WILLIAMSON – The Williamson Utility Board made a motion to sign an agreement allowing the Parks and Recreation Committee to move forward with a waterline project to provide water and sewer to a campground for the Williamson area.
The campground will be located near east Williamson near the Williamson connector to the Hatfield and McCoy Trail System.
George Poole was in attendance of the meeting and spoke on behalf of the Parks and Recreation Committee.
Poole approached the board stating, “As you all know, several years ago we entered into an agreement and leased 20 acres of land to build a campground for the Parks and Recreation Committee. At the time, there was a delay due to logging operations. Now, that has been cleared up and we really need this campground up and running.”
Poole discussed the revenue the campground would bring to Williamson. “The trail riders are coming through here and unfortunately, they are driving right on by. We need them to stay here. The average trail rider stays in one location three days with average spending of about $300 a day. This is a great source of revenue for the city. The campground, as you all know, needs water and sewer. The waterline is on the opposite side of Route 52 from the campground so we need permission from the Department of Highways (DOH) to bore underneath it so that the Parks and Recreation can buy water from you guys.”
“It will be a great source of income for you guys. We are hoping to have about 80 campground sites up there. There will be a lot amount of water and sewage coming through this thing. The lines are already there, all we have to do bore under the road and run it up through there,” Poole continued.
Carlton responded asking, “So you are asking us to do what today?”
Poole responded stating, “Today, I need you to sign the agreement to get the permit with the state to go under Route 52. I have got the two permits; one for the sewer, one for the water. I also have the bonding and the drawings from E.L. Robinson. This has been paid for already so all we need is for you all to give us the okay to get the permit to go underneath it. At that time, we are going to look at the cost of boring underneath that. I don’t think the cost will be that bad. This would be a good source of revenue for you guys.”
Carlton responded, “Are you looking for this board to pay for the cost for the line under the road are you?”
Poole responded stating, “Yes, I am. We want to see how much that cost is going to be.”
Carlton responded, “How much are you expecting that cost is going to be?”
Poole responded stating, “Five to seven thousand dollars. But, in a year’s time, lord knows how much water you are going to sell up there. We already have the pipe through previous purchases to do all this.”
Utility Board member Butch Beckett stated, “So you are spending money to make money. I am looking at the investment.”
The discussion continued and focused on the Hatfield and McCoy Trail system in relation to the campground.
Carlton stated, “Today you are asking us to sign a permit and not to spend any money correct? Do we have a motion for that?”
The motion to sign the agreement and bond documents was moved and seconded. The discussion with Poole continued following the motion.
“Can you give me a ceiling limit that if it is less than a certain amount, I can move forward? I would like to have this thing open soon.”
Utility Board member Lacy Muncy responded stating, “As far as boring it, I don’t think it would cost that much. I think you are talking two or three thousand dollars. I make a motion that if it cost less than five thousand we give you permission to do it.”
The discussion continued. “It is a win- win situation for us,” Beckett stated.
Carlton stated, “We have a motion to authorize up the $5,000 to proceed with the campground water line project.
The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.
The next meeting of the Williamson Utility Board will be Thursday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.
(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.)