Council Proclaims National Day of Prayer
New Martinsville City Council voted unanimously to join communities across the United States in proclaiming this Thursday as the National Day of Prayer.
During Monday’s meeting Amy Witschey, local chairperson of the special day, appeared before council to seek their approval of a proclamation of the day. She shared that the theme for this year’s day is “For Your great name’s sake! Hear us… forgive us… heal us!” The theme comes from the Bible verse, Daniel 9:19, “Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
A prayer service will be held on the Wetzel County Courthouse steps Thursday at 7 p.m. All are invited to join with others to pray for this nation. The program will specifically pray for seven areas of life: government, church, military, family, education, media, and business.
In case of inclement weather, the evening prayer service will be moved indoors to the First Church of God, 255 Russell Ave., near the care center and WalMart.
In addition to the service that evening, the National Day of Prayer will also be marked by a breakfast at 6 a.m. and following time of prayer at the First Baptist Church on Fourth Street. All are invited to attend both events.
Council approved a second proclamation Monday evening. They declared May as Electrical Safety Month. Mayor Steven Bohrer called on citizens to participate in electrical safety month activities and to do an electrical safety check in their homes, schools, and workplaces.
In other electric department news, they will be interviewing for two positions that are opening up. They will start the interview process on Thursday.
Also during Monday’s meeting, council agreed to go out for bids for a new ladder truck for the New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department. Councilwoman Holly Grandstaff said Fire Chief Rick Myers and Dawn Myers had put much time in researching a ladder truck for the department. Now specifications were ready for the bid advertisement.
Mayor Bohrer asked council to address a request from Sam and Sherron Winer, owners of Powerboat Superleague, to rename River Lane between North and Jefferson streets as Regatta Fest Way. “There are no addresses there so it shouldn’t complicate things,” noted Bohrer.
Before any discussion could ensue, Recorder Bonnie Shannon noted that it was not listed on the agenda, so no action could be taken. It will be placed on the agenda of a special meeting to be held next week.
New Martinsville has a long history of hosting regattas on the Ohio River. For the sixth consecutive year RegattaFest will be held in downtown New Martinsville and on the adjacent stretch of river. The area near the portion of River Lane in question is the prime area for spectators. This year the event will be held on Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1. In the last five years there have been 43 new records set. It has made an economic impact of an estimated $775,000.