Sheriff Earl P. Kendle, Jr., Director of Tyler County 911, submitted the names of newly appointed 911 Advisory Board members to Tyler County Commission for approval at yesterday's regularly scheduled commission meeting. Commissioners approved Steve Leasure, George Eidel, Craig Pritchett, Tom Cooper, Lisa Jackson, Did Slider, Sheriff Kendle, and County Commissioner Eric Vincent as board members. Robert "Bobby" George was approved as the board's president.
Teresea Hamilton, Tyler County Clerk, presented commission with a list of election officials and alternates for the upcoming May 8 primary election, which was approved. Hamilton noted that anyone interested in working the polls may contact the Tyler County Clerk's office, as there were still positions to be filled.
Commissioners voted their approval of Brian Weigle to the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board, to fill the vacancy left due to the death of Bud Weigle. Brian Weigle will fill the unexpired term until July, 2012.
Commission President Charles "Pork" Smith informed commission he'd received a list of 23 candidates from Tyler County who are seeking to attend this year's West Virginia Boys State conference. Commissioners were approached by representatives from Boys State at the last commission meeting to request funds be allocated for the participants to attend. The cost to attend is $200 per student.
"What has commission's position been on this in the past?" asked County Commisioner Eric Vincent.
"This is the first time they have come to us asking for a donation," said Smith.
Commissioners decided to place the request on the next meeting's agenda.Commissioners voted against initiating a Day Report Center program in the county, after consulting with the Tyler County Sheriff's Office and Prosecutor D. Luke Furbee, who were not in favor of the measure.
Sheriff Kendle informed commission a grant his office had applied for last year was still being considered by the State.
The grant, which delegates funds for hiring of law enforcement officers, stipulates that any officer hired must be a veteran and have served overseas.
OEM Director Tom Cooper informed commission that the recently approved ATV purchase was progressing, and noted that he was told the vehicles were actually classed as UTVs.
"On training, a UTV does not follow the same rules and regulations as ATV training, and is not required to abide by AVT laws," remarked Cooper. "We're still going to train on the vehicles."
County Commissioner John Stender noted in his report that the Tyler County Extension Office was still seeking a secretary for the 4-H office.
The commission agreed to act as fiscal agents for two grant applications designated for the county fair grounds and 4-H camp, each in the amount of $2,000, pending some changes in the wording of the grant.
Stender also noted that students from A.I. Boreman Elementary would be touring the courthouse April 27, pending approval from the Tyler County Board of Education.
Students will get to tour the courthouse offices and visit with courthouse employees.
County Commissioner Eric Vincent urged all departments to submit their respective budgets as soon as possible, making a motion that March 19 and 20 be set aside for budget meetings, which was approved. The budget meeting will begin at 9 a.m. both days.
Prior to approval of payment of bills, commission approved a motion to move forward with the purchase of a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 for the Office of Emergency Management's use. The purchase, in the amount of $31,617, is to be used for a new emergency response vehicle which will be used by the Director.