The Chapmanville Regional High and Chapmanville Middle Schools archery team was honored for improving their scores in the state competition and Harli Dingess was recognized for placing second in the Elementary division.
"Its an honor to have a relative new sport in Chapmanville and to have them do so well so fast," said Jerry Price Jr., mayor of Chapmanville. Also honored was Chapmanville resident Mike Collins. Collins, also know as Michael Knost, recently won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award in England.
"Mike is a real good friend," said Mayor Price. "Many people do not know the things he does behind the scenes for Chapmanville. He not only does radio commercials and ads free of charge, but also goes around and gathers the information to do them."
"It was an honor to go to England to be honored and it is an honor to be honored tonight by my peers," Collins said in accepting the plaque.
Following the presentations of plaques, the town council heard from project coordinator Brian Kirkendoll.
Kirkendoll brought the council up-to-date on a Efficient Energy and Conservation Block Grant Program where the grant money is allocated for courthouses and city/town halls with up to $200,000 available. This money would be used for roof repair, windows, and heating and cooling system; the purchase of a 2007 Hughes 8 foot trailer with grant money from the West Virginia Development Office. The trailer will be used to transport street department equipment; up dates on a project in cooperation of the Logan County Commission on a soccer complex at Saw Mill. A conceptual drawing was presented which showed three soccer fields could be utilized on property leased from a resident on Saw Mill; the receipt of $2,000 from the Logan County Commission for the annual Town of Chapmanville Fish Fry; a lighting estimate for the Corridor G bridges from the Department of Highways; working on obtaining capital to purchase a TowVac pull-behind street sweeper. The sweeper would cost $13,500 and commitments for $2,000 has been obtained. Kirkendoll is working with local business partners to obtain the rest, and the collection of $40,000 in delinquent Business and Occupational taxes. Price reported that there were more than one hundred children in the Chapmanville area that travels out of the area to play soccer.
"These fields will allow them to stay closer to home and would bring in other teams to play here," Price said.
The Chapmanville Police Department reported that there were 38 citations issued for the month of March with several arrests made and nine complaints taken. The Department also completed their annual firearms qualifications in Boone County. The Department also transported water and food to the Upper Big Branch Mining Disaster in Raleigh County to family members of the miners involved in April 5th tragedy where 29 miners died in a mine explosion.
The Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department reported that they made a total of 18 calls during March including six motor vehicle accidents; one vehicle in distress; one person in distress; one motor vehicle fire; three structure fires; two rescues (locked cars); two calls to assist the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and two calls were cancelled enroute. There was also a discussion on purchasing tires for two vehicles and some cosmetic work on the fire station. "Our station is in bad shape," Price said. "The next big structure fire in town could be the fire station. We run more calls than anybody in the county with the exception of Logan and we have the worst building." Sally Stollings, event coordinator for the town, reported that more than 200 children attended the town's annual Easter Egg Hunt and that 1,800 eggs were available to be found.