By Jean A. Flanagan
Jim Matheson was talking with a waitress at the Kac-Ka-Pon Restaurant in Wardensville. The waitress’s mother had just come to live with her and she was lonely.
“She doesn’t know anyone,” Matheson said. “It started me thinking about, what are we doing for senior citizens?”[private]
Matheson addressed the Wardensville Town Council at their monthly meeting held Monday, Dec. 11.
“I’d like us to start thinking, is there a need for a senior citizens organization,” he said. “How many (seniors) are there? What are their needs? What leadership would we need to meet those needs.”
Matheson said perhaps local churches are already working with seniors, and he will be in contact to determine that for sure.
Councilman Ed Klinovski said in Pennsylvania, there is a state Office of Aging that works through county governments.
“They work with seniors to help keep them active, give them a place to go,” he said. “ Some counties in West Virginia have those, some don’t.”
Klinovski said when he was trying to solicit volunteers last summer, he looked into the availability of seniors because of their knowledge and experience. “I heard there were some volunteers in Mathias, but nothing organized,” he said.
Matheson and Klinovski said over the next several months they hope to find out how many seniors are living in the greater Wardensville area and how an organized effort could help meet their needs.
“What would they do?” Recorder Maureen Martin asked.
“Initially, just get together for social events,” Klinovski said.
“Perhaps they could volunteer for community events.”
Matheson said he would address the council again at the March meeting.
Changes to Recorder Duties
The council held a public hearing and first reading of Ordinance 18-01, regarding changes to the duties of the Recorder in town code.
The changes effect Title 2, Chapters
•301 – Keeping Records of Town Council and Committees
•303 – Assisting the Mayor
•320 – Serve as Treasurer
•321 – Monitor daily deposits
•322 – Be bonded for $10,000
•323 – Prepare annual levy estimates working with the accountant
•324 – Monitor/Manage the town accountant and auditor
•350 – Other duties as required by council.
The second public hearing and second reading will be held on Monday, Jan. 8 2018.
Councilmen Luke Kesner, David Twedt, Ed Klinovski and Mayor Greg Alderman voted to approve the ordinance. Councilwoman Grace Garrett was absent. Recorder Maureen Martin abstained.
Changes to Election Cycle
Martin presented a draft Ordinance 18-02 to stagger the terms of the town’s elected officials. “I sent a copy to the Secretary of State per the town lawyer, but I haven’t received any feedback from them,” she said.
The council was reluctant to proceed without the approval of the SOS’s office, but voted to accept the language of the ordinance.
The first reading and public hearing will be held on Monday, Jan. 8 2018.
Mayor Greg Alderman said he was pleased to report the water storage tanks do not need replacing or repainting.
“We got our Sanitary Survey from the Department of Health and we don’t need anything.”
Alderman said the survey suggested the tank be pressure washed and a spot or two of rust repaired, but nothing major.
“We were told the water tanks needed major repairs or replacing, and that’s not the case,” he said.
Public Works Report
Erich Atkinson said he and Councilman Klinovski were discussing a five-year plan to replace sections of the water system as well as valves and meters.
“We want to replace all the meters, but they are very expensive,” Atkinson said. “So we are buying them as we can afford.”
“We also discussed a preventative maintenance plan,” Klinovski said.
Atkinson reported the heater at the lagoon building was replaced and he needs a new CL meter.
Klinovski reported the Beautification Committee will not meet until February 2018.
A special thanks to Karen Findley and Creations Galore for putting bows on the town planters.
•Mayor Alderman clarified the process for students to participate in the Golden Rule Program. Business participants will have a certificate in their window. If they see a child doing a good deed, they will be given a ticket. Once the child accumulates five tickets, they will receive a certificate. Businesses should contact Theresa Ramsey at town hall for information.
•Following a review of credit card charges, it was discovered the town was loosing money on the processing fees. Town customers who pay their water and sewer bills via credit card are charged a flat $3 fee, while the town is charged a percentage of the amount.
“From July 3 to Dec. 1, we are $154 in the hole,” Martin said. “I don’t know what the percentage is, but I will find out and we can discuss at the next meeting.”
•The council approved a policy in the Employee Manual to limit remote computer access. Access from an outside computer is now only permitted with the written permission from the mayor or council.
The next meeting of the Wardensville Council will be held on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 beginning at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the Conference and Visitor’s Center on Main Street. The public is invited to attend.[/private]