Monday marked the inaugural town council at the newly constructed White Hall Municipal Building on Timrod Drive.

But if you missed the meeting, don’t worry. The party’s not going to happen until later this summer.

The town will celebrate with its residents, elected officials and distinguished guests later this summer once the parking lot and landscaping are complete.

Last year, the town financed the municipal building project through MVB Bank in the amount of $424,000. Lombardi Development of Follansbee was awarded the contract to build the 2,600-square-foot building on Timrod Drive.

But instead of a catered dinner for the building’s grand opening, council members were interested in more of a “cookout” kind of event. The Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department agreed to provide and man the grill for the event as long as the town provided all of the food.

Holding the celebration later in the summer will give the town time to extend its parking lot with more gravel and give the grass seeds recently planted enough time to grow, officials said. Council will decide the date of the event when it meets Monday, June 26.

In other business, council:

• Agreed to donate $500 to the Grant Town Police Department to help fund the purchase of a drug canine. The town is asking all municipalities to share the cost burden of the German shepherd in exchange for its shared use.

• Discussed the placement of banners within the town’s limits. A couple of years ago, council passed an ordinance preventing the placement of signs within 25 feet of the center of a public roadway.

Town attorney Mike Niggemeyer said the ordinance was passed because the roadsides in the town “looked like a sign farm.”

Representatives from the Hauge’s Farmers Market and White Hall Pharmacy approached council for permission to place banner signs at intersections in the town. Council’s conclusion was that if the signs were on private property, with written permission from the property owner, the town had no influence over where the signs were placed.

E-mail Misty Poe at mpoe@timeswv.com.

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