PIEDMONT - Soon Piedmont will be changing the dates for holding the two council meetings per month, and perhaps the time of the start of the meetings may go to earlier in the day.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Soon Piedmont will be changing the dates for holding the two council meetings per month, and perhaps the time of the start of the meetings may go to earlier in the day.
Mayor Paula Boggs has been in contact with the West Virginia Municipal League to gain information on how to proceed with the suggested changes.
She said that she had “looked through the charter and it states the meetings are to be held on the first and third Wednesdays.
Boggs added that Piedmont’s charter can be changed only through the process of adopting a new ordinance.
“I don’t know when the meetings were changed to the second and fourth Wednesdays,” she said, but recalled that in the 1970s, “Meetings were held on Mondays.”
A vote among the council members was approved to change the town council meetings back to what was stated in the charter as the first and third Wednesdays.
The council had previously discussed the possibility of having only one meeting per month, instead of two.
Boggs said the municipal league said to continue to schedule the two meetings per month, and, “If there is not anything planned for the second meeting, it could be cancelled.”
She said that according to the information she received from the municipal league, “Meetings can be held by phone.”
The time of the day for the council meetings was also discussed, and Boggs said, “The meetings do not have to be in the evening,” while she added that two of the elected town officials work at their jobs in the evenings.
“The meetings could be at one or two o’clock in the afternoon, Boggs said.
The selection of a time to hold the Piedmont council meetings will be an action item on the agenda of the next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m.
Another business item brought before the Piedmont council was the acceptance of the resignation of Jim Cummings, police chief, effective Aug. 30, and the resignation of Clayton Perry, patrolman, effective Aug. 17.
Boggs said that being in this emergency situation with no police in the community, “We should consider Robbie Smith, who is still on our books as a sergeant.”
She said that in speaking to Smith, he is willing to return as part of the police force for Piedmont, but only on a part-time basis.
Boggs had also contacted Eric Veach, a former town police officer, and he can start right away, also as part-time.
She said Veach is certified, and he can do in-house training.
The council members agreed to advertise for a third part-time officer and a requirement would be that the one to be hired, according to Boggs, is that they are certified, and, “someone we don’t have to send to the police academy.”
She said that with three part-time police officers, “They together could put in 40 hours a week.”