Julia Roberts Goad
KERMIT - The town of Kermit is looking better for summer, thanks to the efforts of the Kermit City Council.
The Town has installed a retired caboose at the north end of Kermit, on the site dedicated to a memorial to the victims of a mine disaster.
On January 18, 1951 the No.1 Mine at Kermit Burning Springs Collieries Company exploded. Eleven men died in the disaster, including two fathers and their sons and a set of brothers..
The mine was located in a hollow near north of Kermit on US 52.
The town has installed a small community park at the site.
Kermit Mayor Johnny Linville thanked Charles Bennett for his work on the caboose.
“Charles painted the outside of the caboose, but the inside needs a lot of work,” Mayor Linville said. “It needs cleaned up and fixed up.” Council members also discussed placing a spotlight on the monument to the miners who died at Burning Springs.
In other business, Linville said he had received confirmation of a $15,000 grant from the Governor’s office to pay for playground equipment. Equipment has been ordered, and will be delivered within ten days, he said. Installation would cost the Town an additional $5,000, council members agreed to install the equipment themselves to save that cost.
Linville said he had spoken to Renee Maynard of the Department of Health and Human Services. Maynard told Linville DHHR can furnish workers to the town, to use for clean-up or whatever odd jobs the town may need performed. Council members said they were cautious of the town’s liability workers compensation insurance.
Some abandoned and dilapidated property is an eyesore, council said, and the town is in the process of taking steps to clean up the house and property. Council member Anna May Wellman said the first step is to notify the property owner, giving them a chance to clean up the site. After that, he town can clean up the property and bill the property owners for the cost.
Linville also also said early voting begins May 29 and runs through June 8, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.