The Sistersville Park and Pool Committee continues to improve the town's facilities and plan for future events.
Committee member Audist Pancake said they are planning a special tribute to mothers to be staged in Sistersville Park on May 9, beginning at 7 p.m. Among other things, Tom and T.J. Gray will be bringing their music to entertain all and honor mothers.
Also, on May 1, the National Day of Prayer, a special time of prayer will be held at the John Pancake Pavilion in the park. Pastor Bill Dawson of the Sistersville United Methodist Church proposed the idea. He said in the past the annual event had been held in Middlebourne. This year they wanted to do simultaneous prayers in Middlebourne and Sistersville for those who could not travel to the courthouse.
The prayer will begin at noon. Several pastors will be involved and attendees will pray for local, county, state, and national leaders. The shelter is being utilized in case of raining and so people can have a seat, if desired.
Pancake brought a bucket of trash with her to the council meeting, saying it contained a large amount of litter she had just picked up at the park, particularly around the basketball court. She said litter is a common problem at the park and she would like to see the whole community step up and keep their park clean. It will take everyone's effort, she said.
When council approved the usual requests for Sistersville High School Alumni festivities May 23-24. Pancake asked that if they need extra days to clean the old school's gymnasium, in the James E. Willison Family Center, the alumni association be allowed to do that. She said in the past the city crew has been pulled to do that work.
Also at the April 14 council meeting, council unanimously approved the first reading of an amended parking ordinance on Riverside Drive. It would prohibit overnight parking on Riverside Drive between Diamond and Catherine streets.
Councilman Harold Dally asked who was on the committee to study the issue before making that motion. Councilman Phil Konopacky said there was no committee, it came from a complaint of a box truck that was parked there and hasn't moved since Thanksgiving.
"It's not a storage lot down there," said Konopacky.
He said the matter was conferred with Police Chief Ben Placer and City Attorney Carolyn Flannery.