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Richwood City Council Meeting

Richwood, WV – With only four councilmembers in attendance, the Richwood City Council held their council meeting yesterday evening, May 16, 2019, at the Richwood City Hall.

To begin the session, Richwood’s Chief of Police, Chuck Burkhamer, led in prayer.

After that, the council decided to hold its next Finance Committee meeting on May 22, 2019, at 6 P.M., and they decided to have the next Airport Authority meeting on May 21, 2019, at 6 P.M.

Following that, Mayor Chris Drennen asked the council, “Are there any recommendations?”

Chief of Police, Chuck Burkhamer, had a couple of comments to make.

“First off, our boy is back,” Burkhamer said, referring to Officer Cody Lowe. “Cody Lowe has graduated from the State Police Academy,” Officer Burkhamer said as the residents in attendance applauded and cheered.

Then, Burkhamer went on to give a list of the total arrests and citations recorded through March and April.

Once we in attendance settled down a bit, Mayor Drennen asked if there were any councilperson comments.

“Everybody needs to keep their grass mowed,” Councilwoman Robin Brown said, adding, “We have had a lot of citations in Ward Four. It is a simple task. Please keep your yard mowed.”

Along with Councilwoman Brown’s comment, Anne Spencer reminded the public that, “We need to fill these empty council seats, so please try and get the word out to others.”

Then, finally, the community announcements began.

To start, Mayor Drennen informed the public that, “The D.E.P. (Department of Environmental Protection) has honored Richwood with an award recognizing the significance of the Helios Park Storm Project.” You can read more about that by clicking here.

After announcing that great accomplishment, Mayor Drennen displayed to the public the 2019 Motorcycle Tourism Map. Drennen told all in attendance, “Everything that Richwood has to offer is everything these [motorcyclists] enjoy.” The town of Richwood has the most prominent advertisement on the map.

Once she finished, Councilman Britt Nicholas had a quick comment to make.

“I’d like you all to consider Diane Spencer to be the Councilwoman in Ward Two. She is always commenting and suggesting solutions about what is going on in the town, and I think she would be a great fit on the council,” Nicholas said.

After Diane Spencer was nominated, she happily accepted it; the council and residents all applauded with a smile on their face.

To end the council meeting, Richwood resident Norville Clark questioned Mayor Drennen about the money issue and the State Auditor’s ongoing investigation. Drennen informed Mr. Clark that she had given the State her AccuFund login so that they can trace the money used during the 2016 flood relief.

“You have given me a serious amount of relief by just saying that,” Clark said, also adding, “That is going to take so much pressure off of this community, so thank you for telling me that.”

“We care about our town, and we care about the public,” Mayor Chris Drennen replied.

To conclude, Anne Spencer made a motion to adjourn, and the session came to a close.

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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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