The Williamson City Council met in regular session for a quick, but effective meeting on Thursday evening in the council chambers of City Hall.
The council passed a resolution for a $16,000 grant for the Park Board that is to be used to make repairs to the swimming pool in West End. Mayor Darrin McCormick also announced that the tentative date for the pool to open for the season is Friday, June 7. The last day of school for Mingo County students is June 6.
Each council member made statements regarding their individual wards, starting with York Smith. Smith requested that weeds be cut in East End and also for potholes to be patched as soon as the weather allows.
Councilman Matt Thornsbury also requested that potholes be patched in his ward. “Keep my ward in mind when you start patching,” he said.
Thornsbury also asked putting back a historical marker and repairing the curb which is located on 5th Avenue. Mayor McCormick said that the marker had a lot of historical significance in regards to the original surveying of the city of Williamson. Plans are to place the marker back in the same location and to fix the curb by Veolia.
Thornsbury also expressed his pleasure with the recent Relay for Life 5-k race that was held this past Saturday near the National Guard Armory and along the floodwall. Nearly 140 runners and walkers participated, including Thornsbury.
Mayor McCormick said he was pleased that the Tug Valley Road Runners Club has monthly races in the area and that they have teamed up with the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition to promote healthier lifestyles.
Council member Connie Rockel asked for some 15 mph speed limit signs in West End and some “children at play” signage.
There was also mention of a dog park located behind the swimming pool where there was a volleyball court located. Some citizens have access to the location. Plans are to improve the dog park and to give access to anyone who would like to use the fenced in lot.
Council woman Sherri Hairston Brown was also in attendance at the meeting. She stated she had already addressed her concerns for her ward with Veolia.
Madonna Shapiro addressed the city council again about her neighborhood on Reservation Hill. She said there are properties up there with garbage and weeds that are as high as the fence. Shapiro said there are some dangerous pipes sticking up and that children that play in that area could get injured.
Shapiro said the litter in that neighborhood has been a problem for years.
It was also noted that landscaping and work had been done in front of City Hall, including placing an old antique luggage cart and flowers in front of the building along 4th Avenue. The old cart has been painted and is placed on one of the elevated platforms. (See related picture.)
McCormick also noted that West Virginia Day will be June 20 and that he would like to have a small dedication at that time of the work that has been done to beautify the front of City Hall.
The current offices of Williamson’s city government are located in what was once the Norfolk & Southern train station.