City of Williamsville

  • Pop: 342
  • Mayor: Angela Smith, City offices - 114 E. Main
  • Education: Elementary
  • Healthcare: Nearest hospitals - 23 mi. in Poplar Bluff
  • Recreation: Markham Springs, Lake Wappapello, Mark Twain National Forest

Williamsville, a community of 342 according to the 2010 census, is nestled in the Mark Twain National Forest in Wayne County. Average temperatures range from 46 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 68 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission works with the city to foster economic development for Williamsville.

Mayor Angela Smith and the local council work from the city hall at 114 E. Main Street. Citizens are protected by a part-time police officer and eight volunteer firemen. The per capita income for Wayne County, in 2015, was $18,748.

Out of a 5,205-person workforce in Wayne County, 4,712 are employed. The unemployment rate is 9.5 percent as of 2015 with 432 out of work. The average hourly wage for the county is $11.90. In nearby Piedmont, McAllister Software, Specialty Brands, Nu-Dell Plastics, and Corlair Corporation can be found. The county's other major employers include Clearwater Schools, which employs 160; Piedmont Schools, with 130 employees; Henry Schein/AVImark, Veterinary Software which employs 170 and Greenville Healthcare that employs 49. 

Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Poplar Bluff and Black River Electric Cooperative headquartered in Fredericktown, provides electric power for Williamsville. The city offers water for its residents from its two wells. The water plant has a storage capacity of 80,000 gallons. Their sewage lagoon has a capacity of 100,000 gallons a day. Williamsville's telephone service is provided by AT&T and Windstream. Residents and businesses obtain internet service from a local internet service provider in Poplar Bluff and Windstream Communications in Little Rock, AR.

Citizens of Williamsville travel only 23 miles to receive medical services. The nearest healthcare facilities are in Poplar Bluff at Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center, Kneibert Clinic, and Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. It is 15 miles to the nearest four-lane thoroughfare, US Highway 67, and 65 miles to Interstate 55. The nearest airport is in Piedmont.

Williamsville children attend the public elementary school in town. The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff, Fall 2017, enrollment 3,226. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Fall, 2017, enrollment for the university was 11,502 students.

Williamsville residents get their news from a weekly newspaper, three different radio stations and 17 cable television stations. There are seven Protestant churches and a Catholic church serving the community's spiritual needs.

Many Williamsville families enjoy the public park in town. Clearwater Lake and Wappapello Lake are both within a 20-mile radius of Williamsville. Young and old can enjoy camping, fishing, hiking/fitness/nature trails, boating, swimming, and water skiing. Markham Springs Park and Mark Twain National Forest, popular sites among outdoor enthusiasts, are also nearby.

The city is represented by 154th District State Representative Steve Cookson (R) and 27th District State Senator Wayne Wallingford (R). U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Williamsville in the Eighth Congressional District.