The GFWC-WV Williamson Woman’s Club is the latest organization to come out in favor of the proposed Mingo County fire levy.
Club members voted unanimously to support the levy initiative Thursday following a presentation by Williamson Fire Department Chief Jerry Mounts. Mounts, who also serves as president of the Mingo County Fire Chiefs Association, explained that the levy would provide much-needed funding to all of the county’s volunteer fire departments as well as Williamson’s paid department. He said the rising costs of workers’ compensation insurance, equipment and training to meet the strict regulations for first responders set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is making it almost impossible for smaller fire departments to keep their doors open.
The Woman’s Club, one of the Tug Valley’s oldest, largest and most active civic organizations, joins a growing list of groups supporting the levy which also includes the Williamson Kiwanis Club.
“It is important that our group take a stand on issues that so directly affect our communities,” stressed Ann Lipps, Woman’s Club president.
The levy, which will be placed before voters during the Oct. 4 special election, is expected to generate $1 million for Mingo County fire departments.