In addition to department reports and regular business, Debrina Williams, with the Hatfield McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau, spoke at the Chapmanville Town Council meeting on May 13.
Williams informed Mayor Jerry Price and the council members on current promotional efforts by her office and the importance of the financial partnership between the town and the CVB (Hotel/motel tax distributions).
Monthly activity reports were provided by representatives from each of the Town’s departments. Chapmanville Police Chief G. J. Spangler and Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Perry submitted details on calls and activities throughout the previous month.
Mayor Price praised both departments and acknowledged the Chapmanville Police Department’s recent apprehension of William Mitchell Lee Pope, a man wanted for attempted murder in North Carolina.
“These guys do such a great job! To be put in these type of situations and to have the resolve and dedication to push forward to secure our neighborhoods and provide a safe environment for all of us to live and work in. It’s a real testament to what type of men we have on our police force, ” said Mayor Price.
Mayor Price read a report by Brian Kirkendoll, Project Coordinator, who was attending another function. Kirkendoll’s report mentioned taking advantage of state, federal, and private resources to revitalize the town. Programs such as the WVDEP’s REAP and Operation Wildflower programs, WVDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, and CSX’s Beyond Our Rails program.
“Brian is doing a good job of tackling many of the fundamental issues that are so important to the success of a town or city. A strong infrastructure, a viable and attractive community, an appealing business environment; these are the types of things we ask Brian to address and I’m extremely proud of his efforts,” said Price.
Mayor Price also praised the efforts of Recreation Coordinator Sallie Stollings. Price pointed to the past success of the county-wide fish fry and the excitement leading up to this year’s event. There were approximately 750 attendees at the event, where they served 600 hot dogs and fried 50 pounds of catfish.
The town approved a $500 donation to the Chapmanville Towers Resident’s Association for upcoming summer and fall events. Councilmember Jeremy Farley noted that the Town’s financial assistance of this association is very important.
“We have an assisted-living complex here, one that houses almost 90 residents, and I feel that it is imperative that we provide them with the resources needed to live a healthy and active lifestyle. How could we ever go wrong helping our senior citizens and our children; they deserve it,” remarked Farley.
The Town Council meets the second Monday of every month at the Chapmanville Municipal Building at 7 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.