PIEDMONT - Paula Boggs was appointed during the Tuesday evening Piedmont council meeting to serve as the acting mayor; temporarily taking the place of mayor Ben Smith.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Paula Boggs was appointed during the Tuesday evening Piedmont council meeting to serve as the acting mayor; temporarily taking the place of mayor Ben Smith.
Smith, who is in his second term of office, requested and was granted a leave of absence by the city’s commissioners for a period of at least four months.
He stated the reason was medical related.
Boggs is a long-time member of the Piedmont Council, serving as parks and recreation commissioner, and she is the director of the Piedmont Library.
In other business, assistant city clerk Carrie Lewis stated that two Keyser residents were present at the council meeting to develop plans of transporting youths from Keyser to Piedmont to take advantage of the activities at the local swimming pool.
Keyser’s swimming pool will not reopen this summer.
Lewis said Shawn Synder and Billy Zacot spoke to the council members to find a way to bring the young people from Keyser to Piedmont.
Still in the early stages of planning and gathering information, no decision was made on this matter.
During the council meeting, Susie Clark, building commissioner, announced a meeting will be held on April 24, at 6 p.m., at the Piedmont American Legion, to bring to the forefront the need to “get rid of the dilapidated buildings in Piedmont.”
The program will be conducted through West Virginia BAD (Brownfield Abandoned Dilapidated) Building Program.