Marlinton Mayor’s Corner

As an introduction to this week’s Mayors Corner, the COVID-19 quarantine has given government leadership the opportunity to step-up and show the younger generations that we are capable of adapting to current ways and means of communicating and collaborating, even if we are not as comfortable using the technology.

It has been brought to my attention that some towns were totally unprepared for the current situation. Some may have ignored certain open meeting requirements by saying they were incapable of conducting a proper meeting. 

Given today’s technological advances, that is no excuse. 

Marlinton Town Council adjusted and managed to have a successful council meeting using teleconferencing technology. 

As a matter of fact, 28 individuals “attended” the meeting. Probably more than would have been present during a normal meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to council. Thank you for your service, during these trying times. 

A member of Region 4 staff reminded me that they have often heard how communities desperately try to hold onto and convince young people to stay in West Virginia. They have heard many say, “I just can’t adapt to these fancy phones and technological wonders.”  

The question becomes, how do we think that resonates with our young people? They want connectivity for phones, TV, Instagram, etc. When we refuse to use technology, we are joining the “older generation who just don’t get it.”

The coronavirus is shining a bright light on a lot of things. One is the wonderful advantage of having the technology we possess today. Leaders, young and old, have been forced to use the available technologies of today. 

Technologies that must be used to maintain stability and confidence and move West Virginia forward.

Region 4 staff is well-trained in telecommuting. Towns and counties can feel free to contact them, if you need help. 

If that does not work, you can get your 10-year-old grandchild to do it for you.

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