WILLIAMSON – Terry Hale, a resident of Goodman Avenue, approached the Williamson Utility Board and the Williamson City Council at meetings held Thursday, March 10, seeking a solution to concerns surrounding a water tank located near her property.
Hale stated that someone has been sleeping at the water tank for over a year. Another issue is that a fence was ordered to be built around the water tank several years ago. Hale had an order issued by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2008, which ordered a fence to be built around the tank.
The PSC order Hale refered to during the meeting was issued July 11 2008. The order lists a number of directives concerning the tank; the fence being one of the orders. In reference to the fence surrounding the water tank the order states, “It is further ordered that the City install protective fencing around the water tank pursuant to a capital improvement plan. The fence shall be installed within three years of the date of this order. The City shall develop a maintance schedule for maintaining the fence
Hale approached the Utility Board stating, “This is about a water tank behind my house. Somebody has been sleeping up there, at the water tank, for the past year that we know of. They have a sleeping bag and the whole nine yards. “
Hale then produced a copy of the PSC order and presented it to the Utility Board members. “In 2008, there was supposed to have been a fence to go around that tank, ordered by the PSC,” Hale stated.
Jason Allen with Veolia Water questioned Hale stating, “Are you looking at the PSC report?”
Hale responded stating, “No, this is a final order.”
Allen stated, “The state Health Department comes in once every two years and does a survey. They make recommendations and some of them aren’t mandatory.”
Hale continued stating, “My biggest concern is that we make numerous trips to Huntington… I don’t want anyone up at my house…”
Board member Lacy Muncy questioned, “Do you know the people sleeping up there?”
Hale responded, “You just asked me the same question the Chief of Police asked me.”
The discussion between Hale and the Utility Board continued. “I don’t need convicts, killers or drug dealers around my house. What I want is someone to go check that tank at least once a week…”Hale explained.
Muncy requested that Allen send someone up there to check it. Allen responded that he would follow up on it the following day.
Hale also approached the Williamson City Council at a meeting held later that day. Hale explained to the council about the issues she is having concerning the water tank near her property.
The discussion with Hale then focused on the decaying road conditions on Goodman Avenue.
Councilman York Smith responded stating, “Well I am going to say this, Goodman Avenue is a dangerous piece of road to travel until they get guard rail up there. The state was supposed to put guard rail up for me…. That road is decaying all the way around it. It is dangerous to travel.”
Hale responded stating, “The city and the state need to work together to maintain the road.”
The next Williamson Utility Board meeting and Williamson City Council meeting will take place Thursday, March 24. The utility board meets at 3:30 and the council meets at 6 p.m.