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Darrin McCormick

Mayor of Williamson

This week, more than 50 people who live and work around town have been invited to help create a comprehensive community plan for Williamson.

These community leaders were hand-picked because of what they do to help our city and our neighbors throughout Mingo and surrounding counties. The community meeting will launch on Thursday, Nov. 8, with lunch and we will spend some time working together until 5 p.m. when an open house will begin.

Unfortunately, we could not reach everyone with a personal invitation, but we would like to invite the public to an Open House Thursday evening, Nov. 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Open House will showcase plans across several topic areas including Hatfield-McCoy Tourism, Local Foods, Energy, Workforce Education, Building and Community Health.

Also, at the Open House on Thursday, those present for the working sessions held earlier in the day will stick around to share drafted plans from the afternoons work. Information from civic and business organizations including the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, Williamson Farmers Market, the Wildwood Garden Club and a new recreational biking club called the Tug Valley Trail Blazers will also be presented. We hope to have historic displays as well as information about new ideas.

Our goal is to continue to provide the level of services that our community members expect, and to do so we have to come up with new means of producing revenue and controlling costs. The ideas that we are looking for are “sustainable” because they meet the needs of the present without compromising the resources of future generations. We are looking to community members to spark small business ideas, but we also have some ideas for the development of public resources that we’d like to share in order to get your feedback.

For example, have you heard talk of the Sycamore Trail Campground? The City of Williamson will showcase an idea to create revenue for Parks and Recreation by setting RV hookups, primitive camping, and cabin lodging along the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. We know trail riders need places to stay, and we have a plan. T

hese are the types of things that you can take a closer look at if you attend the Open House on Thursday, Nov. 8, beginning at 5pm at the Municipal Swimming Pool and Community Center located at 98 Parkway Drive in Williamson, WV. I hope to see you there.

Be sure to look for future “Hubub” articles coming soon.

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