Greetings from the Mayor's Office!
As mentioned last month the Community Wellness Council hosted their very first fund raiser to benefit the Community Garden Project. The event was held at the former Blackhawk Grill location and was a huge success. So much in fact, the Wellness Council will be expanding the program to include more gardening space as well as involving residents and students to teach gardening and healthy eating initiatives. They also plan to partner with the Village to expand our farmers market. For volunteer opportunities, email the wellness council at: BetterBvilleCouncil@gmail.com.
Over the past several weeks residents may have noticed the former Barboursville pool site has been completely transformed, though the pool is gone rest assured, the council and I are working on plans for future recreational opportunities. Due to the popularity and response to disc golf, another course will open at the park in the next few months and improvements are being made to the existing course to make play a pleasurable experience for beginners and seasoned veterans.
Construction should begin soon on a new fishing pier at Lake William and parking expansion is in the works for several areas to make plenty of room for people that want to spend time at our park. Trail head signs should be installed for the upcoming season and the park board and council are focused on a renewed discussion regarding the recreational facility at the park. As you can see many things are in the works and plans for new development are being discussed. It is indeed an exciting time for our Village.
As many residents know the Village contributes levy funds to Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department and last year you the voters renewed that levy that helps fund their needs. These levy funds will go directly to assist with a number of needs, last year Chief J.P. Hockenberry and I sat down to discuss the purchase of a new ladder truck for the department. We had very frank discussions about funding from the city and seeking out grant funding for what was to be close to a $1 million dollar venture for their department. Not only did they obtain grant funding for the majority of their truck purchase, but they also received various funding for equipment. However after all was said and done they were going to have to raise funds for around $80 thousand dollars to have the truck completely paid for. After they gave us their final figure, council wanted to assist them in some way to get them closer to their goal. Long story short, the council and I through the assistance of Finance Director Diana Roy, were able to allocate an additional $50 thousand dollars toward the purchase of their new ladder truck. As of this writing, they will only have about $15 thousand dollars left to have the truck COMPLETLEY PAID OFF! Did I mention, it won’t even be delivered until late summer or early fall? What a great testament to the men and women of our Fire Dept. for their resolve and seeing this project through. Also, thank you to you, the citizens, for renewing our levy for decades and to council for seeing the importance of this department to our city. This is the reason why the hashtag #betterbville is becoming commonplace.
As I finish writing today, It is with heartfelt sadness we say goodbye to a friend and coworker. Jason Wintz, a long standing employee of the Village passed away since our last newsletter publication. Jason was instrumental in bringing disc golf to the Barboursville Park and was passionate about the game he loved. Jason could often be found in his spare time working, sprucing up, and teaching people the fundamentals of the game since the courses inception. Jason was dedicated not only to disc golf, but to Barboursville. He will be sorely missed by many.
As always, we invite you to attend a council meeting, send us an email, a message via Facebook or a good old fashioned letter in the mail to let us know how we are doing! We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7:30pm in the community center and you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or find the village and me on Facebook! We look forward to hearing from you!
Chris Tatum, Mayor
Mayor: Chris Tatum
721 Central Ave.
PO Box 262,
Barboursville, WV 25504
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