PIEDMONT - Piedmont's mayor Ben Smith gave his report to the town council members on Wednesday, speaking about the upcoming 2020 Census.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Piedmont’s mayor Ben Smith gave his report to the town council members on Wednesday, speaking about the upcoming 2020 Census.
Smith suggested the members of the city council “become involved with this,” saying he was somewhat apprehensive to realize that Piedmont is involved with the Cumberland Metropolitan Census area.
He said the income of Piedmont citizens “is connected to the Cumberland Metro area.”
“The income of those in the Cumberland area is three times what Piedmont has,” Smith said.
Commissioner Paula Boggs said that the comparison of income of the two cities “hurts us all around.”
Smith said that he has sought to find out the connection of having Piedmont grouped with the Cumberland area, and, “I was told no one ever inquired about this.”
Although the Cumberland Metro Census area includes Mineral County, Smith would desire to have the two separated.
In other business, Piedmont will be moving forward to sell several items of the city’s equipment and vehicles, with an advertisement to be published for bids to be accepted in February.
Smith said that according to the West Virginia Municipal League, because the combination of the minimum bids for the four items will be over $999, an advertisement process is necessary.
To be sold will be a Ford Crown Victoria, a Jeep, a dump truck, and a Dodge Durango.
An appointment was given to Boggs, who was voted to be the alternate for Smith, to attend the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce meetings, when he is unable to attend.