WILLIAMSBURG -- Williamsburg City Council unanimously passed a resolution during its regular monthly meeting on Monday that would allow the city to file paperwork in an attempt to be reimbursed by FEMA for past projects.
"The main reason we're having this meeting tonight is we need to pass a resolution that allows us to start going after the FEMA money for reimbursement now," said Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison. "If we pass this resolution, the paperwork is going to be on the fast track."
Harrison applied for funds to assist the city in completing multiple projects back in August. The projects were approved at the time. Those projects included repairing Briar Creek Bridge, 1st Street Bridge, Incline Drive and Woodlawn Creek, as well as, repairing two spots on Mt. Morgan Road.
The money being applied for is made possible by the Disaster Relief Act or is otherwise available from the President's Disaster Relief Fund.
"It's a resolution that we can start filing the paperwork to get our money back," Harrison clarified. "We'll start filing those papers tomorrow," he said after the council's unanimous approval to move forward with the resolution.
Mayor Harrison also reflected on the past month for the city of Williamsburg during the City Council Meeting.
"To say the least, the month of October was a wild month of events in the 'Burg. It was crazy. There was something every weekend, and every weekend was a huge success," he said.
During the month of October, Williamsburg saw events like River Fog where Harrison says an estimated 700 people attended. Jeep Jamboree was also held last month. Harrison says this year's jamboree saw 265 jeeps, and about 450 participants leading to an economic impact of over $130,000 for the city over a three-day period. Mayor Harrison was also impressed by the city's first ghost walk tour, adding that there was around 140 people who participated.
"Whitley County's drama class did an excellent job telling the stories and taking people around," Harrison said.
University of the Cumberlands held its homecoming, which was kicked off by students participating in Pats Serve and completing community projects throughout the city. The city held a trunk-or-treat event at Kentucky Splash Waterpark that council members said went really well. City Council members shared praise for the city's sanitation workers and firefighters for participating in the event and for allowing children to check out their service vehicles.
"It was just a great public service," said Councilwoman Patty Faulkner.
Williamsburg was also one of three cities which hosted Vice President Mike Pence this last weekend. Harrison praised the city's police for their work during the Vice President's visit.
"October and the first weekend in November have been a complete success for the city of Williamsburg," said Harrison.
In other city council business:
-- Council Member Erica Harris brought up concerns about the lack of a stop sign at the corner of Sycamore Street and 8th Street. She asks that a stop sign be placed there.
-- There will be no City Council meeting in the month of December, unless there is an emergency.
-- City Hall will be closed on Nov. 28-29 for Thanksgiving.
-- The annual Turkey Trot will be held on Thursday, Nov. 28. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at City Hall. The event race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
-- On Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the O. Wayne Rollins Center, the University of the Cumberlands will be hosting its Christmas at the Cumberlands event. The concert is free to the public.
-- From Dec. 9-13, the city will be hosting its Christmas decorations contest for businesses and residents of Williamsburg. Anyone who lives within city limits is able to participate.
Mayor Harrison says judges drive from city line to city line looking for participants, but also asks that anyone who wants to ensure that their decorations are considered in the contest call City Hall and inform them.
-- On Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Christmas Bazaar will be held by Williamsburg Tourism. The city will host its Christmas parade later that evening, starting at 6 p.m.
Mayor Harrison says this year's parade will have a new category to be judged: golf carts. Anyone who is interested in entering the golf cart contest or wants more information on the parade is encouraged to contact City Hall.
-- This year's Shop with a Cop event will be held on Dec. 19 starting at 5 p.m. at Williamsburg's Walmart.
-- City Hall will be closed Dec. 24-25 for Christmas.