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Ranson mayor honored for his 20 years of service to city

December 19, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

RANSON, W.VA. - The holidays aren't the only thing being celebrated in Ranson.

Mayor David Hamill is getting part of the action, too.

Hamill marked 20 years as mayor earlier in the year and city officials decided it was time to celebrate the milestone.

In the middle of Ranson's regular city council meeting Tuesday night, Council member Duke Pierson presented Hamill with a plaque honoring his tenure.

"This plaque is very meek compared to what he deserves," Pierson said.

Pierson said Hamill has done an outstanding job of serving the city and that is proven by his long term.

"I'm speechless," Hamill said upon receiving the recognition. "I must say it's with humble gratitude that I accept this."

Hamill was first appointed to the job in March 1987 and has stayed on the job through a mix of four- and two-year terms.

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The city of Ranson has been capturing more attention in recent years as it has annexed thousands of acres and seen a brisk increase in commercial development.

The annexations have at times raised the ire of county officials, who say the enlargement of Ranson's boundaries has hurt land-planning efforts.

New city council chambers have been built, the Ranson Police Department moved to a new location in 2002, city officials have plotted out the new city jobs that might be needed as the city grows and commercial development along the Charles Town Bypass in what is now Ranson has included a Home Depot, Weis Markets, a Kohl's department store and other businesses.

But Hamill, 62, did not mention any of that Tuesday night.

When asked after Tuesday's meeting why he has kept coming back as mayor, Hamill simply said, "Just serving the people."

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