PIEDMONT - Mayor Ben Smith told the Piedmont Council members at the recent local government meeting that preliminary plans are being made to meet with the officials of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Mayor Ben Smith told the Piedmont Council members at the recent local government meeting that preliminary plans are being made to meet with the officials of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce.
Smith said John Lecky, interim president of the chamber of commerce, is spearheading the meetings to be scheduled throughout the county, with the first such meeting having already taken place in Elk Garden.
Smith said that through the meetings a message will be given to try to “make every little municipality in Mineral County be part of Mineral County.”
During the meeting held in Elk Garden and those to be scheduled in other areas of Mineral County, Lecky had said that the purpose would be to find the strengths of each community and develop productive plans for each one.
“Over the years, we have felt neglected by the county,” Smith said, pertaining to being in the area of a small community.
He added that Piedmont needs to pull together and he is developing a letter to be sent in all local businesses with an invitation to attend the chamber of commerce meeting.
Smith is in favor, if necessary, of calling a special meeting for the council members to approve the letter that will be sent to all Piedmont businesses.
“We are trying to get all the businesses to unite as part of Mineral County.” Smith said, as he said that Piedmont, Elk Garden, Ridgeley, and all the smaller municipalities should be “known as part of Mineral County.”
He also said, “When the meeting takes place, I am asking for all council members to attend,” as he noted that he already has permission from the Piedmont American Legion to use their meeting room for the Chamber of Commerce meeting.