MATEWAN – The City of Matewan held their monthly city council meeting Tuesday, May 17. Several key discussions were brought to the table, Mindy Ramsey with Source Water Protection Plan discussed the changes made in how W. Va. water systems are now monitored since the water contamination crisis occurred in Charleston two years ago, and she also reminded everyone a state regulation plan was due by July 1, 2016.
Mark Whitt approached the council asking for approval for a Hatfield McCoy Memorial Monument to be erected at the entrance of the Hatfield-McCoy Trailhead in Matewan. The monument would be in honor and recognition of the three gentlemen, Mike Whitt, Leff Moore and John English, who were instrumental in getting the trailhead started. A representative with Summit Engineering was on hand to present plans for the memorial. A unanimous decision was made and construction is expected to begin within the next month at the entrance of the Matewan trailhead.
In other happenings, Veolia water representative, Chris Hall informed the council, the gearbox had went down in the lift station and was going to cost $8,000 to repair. He also, stated they had been able to reduce some leaks throughout the city saving 65,000 gallon of water per day.
Dave Stratton, City of Matewan Police Chief, requested approval to purchase tires for the Ford Explorer police cruiser. The Matewan Fire Department has responded to four medical emergency calls and two motor vehicle collisions in the past month. Several members of the department will be attending the Mingo County Fire School June 4-6 which will be held at the Williamson Fieldhouse.
Council discussed utilities being disconnected at the old Matewan High School building and that building is expected to be sold in the near future. A special meeting will take place to discuss the sell.
With several events coming up in the next few months plans were made to make sure traffic control was available and there would be ample parking. Donna Paterino informed the council the National Guard would have tents set up for the Matewan Massacre Drama, which will be held this Saturday May 21, with two shows one at 11 a.m. and the other at 3 p.m.
The Matewan City Council meets once a month in the Town Hall at 6 p.m. The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, June 14.