The Marine Corps League hosted a car show on the Municipal ParkingLot in Ripley on June 1. Cavalcade of Customs was sponsored by the Cpl. Walter L. Mann Detachment 1065 and was a free community event.
Shaun Scott with the Marine Corps League recently shared his excitement for the event with the Ripley City Council during a Tuesday evening council meeting.
Scott reported that there was an increase from 23 vehicles last year to 60 for 2019. The lot was full of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even tractors which were displayed for all to see.
Food vendors were set up for those needing to fuel their bellies while checking out the wide array of custom craftsmanship. The BBQ vendor sold out added Scott.
“We were excited to have the amount of entries we did, but we could have had several more,” Scott said. “The weather forecast scared off a few.”
Scott is hoping to grow the number to 100 entries for next year and would like to add additional activities to the event such as a parade and live musical entertainment in the future.
“The DJ was awesome and has already said they would like to come back. We would also like to have a parade through town,” Scott said. “It would be great to start at the high school and end in the Municipal Parking Lot. We want this to become a tradition, an event to kick off the summer season in Ripley.”
Scott noted the parade was his wife’s idea and Mayor Carolyn Rader agreed that it was a good idea and something they will need to work together on to make come to fruition.
All money raised from the event goes to purchasing items for veterans in assisted living homes in Jackson County during the Christmas holiday. Scott feels they deserve to know we still care and appreciate the sacrifices they made.
After hearing Scott’s request, Council gave the approval for the date of the next Cavalcade of Customs to take place on the Municipal Parking Lot on June 6, 2020. Parade information and further details will follow as available.
In other business:
• Council approved the minutes to the previous meeting as read.
• The financial statements were approved by the council.
• Chief of Police Brad Anderson reported that officer Skurupey was still doing well at the Police Academy and noted that officer Cullen will be starting the academy on July 25 and officer Gaskins will follow in August. Anderson also mentioned that Ronn has been a great addition to the force and is working out nicely.
• Jim Mitchem reported that the sand bags are still holding the dam.
• Matt Anderson followed up that they have found a contractor for the project and they are just waiting to hear back on the grant approval to begin.
• Doug Skeen shared that he recently attended the best Flood Plan Management program he has ever attended. He said FEMA hired 13 for the West Virginia team and will be adding 17 more in the near future. Skeen noted that he is required to take six hours per year of flood plan training. He said he is still working on the digital plan map through ESRI as well as a source water protection grant for fencing, lighting, and cameras. In addition, Skeen reported that five of the cameras at the Ripley City Park will be rewired to fix some issues.
• Council approved the second reading of the ordinance authorizing the issuance of water system bond and grant anticipation notes, series 201, in an amount not to exceed $1.5 million. Rader commented that this would be a worse case scenario and only if the grant falls through.
• Council accepted the second reading of the Home Rule Ordinance.
• Mike Wilt, volunteer director of the Food Pantry at Calvary United Methodist Church requested the council assist the church by marking a section of the sidewalk on the Court Street side of the building as a loading and unloading zone only. He said they unloaded over 9,000 pounds of food recently and there were issues in delivery due to vehicles parking in front of the doors. Council approved his request and a sign located in front of the church will be moved to the side and yellow lines will be painted to indicate no parking. Wilt addressed the council on another issue involving parking in the lot behind the church. This issue will be addressed accordingly.
• In old business, the council approved an agreement between the City of Ripley and the Jackson County Board of Education.
• Mayor Rader reported that she has been in contact with channel 13 news who will be live streaming the Ripley Fourth of July parade again this year. She noted that last year it had over 90,000 views.
• During public forum, the co-owner of the Suboxone clinic shared with the council how the program works and the ways it is helping the City of Ripley with the opioid epidemic. Concerns were noted between both the clinic and the council. Rader thanked them for the information.
• Next City Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 in the Ripley Municipal Building located at 203 Church Street South.