Wardensville Weighs Opening Town Services

“We didn’t really close the park, although the bathrooms were closed,” said Wardensville Mayor Betsy Orndoff-Sayers. “People who were using the park were just walking.”

The majority of discussion at the June 8 Wardensville Council meeting related to opening town services that were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those services included the fitness center, the Wardensville Library, the Visitor’s Center, the J. Allen Hawkins Park and Town Hall. 

“We’ve talked with the staff at Town Hall,” Orndoff-Sayers said. “We’ve discussed opening by appointment only. We would require masks – both staff and visitors.”

Orndoff-Sayers said the staff suggested converting a window to a walk-up window. It was also suggested the office be cleaned weekly instead of bi-weekly. 

The library and visitor’s center were next on the list.

“Do we need a barrier between the librarian and patrons?” asked Councilwoman Charlotte Bowman.

“At the very least, the staff should wear masks, which we would supply,” Orndoff-Sayers said.

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•The next meeting of the Wardensville Council will be held on Monday, July 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Recently meetings are being held via teleconference and information to participate is available by calling town hall at 304-874-3950. The public is invited to attend.