The White Sulphur Springs City Council met on Monday, November 8, discussing a budget shortfall, project updates, and more.
– One guest speaker, Britt Trippett, had exciting news for Main Street. Trippett explained, “I am getting ready to open up a boutique right on Main Street in the next month.” She also introduced herself to the council, saying “I have a background in marketing and working with Convention and Visitors Bureaus for small businesses.”
– Mayor Bruce Bowling provided an update on the city’s ongoing infrastructure projects before the council voted to approve regular invoices related to those projects. “We finished the stormwater project on Church Street. We didn’t have one complaint, by the way. … The waterline going … around Big Draft, they’re doing a really good job up there. Drive up and see what they’re doing, their ditches are the best I’ve ever seen.”
– Councilmember GP Parker highlighted that he “was concerned about our general budget. Right now we’re …$76,000 in the red. I was noticing that our B&O taxes are down for this time of the year, [down] a tad bit on the garbage fees, police protection, and fire protection fees. I just wanted to bring that to council’s attention so we can watch those and see if we can negate [the shortfall’s effects].”
– Chief of Police Scotty Teubert announced that the department “just had an officer graduate on Friday, …you’ll be seeing a new officer running around town. Feel free to stop and talk to him.”
– Council approved $1,000 for youth recreational sports.
– The White Sulphur Springs Fire Department report included eight incidents, including a motor vehicle accident, an accidental or misfiring of alarms, aircraft standbys, and assist calls to other organizations.
– The recent announcement of over $30 million in hazard mitigation funds throughout Greenbrier County municipalities included White Sulphur Springs. Bowling explained “we weren’t sure how much it was going to be, but it ended up being just shy of $3 million for stormwater projects in, probably, the worst part of town [for flooding] up on Terrace Drive. … Any time there’s a big downpour, you know where the water’s going to be standing between Ingleside and Mountain Avenue. According to our man, we should start this thing around mid-summer.” For more on the hazard mitigation funds, see The West Virginia Daily News’ article titled “$32 Million In Hazard Mitigation Funds Announced For Greenbrier County Municipalities.”
– The headline from the meeting was the announcement of a recreational facility in Dick Gunnoe Memorial Park. For more on the announcement, see The West Virginia Daily News’ article titled “Recreational Facility Announced For Dick Gunnoe Memorial Park.”
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