PIEDMONT - The Piedmont council members will have time to decide whether or not to take advantage of the West Virginia P-Card, as this business item was tabled at the Wednesday evening meeting of the local government and will be discussed at a future meeting.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - The Piedmont council members will have time to decide whether or not to take advantage of the West Virginia P-Card, as this business item was tabled at the Wednesday evening meeting of the local government and will be discussed at a future meeting.
Mayor Ben Smith told the council that the card “is for official use only,” and he spoke about “doing things right,” if the card would be obtained for Piedmont.
Assistant city clerk Carrie Lewis explained that the card is “basically for West Virginia municipalities and employees,” and there is a tax incentive for purchases when using the P-Card.
She said that training sessions are available to receive instructions on the usage of the card.
Robbie Smith, police chief, said, “I had a P-Card when I worked in the sheriff’s office,” but he also recalled how a former elected official in one of the county communities “used it wrong.”
He suggested that Lauren Ellifritz, county clerk, be contacted for advice because, “She can direct us on how to use the card.”
Councilman Rick Butler said that he wanted to “learn more about the card before voting” on having the P-Card available for Piedmont.
In another business item, the council members began to make plans for Christmas community activities and Butler and town foreman T.I. Kady will start with searching for a tree to be placed in the downtown area.
Commissioner Susie Clark said that with available Christmas fund money, she will be purchasing red and green 3x5 flags to be placed on poles throughout the community.
She said, “We will still have money from the Christmas Fund to pay for the tree, lights, and decorations.”
Commissioner Paula Boggs added that she will again this year add pine greenery on the light poles, and she encouraged the children of the community to create handmade decorations to place on the Christmas tree.
The Tree lighting ceremony and the annual Christmas Parade has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7.
The next Piedmont city meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8, and will begin at 5:15 p.m., when a public hearing will take place prior to the regular government session to receive comments before the adoption procedure of Ordinance numbers 63 and 63A, both dealing with rental building codes.