(03/22/2001)
The beleaguered Town of Clay will seek to appoint a new Mayor on Thursday, Dr. Sharooz Jamie resigned last week after one month on the job. An item on the agenda will be the processing of a $50,000 loan to keep the town afloat.

Dr. Jamie said the town is $50,000-$70,000 in debt, with $10,000 of unpaid bills mounting each month.

The town's fiscal crisis has caused severe problems with water service to the Town of Clay and the counties public service districts. Boil advisories have been in effect much of this year after an inspector declared the water unsafe and the town has been unable to hire water plant workers with credentials. The school system has been using bottled water.

Dr. Jamie resigned in anger last week because Council would not re-hire Jim Williams to run the water plant. Williams has previously been in conflict with the town, but the Clay Communicator says Williams could be hired again this Thursday.

The water system may have to re-issue boil water warnings shortly since the West Virginia Water employees have completed their volunteer period to keep the system viable.


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