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Mayor Paul Jordan spoke about Williamstown’s old elementary school at Tuesday’s Williamstown City Council meeting. (Photo by James Dobbs)

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown City Council met Tuesday to discuss progress on Williamstown’s old elementary school and pool.

Councilor Pat Peters was not present at the meeting.

Mayor Paul Jordan said they are still working to gather the information to make a bid to demolish Williamstown’s old elementary school.

Council member Marty Seufer, chief financial officer, said he would like to hold a stakeholder meeting for the community building the council plans to build over the school. The council scheduled a meeting on May 3 at 6 p.m. in the Williamstown Middle/High School Auditorium.

The council plans to invite the district library, Fenton Art Glass, the senior center and the Lions Club to attend the meeting to see if the groups are interested in working with the council at the community center. Seufer said any other area groups looking for a venue that would be interested in helping the council renovate part of the school building or who might want to become tenants in the new community center are welcome to attend the meeting.

Williamstown City Council Treasurer Marty Seufer invited area groups to join the community building project. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Councilor Randy Dick announced that Williamstown Pool’s opening day would be May 28, the Saturday before Memorial Day. Dick said chemical controls for the pool will be installed on April 13th. He also said the city was approved for the Williamstown Fund for Excellence grant by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. He said that $1,075 grant will go towards an automatic vacuum cleaner to clean the pool.

Seufer asked the council to consider a pay rise for elected officials. He said the city pays the council $200 a month and the mayor $1,500 a month. He proposed an increase to $250 for council members and $2,000 for the mayor. He said the change would not go into effect on July 1 for new members.

“We are still miles behind our surrounding cities” said Seifer.

The council approved the first reading and will hold a second reading on the pay rise at the next city council meeting.

Seufer spoke of board meetings and how the ethics committees said that individual public bodies should set their own rules for board meetings. The council approved the first reading to establish policy for executive meetings and will conduct the second reading at the next council meeting.

The council appointed a sidewalk committee to help with the sidewalk project and the $100,000 state grant.

Committee members are Peters, Dan Rinard, Brandon White and Maria Hardy. The first agenda item will be the consideration of two bids for engineering services, which the committee will then refer back to the council for a decision.

Additionally, Public Works will begin street cleaning in the last two weeks of April and begin flushing the fire hydrants in early May.

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