WILLIAMSTOWN - City council was told there is interest from outside parties in the upcoming possible assessment of trees during the meeting Tuesday.
Councilwoman Barbara Lewis, also chair of the city's tree commission, said urban forestry coordinator Bob Hannah with the West Virginia Division of Forestry is interested in helping the city pay for an expert to do the assessment.
"He said the Division of Forestry is working on a grant and if they get it, we could possibly receive part of it to pay for the assessment," Lewis said. "He also said, if they don't get the grant, he could help us to find grant funds on our own to get the expert here."
Lewis announced during the Feb. 4 council meeting the tree committee planned to do the assessment to not only learn what types of trees the city has, but to also learn if the trees are healthy, fix the trees that can be and replace those that cannot.
"It will also be an inventory of the city's trees," Lewis said. "It is a big job and we want to do it right with a professional."
Williamstown has hundreds, if not thousands of trees and is proud to celebrate its 30th year as a Tree City USA.
"Williamstown is the longest-running Tree City USA in the state of West Virginia," said Councilman Marty Seufer.
The tree committee is planning a celebration to take place on National Arbor Day, April 25.
In other business:
* The city handed out its first lifeguard application for the upcoming sixth season of the Williamstown Healthy Lifestyle Swimming Pool, said Lewis.
"Anyone who wants to be a lifeguard can to come to the city building and get an application," she said
Those who cannot afford the classes and certification costs are encouraged to apply either way.
"Mike Bishman (the city's management) has ways to work with those people," Lewis added.
* Mayor Jean Ford thanked the city's maintenance crew for its dedication to the residents during this winter's snowstorms.
"I have to praise our fellows for taking care of the snow and making sure the roads were safe," she said. "They have been working very hard and have gone out no matter what time it is to clear the snow."