Park Board holds emergency meeting

By Courtney Pigman - [email protected]

WILLIAMSON – An emergency meeting of the Williamson Park Board was held Monday, Feb 22 at the Williamson Field House at 6:00 p.m.

An agenda posted on the door of the Fieldhouse did not offer an explanation concerning the focus of the meeting. The agenda simply stated, “Emergency Meeting.”

All Williamson Park Board members were in attendance of the meeting. Also present at the meeting was Park Board director Brandon Ball, City Clerk Larry Brown, City Councilman Matthew Newsome, Williamson Fire Chief Joey Carey and City Attorney Joshua Ferrell.

The meeting began with a discussion concerning concessions from the boys’ basketball game held at the Field House on Saturday.

It was discussed among board members that the game yielded $1,938. Park Board Member John Mark Hubbard asked, “So, where is the money?”

Park Board member Glen Conner explained that the money was in the safe.

The meeting continued with members discussing the possibility of holding the upcoming basketball tournament at the Williamson Field House. “I can tell you, they are all in agreement; they want this tournament to be here at the Field House,” Conner explained.

The meeting continued with Park Board members discussing approaching the Mingo County Board of Education to request that the middle school boys and girls tournaments be held at the Williamson Field House. “That is fantastic,” the board members agreed.

Folders were distributed among Park Board members. Chris Ooten, Park Board member stated, “For all the Park Board members, I want you to know that we have the by-laws in the folder. Everyone should take that home and get to where you know what they are …”

A brief discussion concerning the by-laws followed. It was then requested that Larry Brown pull up the financial report. “Total revenues: $1,085,640.88. Total disbursement: $241,322.97. You have an explanation for spending. You have the roof. You painted a building. You did have a fund balance going into this year,” Brown stated.

The meeting continued with Park Board member, Dr. Steve Wilson discussing volunteer groups being used at the Field House. “Can you put a handle on documents from the Expo Center for the potential of us hiring volunteer groups like seniors wanting to go on a D.C. trip? Groups like that could come in and work the concessions for a percentage of net profit.”

Wilson continued, “I am sure you have seen those things every week with kids asking for money. I don’t like to see a bucket out there in the street. I just don’t. I think they should do something. I would like for the board to consider it as a future possibility…Kids are looking for something to do to raise money. We have a perfect opportunity for them… I would like to say, ‘Hey. We have an opportunity for you. Bring your whole crew in here and get a teacher to sponsor and let’s put you to work…’ I would like to make a motion after I see a document and a contract.”

Following the discussion concerning volunteer group, a motion was made to go into executive session. During the executive session, Director Brandon Ball was requested for a brief moment. The executive session continued for approximately 40 minutes.

Following the executive session Wilson announced that, “No action was taken at this time.” No further explanation was provided.

With the meeting back in regular session, Ball provided an update on ordering new windows for the Field House. Ball had been in discussions with the West Virginia Historical Group about possible grant funding for the windows.

The meeting continued with board members discussing finances. “Just for the record, the exact number is $39,693.41. You have $14,693.41 available,” Brown explained.

The board then discussed upcoming bills. The gas bill was discussed and said to be about $3,000. This is down from $4,000 the previous year at this time.

Shawn Williamson then approached the board providing pictures of water that had recently entered the building. Ball stated, “Shawn opened up for the (Williamson) Buddy League and came in and walked into this.” Williamson and Park Board members discussed how water was gaining entry inside the building. “It is from the gutters or the edge of the roof line somewhere,” Williamson stated.

Following the discussion with Williamson, the meeting was adjourned.

By Courtney Pigman

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(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

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