The first meeting of the Chapmanville Town Council where the entirety of the newly elected council was in attendance kept a quick pace and saw the council take action by approving funding draw downs for library funding and grants and securing a new temporary location for council activity and meetings.
New business at the meeting began with the approval of the first draw down for library funding. The council had previously entered into an agreement for use of the old library building for $6,000 a year. The first draw down was unanimously approved for $2,000. The Chapmanville Girl’s Softball Association was also granted funding in the amount of $1,250 to be redeemed by invoice.
The council approved the final two draw downs for phase one of the Big Harts water project totaling over $11,000, and the town has already began making progress on applying for funding for the phase two.
Public comments at the meeting began with a message from Congressman Evan Jenkins presented through his local field representative Chad Story. Story read a letter of support from Jenkins concerning the town of Chapmanville’s application for the grant funds for phase two of the Big Harts Water Project saying, “It is my understanding that funding for this grant will enhance and extend water and waste water service to 400 residents in Chapmanville and the surrounding communities. With phase one of the water project of the water project already funded…this grant will provide funding necessary…to complete the extension of water service…”
The council also explored the possibility of conducting an audit on the business and occupation tax collection system for Chapmanville. Currently, the town’s business and occupation tax system operates on the honor system by allowing business owners to declare how much they annually make and then basing their tax rate on that declaration. The council discussed the possibilities of having a financial firm do a review of the business and occupation tax system in Chapmanville and requiring businesses to submit the rest of their tax forms along with their business and occupation tax information.
Following a quick executive session, the council announced they will begin the process of moving to the old eye and ear clinic. Until the new multipurpose Town Hall building has been built, the council agreed to share financial responsibility for the building that housed the old eye and ear clinic with the water department for $750 a month. The next meeting of the Chapmanville Town Council will be on Sept. 14, 2015.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]