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Williamson’s caboose draws visitors, tourism

By Dwain W. Penn news@pikecountygeorgia.com Tourism for the city of Williamson is growing. One could say it is picking up steam. A glowing report was shared at the Aug. 8 council meeting. ’We had 32 visitors at the caboose in July,’ said councilwoman Carol Berry. ‘Some were local residents seeing the interior and experiencing its history for the first time.’ Berry shares the duty as caboose docent with city historian Carly Brentlinger. Open only a few hours on Saturday mornings, the caboose, painted vivid red, is a destination requiring no directions. Poised on the shoulder of Highway 362, it is a bright banner of welcome for travelers passing through downtown Williamson. Also in July, the much anticipated vacation bible school was held at Hilley Park. The cooperation of five local churches made the event a resounding success. Videos and pictures highlighting the event were sent to city hall with expressions of thanks for use of the city park. Mayor Steve and Gina Fry, whose children attended the event, were volunteers and Steve said a good time was had by all. Clean-up of the property was meticulous. Approval has already been granted for another trunk-and-treat in October, hosted last year by Church of Joy. COUNCIL ALSO: ’¢ Heard the newly formed joint election board is working on pricing for elections and should be a substantial savings for cities in Pike.’¨ ’¢ Heard rearrangement of water lines anticipated to improve pressure has been delayed due to a need for uniformity of specifications prior to obtaining more bids. Ashley Glen residents attending the meeting were hopeful of an overdue solution and some left dissatisfied. ’¢ Learned delayed progress on park bathroom improvements should soon be solved since park events are imminent and the restoration needed for convenience of frequent park visitors. ’¢ Approved the return of Ashley Glen phase 2 to planning committee with no further comments. ’¢ Approved the second reading of the update of municipal ordinance dealing with traffic to include changes since the first reading. ’¢ Approved an agreement between the city of Williamson and Pike Collaborative and Pike County Family Connection directed by Michael Powell.

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