PIEDMONT - During the government meeting on Wednesday evening, Piedmont mayor Ben Smith gave an overview of what each of the five commissioners has in the way of responsibilities for their appointments on the city council.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - During the government meeting on Wednesday evening, Piedmont mayor Ben Smith gave an overview of what each of the five commissioners has in the way of responsibilities for their appointments on the city council.
He said to Susie Clark, building commissioner, that perhaps the community needed a new ordinance to handle the “unsafe and dilapidated properties.”
Clark on a regular basis gives notice by mail to the owners of property that needs attention as trash removal, and she said during the meeting that seven people have picked up their letters notifying them of the attention needed on their town lots.
She said about those notified, “Some are local owners and some are from out of town,” and, “Once they have to pay the fines out of their pocket, they may clean up their property.”
Smith said in referring to the process taken to notify the property owners and the cleanup, “We need to back up what we say, and the people need to abide by the law.”
Smith said to Rick Butler, streets and roads commissioner, “We need to keep up with what needs to be done” about keeping the streets clean.
In speaking to Dawn Beckner, newly elected council member and water commissioner, Smith said, “I know this is new to you,” and suggested she seek what types of “grants that we can use.”
Smith said that he and Beckner would look over the “financial aspect of running the water plant.”
He also added that a study will be completed on the refurbishing of the raw water system, and three choices could be available in dealing with the results, with having new lines installed, buying the water from Westernport, or doing the same from Keyser.
“You seem to be on top of things,” mayor Smith said to Vicki Smith, finance commissioner, also saying to those attending the meeting, “We owe more than we thought we did, but we will get things straight.”
Paula Boggs, parks and recreation commissioner, told the council that the amount budgeted for the operation of the pool is also supplemented through grants she has obtained.
Smith said he is hopeful that by next summer, “We will not have to search all over for money to find a way to buy paint for the pool.”
Boggs did report that the swimming pool did well this year with attendance, and the last day scheduled for swimming is Sept. 9, and it will be opened prior to that time with evening and weekend hours.
In all aspects of town purchases and costs, Smith said, “We need to have an idea on what we need before it is needed.”