Ford appoints two Williamstown residents to council

WILLIAMSTOWN – Two residents of Williamstown were appointed to the Wood County Alternative Transportation Council by Mayor Jean Ford during the regular city council meeting Tuesday.

“I received a letter from the (Wood) county commission requesting I appoint two people to represent Williamstown on the new countywide alternate transportation committee,” Ford said.

The two people Ford chose to sit on the board with representatives from around the county were Williamstown resident Lloyd Roberts and longtime city councilman Marty Seufer, who is an avid bicyclist.

“We had a gentleman, Lloyd Roberts come to us and really was enthusiastic wanting to be part of this,” Ford said.

When naming Seufer, Ford said he is the “best person” she knows to represent Williamstown on this committee.

“I know he is incredibly busy, but he is the most interested person I know in the trails,” she added.

In July, the Wood County Commission unanimously approved the legislation to create the alternative transportation council, which will facilitate, coordinate and plan area trail systems.

These two Williamstown representatives will join 18 other people appointed to two-year terms by the county commission, municipalities, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, West Virginia Department of Transportation, West Virginia Department of State Parks, Wood County Parks and local history groups.

The council will facilitate a system of interconnected landscape linkages, conservation corridors, greenbelts, transportation and recreational corridors and trails, regional parks and preserves, ecological sites, cultural/historic/recreation sites using land-based trails connecting urban, suburban and rural areas of the county and facilitate creation and expansion of the countywide system of water trails.

The council will create, implement and maintain a master plan for the Wood County Alternative Transportation System, maintain an inventory of the system, recommend priorities in the trails system, promote greenways and trails, support organizations, and support the system through engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation. Development of the trails will likely come from grant funding, organizers said.

“This is something Lloyd and I plan to report back to council periodically on,” Seufer told Ford. “A lot of people have told us they would like a trail in Williamstown and we can take what we learn in the county meetings and bring it to the city level.”

Ford also reminded community members that the 2013 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival will run Friday through Sunday in Marietta with Williamstown holding festivities on Saturday.

“This coming weekend is Sternwheel weekend,” Ford said. “The weather is supposed to be beautiful and I’m sure there will be a lot of people coming to Williamstown for the weekends.”

Beginning early Saturday afternoon, the Williamstown boat ramp will host games for kids, food and novelty vendors and live entertainment.

From 1 to 4 p.m., Triple Threat will perform, followed by Loose As It Gets from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Killin’ Time from 8 p.m. to the beginning of the fireworks display.