PIEDMONT - Selling the city lot, located next to the council building, has been on the Piedmont government agenda several times, and at the Wednesday evening meeting, a motion was passed to move forward with the sale of the property.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Selling the city lot, located next to the council building, has been on the Piedmont government agenda several times, and at the Wednesday evening meeting, a motion was passed to move forward with the sale of the property.
Several months ago, West Virginia University made an offer to purchase the property for a parking lot for a WVU-sponsored health clinic for the price of $2,500.
Unsure how to handle the sale, mayor Ben Smith had said, “When we sell the property, we need to do it right.”
An option to go through a bid process proved to be too costly, when Vicki Smith, finance commissioner, said the advertisements to receive bids would be close to $1,600.
At the Wednesday meeting, Susie Clark, building commissioner, made a motion to “sell the lot directly to WVU,” and the council members agreed on this business.
The council members will now wait on WVU to contact them about the city lot.
Signed in to make comments to the council, local citizen Dale Clark spoke about a concern of having a drone fly in a low position over his property several times.
“There is no reason to have a drone fly around my home,” he said, as he added, “It was flying right in my driveway.”
He asked the question of the next time the drone is over his house,  “Will it be looking in my house?”
Phil Hollingsworth, city clerk, said that she was familiar with the one guiding the drone over Piedmont, and she will speak to them about this situation.