By Jean A. Flanagan
The town of Wardensville does not
have a spare pump for their water plant.
Therefore, if the water pumps fails, the
businesses and residents will be without
water. “If I don’t have water, I can’t open
my business,” said Doug Coffman, owner
of the Kac-Ka-Pon Restaurant.
But the council ignored the issue and
spent the majority of the meeting discuss-
ing who can use the fitness and commu-
nity center, whether the pool should be
opened next year, what authority the may-
or has and whether town funds should be
used to pay for Halloween candy.
The Wardensville Council met on Mon-
day, Dec. 8 with nearly 40 people in at-
In March, the main pump at the War-
densville water plant stopped working
and the spare pump was installed. The
bad pump was sent out for repair. It was
returned too damaged to repair last week.
“They told us the pump was not fix-
able,” said Brad Dyer. “If the existing
pump stops working, it’s the only one we
have. A new one is about $14,000. We
have enough water in the tank for 2 or 3
or 4 days, but we definitely need another
The council took no action.
Mayor Barbara Ratcliff report-
ed the West Virginia Supreme
Court of Appeals ruled in favor of
the town in the dispute regarding a
coffee shop with video lottery ter-
minals proposed by John and Betsy
In 2013, the Sayers applied for a
nonconforming use permit to open
a business selling coffee, alcoholic
beverages, baked goods and engag-
ing in video lottery play. According
to state code, businesses that wish
to lease video lottery terminals
must have a Class B liquor license.
The town rejected the applica-
tion and the Sayers’ went to court.
Ratcliff also reported the Hardy
County Chamber of Commerce
provided $300 for flags and signage
for the Visitor’s Center.