MOUNT HOPE, WV (WOAY) – Wednesday night the newly elected city council of Mount Hope took the oath of office. The council has both returning and new members who are excited to serve the city.
One of the returning members is the mayor of Mount Hope, Michael Kessinger.
“It’s exciting when folks believe in you and you’re able to be re-elected. It also allows you to continue the plans that we’ve laid out and some of the projects that we are just starting and have been working on over the last couple of years.” Kessinger said.
Along side the returning members is the new recorder for the city council, Linda Brown, who’s husband is also on the council and has been there for several years. Mrs. Brown has been to numerous city council meetings with her husband and has experience in taking notes for other organizations within the city.
“I’ve been taking notes for various other organizations and I’ve been doing that for quite awhile. So I’m just taking on a new role of doing it now for the city.” Brown said.
Over the course of the last term, the city council was able to bring in new infrastructure to the city and even a new business. This term the council is working to create more recreational trails in partnership with Active Southern West Virginia.
“In the last terms we were able to do quite a bit of annexation.” Mayor Kessinger said. “We were able to bring the old Georgia Pacific plant into the city and an exit around the bypass and we’re also working on a rail trail with Active Southern West Virginia which would connect us to the summit and connect us to some other hiking and biking trails in the region.”
The mayor also mentioned that the city council has a great reputation with the people within the city and is made up of people who care and love Mount Hope.
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