MADISON - It was a night of honors for the City of Madison when they held their regular session on Aug. 5.
First to the stage was the Scott High School baseball team, led by Head Coach and Boone County Commissioner Brett Kuhn. The squad was honored for their 2019 run to the West Virginia State Baseball Tournament that saw them garner both sectional and regional championships along the way. The squad boasts at least four players who will lace up the spikes on the collegiate level in the spring of 2020.
Madison Mayor Sonny Howell, along with the council, honored each player with a dog tag etched with their name and number.
Next to the stage was Scott High's Brooke Burns, a two-time shot put state champion in track and field who will be attending Marshall University where she will compete as a collegiate. Burns, who also excelled academically, was a member of Marshall's 33rd class of Yeager Scholars. She was presented a tag bearing her name.
Eagle Scout Geoffrey Kuhn was presented a plaque for his effort in a Boy Scout project that saw him completely refurbish the cemetery located directly across from city hall. Kuhn was able to acquire funding for new fencing and used an environmentally friendly solution to clean each of the headstones, among many other cleanup efforts on the property.
Wrapping up the evening of honors were three women who, through volunteerism, helped to improve the aesthetic landscape of downtown Madison with their efforts in painting.
Alice Rider, Gaye Bias and Deanna Howell were honored with plaques bearing their names.
Deanna Howell gave the council a breakdown of how much money was raised and how much was spent on the project.
"Through past donations, we received $825," she said. "We spent $799.45 on the project."
Howell wanted to thank City of Madison maintenance employees for their help.
"Any time that we called for anything, those guys were right there to help us out," she added."We want to thank our husbands as well. They were down there a 6 a.m. hanging picture frames, clocks and spray paining. We also wanted to thank the mayor for all of the words of encouragement."
In other council news, one citizen of Madison expressed concerns about a tree that rests on city property that is nestled on a hill above her property on 3rd Avenue West. Her concerns were based on the fact that many of the trees in the area have been destroyed by something unknown to residents and have become rotten and had to be taken down. Her concerns were that this large tree could potentially fall onto her house. She expressed that legal council advised her to come to an open meeting and make the council aware of the tree so that it could be documented.
"I've called the city numerous times and (Steve) who worked for the city came by and then (Maintenance Supervisor) Chet Burgess came by but it went nowhere," she said. These trees don't bother anybody except me and I'm scared to death of them. They are on the hill and this is on a hill that is eroding. I'm afraid that during a storm that it might come down."
The council agreed to examine the request through their maintenance department and act accordingly regarding the situation, while acknowledging the citizen's safety concerns.
The Madison City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the council's chambers located beside the Madison Civic Center at 261 Washington Ave. Call 304-369-2762.
Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @philipdperry.