Rice Wins Sistersville Mayor’s Seat

Sistersville voters selected Bill Rice as the next mayor of the city Thursday.

The former mayor and councilman garnered 203 votes to 161 for local businesswoman Beri Jean Fox. The results are not official until a canvass is conducted.

In 1995, Rice was elected to Sistersville City Council and served until 2002. He then was elected mayor in 2002 and held the office for four years.

In 2010, Rice felt the call to return to civic service again. He again was elected to the 2nd Ward seat on council and has served on a number of committees for the town. Rice said he hopes to give voice to those who feel disenfranchised with local government.

The other major item on the ballot passed, as residents voted 246 to 103 in favor of renewing the city’s five-year levy that supports the fire department, library, park, pool and streets.

While this is a continuance, there is a slight change in distribution of the levy’s proceeds. While it was previously split evenly, Mayor Ann Doig said the streets department receives some income from municipal bill fees, though the other departments do not. Consequently, the proceeds will now be 25 percent each- approximately $74,285 – to the fire department and library; 35 percent, approximately $99,795, to the park and pool; and 15 percent – approximately $42,270 – to streets.

All of the other slots on the ballot were uncontested. Harold Dally and Richard Long will serve the 1st Ward; Phil Konopacky and Mark Klages will represent the 3rd Ward; and Bonnie Hizer and Rachel Marrin will serve the 4th Ward.