names provided by Fire Chief Jerry Mounts include William Hensley, Lee Murphy, Travis Booten, Josh Stacy, Michael McNeese, Zachary Barker, Shane Runyon, Joshua Murphy and Michael Bench.
The names of the top three candidates on the police civil service tests were read and considered for the first time, with no recommendation for hire coming from Police Chief Barry Blair. A candidate’s name must be passed over a total of three times before his/her name may be removed from the list of potential hires.
The mayor signed a proclamation recognizing February as “Black History Month” in Williamson. Council members also approved May 17 as the date for the Tug Valley Shriner’s Car and Motorcycle Show that will be held on Second Avenue.
For more information about the next scheduled meeting of City Council or to be placed on the agenda to speak, contact City Clerk Frances Frye at 304-235-1510.