Williamson City Council addresses short agenda

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

September 29, 2013

WILLIAMSON - With all council members, except one, present for Thursday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting for the City of Williamson, Mayor Darrin McCormick addressed city business in an efficient and timely manner and adjourned in approximately an hour after calling the meeting to order.

General business such as the reading and acceptance of the Sept. 12th minutes were approved, as well as an adjustment to the coal severance budget due to a typographical mistake. A review of the City of Williamson Police Civil Service list was completed, and the two names on the list were passed over for hiring. Plans are to give the test once again in the near future to allow others interested in a career in law enforcement to apply. A motion was also made to appoint Ricky “Rebel” Curry to the Policeman Civil Service Board.

October was proclaimed as “Fire Prevention Month”, with Williamson Fire Chief Jerry Mounts informing the council members that the 2012 campaign would focus on the importance of preventing kitchen fires, which are responsible for many of the house fires that occur each year nationwide. W.L. Bostic was also chosen by the mayor to begin serving on the Fireman’s Civil Service board that recently had a vacancy.

Members of the Williamson Women’s Garden Club expressed their gratitude to Veolia Water for assistance in watering and maintaining the hanging baskets on the downtown streets that have brightened the landscape and added beauty during the summer months.

The date for Trick or Treat has been set for Thursday, Oct. 31, between the hours of 6-8 p.m., which will also be the night the Halloween Bash takes place for children up to the age of 12 inside the Williamson Field House.

Norma White, a Williamson resident well known by a large portion of the cities residents due to her giving heart and her generous ways, was congratulated on being nominated and winning the Humanitarian Award during the recent King Coal Festival.

“There’s no one I can think of that deserves this award more than Norma White,” said the mayor. “You are a wonderful asset to our town.”

When the members of the public were extended an invitation to speak, Bostic addressed the counsel with a compliant about several Pit-Bull dogs that were on chains at a home in close vicinity to his, they were said to bark continuously through the day and night. Bostic told the mayor that he understood that the city had adopted an ordinance to govern this issue, and asked that it be looked into.

“It’s hard to sleep,” stated the 4th Avenue resident. “They bark all the time, it rarely ever ceases. I feel like a prisoner in my own home and I certainly don’t like that feeling.”

Mayor McCormick assured the concerned resident that Police Chief Barry Blair would review and familiarize himself with the dog ordinance and would take the proper steps to alleviate the problem.

The next meeting of the Williamson City Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9, due to a conflict of scheduling for the mayor.