<h1>The Mar. 11 White Sulphur Springs City Council meeting was packed with disgruntled attendees due to the spread of misinformation on Facebook regarding the Roads of Honor veteran\u2019s flags earlier in the month.<\/h1>\r\nThe council has consistently supported the flag project since its inception last year, which consists of local veterans being honored with flags hung on utility poles lining the streets of White Sulphur.\r\n\r\nA post claiming that there have been \u201cissues\u201d with the flags, along with numerous comments falsely stating that city council members oppose the flags, gained a significant amount of traction with locals over the social media site. This led several people to believe that banners honoring area veterans were going to be totally removed, egregiously relocated, or otherwise disrespected. Mayor Bruce Bowling quickly cleared up the situation at the start of the meeting, stating that this \u201cwas simply not the case.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cAbout two weeks ago I got a call from our regional rep for the power company,\u201d said Bowling, \u201cand he said, \u2018Bruce, I don\u2019t want to start any trouble, but our policy with the banners going up on our poles is we want one per pole. It\u2019s a safety issue for our linemen; we don\u2019t climb a lot of poles anymore, but if we have to, you can imagine the trouble climbing over three different banners.\u2019\u201d Bowling stated that when MonPower called, he put the call on speakerphone in the office while Linda Coleman and Lloyd Haynes both heard the conversations with the representative.\r\n\r\nCouncilmember Mary Collins also spoke at the start of the meeting, giving a history of support for the Roads of Honor project from the council, beginning back in spring of 2018 when the idea for the project was first proposed. \u201cThere has never been any plan to take down any of the banners,\u201d said Collins, \u201cOnly to move doubles or triples to different poles in order to meet the requirements set by MonPower. The only banner that was removed is one belonging to a veteran that requested his banner be taken down and not put back up.\u201d\r\n\r\nAfter the initial phone call, a White Sulphur Springs resident called MonPower threatening them with a lawsuit. This led to the representative contacting City Hall for a second time to ask that actions be taken with the doubled and tripled banners.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf you want to get someone riled up you call and threaten to sue them,\u201d said Bowling. \u201cHe told me, \u2018You\u2019ve got three choices; you can cut those banners down to one, you can take them all down, or through the public service rules we can charge you $400 per banner.\u2019 I took it on myself, maybe it was wrong, to figure out which was the best option to take. It wasn\u2019t hard to figure out.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cIf I were to have taken those banners down and left them down, there\u2019d be twice as many people here because Facebook stuff was saying the City of White Sulphur is taking the banners down, they\u2019re not putting them back up,\u201d Bowling stated. \u201cAll of this false information going around has really gotten people stirred up, and this is really much to do about nothing.\u201d\r\n\r\nAfter MonPower contacted him, Bowling had City Hall reach out to Bobby White with the Vietnam Veteran\u2019s Steering Committee, who helped lead the banner project. White was informed that a small number of banners had to be relocated to the closest available utility pole. He came before the council to express displeasure that the city moved the banners \u201carbitrarily.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cNow, we veterans in the banner committee, are asking why there could not be a working solution to displaying our veteran\u2019s banners,\u201d White said. \u201cNot just one man, Mayor Bowling, putting out a directive to taking the banners down and place them on the nearest available pole.\u201d\r\n\r\nBowling responded by saying when the power company contacted him, he had to make sure the city crews fulfilled the safety obligations to MonPower, since the power company owns the utility poles. He also noted that when the banners first went up, the city crew installed the banners on their own time and with the city\u2019s equipment at no expense to White Sulphur or the veterans. The mayor also clarified that he has no problem moving some Welcome to White Sulphur Springs flags to accommodate the relocated veteran\u2019s flags, saying that it\u2019s not one versus the other.\r\n\r\nBowling asked, \u201cWhat do you guys want?\u201d White responded, \u201cI would like to have an apology to the veterans you moved, that\u2019s the real gist. I\u2019m here for them.\u201d Bowling asked if the veterans whose flags were moved were offended. White commented, \u201cI think they got offended because you took it on yourself to move them without input from them.\u201d\r\n\r\nBowling again stated that it was by order of MonPower and not up to him. \u201cThey own the poles,\u201d said Bowling, leading White to again repeat, \u201cIt\u2019s not their banners, the banners are private property.\u201d\r\n\r\nAt the end of the heated exchange, White said, \u201cI hope that every one of them goes out of town. I hope the town has no veterans.\u201d\r\n\r\nNone of the veterans whose banners were moved spoke at the meeting.\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>\u2022 \u2022<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nIn other news, a public hearing was scheduled on Monday, Apr. 8, at 6:30 p.m. for the City of White Sulphur\u2019s Comprehensive Plan, which helps guide the community\u2019s vision for what the city aspires to be. President of the White Sulphur Springs Planning Commission Lindsey Wolford called it, \u201cA roadmap to the future for White Sulphur Springs.\u201d\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>\u2022 \u2022<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nThe council approved a $1,000 youth recreation funding application to help fund the girl\u2019s recreational softball league.