Kiwanis Club forming in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN – A member of the Kiwanis Club of North Parkersburg spoke to Williamstown City Council Tuesday to announce the formation of a new Kiwanis Club of Williamstown.

“Williamstown used to have a Kiwanis Club in the community and now they don’t after years of inactivity,” said Lois Meadows with the Kiwanis Club of North Parkersburg. “I have spoken with Mayor (Jean) Ford and others and we are working to charter a new Kiwanis Club in Williamstown.”

Meadows, a retired third-grade teacher at Emerson Elementary, said that along with the Kiwanis Club, there will also be a new Key Club at Williamstown High School and K Kids at Williamstown Elementary School.

“There are a couple charter members who have committed to doing these clubs,” she said.

Those who want to join the newly founded organization can get information at the Williamstown City Building on W. Fifth Street, across from Tomlinson Park.

“When we think about the legacy we have left our children, let it be one where they have learned to serve those in their community to make it a better place,” Meadows said.

Ford said it is nice to know the organization will again be in the community.

“It was wonderful when we had it before and to know we are going to do this again,” she said.

In other business:

* Council was told by city attorney Blaine Myers the proposed ordinance for a non-jailable offense to be cited through municipal court rather than Wood County Magistrate Court at an officer’s discretion is not possible.

“I don’t think this suggestion – it’s a creative idea – is workable,” Myers said.

He said state code typically covers even local traffic violations.

* Tuesday was the final day for the city swimming pool for this season, said Councilwoman Barbara Lewis.

“It did well for all of the bad rains we had,” Lewis said. “When it wasn’t raining, the pool was full.”