WILLIAMSON – Mingo Countians will be able to stay cool and swim this summer, thanks to the efforts of State Senate President Bill Cole and County Commissioner Diann Hannah.
Cole announced this week that he heard from Hannah that the City of Williamson’s Olympic-sized swimming pool might not open this season due to needed pump repairs. The state senator, who represents Mingo County in the upper chamber, said Hannah pleaded the case for $15,000 to cover the necessary repairs. Cole said he approved the required funding after talking with Hannah.
Hannah, the newest Mingo commissioner, said she did not want “any credit. I just want the kids and families to enjoy this beautiful pool and facility which is so important to our area.”
She continued, “I do thank Senator Cole and his administrative assistant, Kathy Hess, for acting so quickly on my request for assistance. We are very fortunate to have the senate president representing our district and southern West Virginia and I sure thank him for his concern and timely attention to this community.”
Hess, Cole’s administrative assistant who worked on the funding project, served as personal secretary to former Mingo State Senator H. Truman Chafin.
Hannah went on, “the happiest people are those that care more about others than they do about themselves. That describes Senator Cole.”
The commissioner expects the repairs to be made and the pool to open on its regular schedule now that funding is secure.
She concluded, “So be happy and as Senator Cole said, ‘stay cool.’”