More water problems voiced at City Council meeting yesterday

Richwood, WV – The Richwood City Council met in regular session yesterday evening, June 6, 2019, at the Richwood City Hall.

To start, Councilwoman Sherry Chapman led in prayer, which then led us all into voicing the pledge of allegiance.

Then, Dianne Spencer was sworn in as the new Councilwoman for Ward 2.

Once Councilwoman Spencer was sworn in, she took her seat, and the Council informed the populace that it had been approved to go ahead and demolish nineteen vacant or condemned houses and part of the Cherry River Plaza. Along with that, the yellow road lines on Main Street, beside the Mountaineer Mart, will soon get repainted.

Once that conversation finished, Councilman Jimmy Gladwell led straight into nominations. He said, “Mayor Chris Drennen has nominated Amy Cottrill to be the Flood Plane Administrator.” After that, Mr. Gladwell stated, “She [Amy Cottrill] has finished training, and she is good to go.” When asked, “Do you feel good about this, Jimmy?” Gladwell responded by saying, “Yes, I do feel good about her [Amy Cottrill] doing this job.”

When the Gladwell asked the Council if they had any comments, Councilman Britt Nicholas was quick to respond.

“We have two water problems. We have one who has to keep a pump running at her house all the time. Something must be done. I mean, this has been going on since the 2016 flood,” Nicholas stated.

One Richwood resident who has faced water problems for some time attended the meeting yesterday evening. When asked about her situation, she said, “I am getting flooded on both sides. I have talked to Chris, and she has even come over to see what’s going on. Every time I come to the City Hall, though, she is either not here or just busy. I have talked to Chris way too many times, I’m tired of it, and I am done.”

After pleading her case, Councilman Jimmy Gladwell told her he and the city would do everything they can to help solve her water problem.

Finally, the City Council voted to adjourn.

The next City Council meeting is going to be held on June 20, 2019, at the Richwood City Hall.

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Jharad K. McClung-Lester

Jharad K. McClung Lester is the founder of The Richwood Leader. He's a bi-weekly columnist at the Rogue Review, and has words published in the Charleston Gazette, Lone Conservative, and FlipSide News.
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