The Miss Ripley Fourth of July pageant was recently held at the Ripley High School auditorium where RHS senior Kelsey Hill was named the 2019 Miss Ripley Fourth of July.

As the first official duty of Miss Ripley Fourth of July, Hill met with the Ripley City Council at the Tuesday evening meeting to introduce herself and a couple of her sister queens.

Hill expressed her excitement to begin her reign as queen over the town in which she has grown up. She advised Mayor Carolyn Rader that she is willing to help promote the town in any way she can and looks forward to representing her title during the Fourth of July festivities, throughout the coming year, and also at the West Virginia Fairs and Festivals pageant in January of 2020.

Also attending the meeting were the Mrs. queen Megan Crow and Pre-Teen/Jr. Teen Sophia Wigal. Both Crow and Wigal will assist Hill in her duties by helping beautify and promote the town of Ripley.

In other business:

• Ronn, the new K-9 officer for the City of Ripley, was introduced to the council.

• Council approved the minutes from the previous meeting as read.

• Council approved the payment of financial statements and budget revision as presented by Tom Armstead.

• Susie Azevedo from Congressman Alex Mooney’s office read a letter of recommendation from Mooney regarding a million dollar grant needed to assist with the sewer project for the City of Ripley.

• Ripley City Chief of Police Brad Anderson reported the department is down an officer due to an injury that they will have more information on after May 29. He advised the council that they were pleased with the recognition they received for Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. Anderson said people brought them food and treats to show their thanks for the work they have done in Ripley.

• Doug Skeen reported he will be in mandatory training for flood relief managers on June 9 and will report back once completed. Skeen also discussed the ongoing project with Home Rule and feels things are progressing as hoped. The first reading of the ordinance of the submission of the plan will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 4.

• Matt Anderson noted progress with the USDA grant regarding the erosion issue under the dam and stated they will be taking opening bids on the repairs beginning June 12.

• Kevin Harris presented the council with a list of projects they have worked on the past seven years to show them the great things they have accomplished.

• Rader reported on the status of the BAD Buildings project. She noted there were a few issues discovered, but nothing that would be considered dilapidated. Rader reiterated that the purpose of the project is to locate and notify citizens who have issues that the city wants to “help them not hurt them” in any way.

• Rader updated the council on the grand opening of the City Park, which will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. There will be 40 remote control cars there to race on the new RC Track.

• Rader recommended the hiring of Bradley Coalgrove and Gordon Sheets for the position of park attendants. Council accepted the recommendation.

• Rader invited council, queens, and all in attendance to a Memorial Day ceremony on the courthouse lawn at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27.