The final steps of 911 address changes are underway following the March 26 Tyler County Commission meeting. Noting additional clarifications to the road beyond Friendly Hill, the commission approved an updated map to be sent to the Department of Highways for sign posting.
"These are roads that are not in municipalities," said Commissioner Eric Vincent. "These addresses have been in the hands of the U.S. Postal Service since 2008 and we're still coming up with issues."
He went on to commend the Paul Lemasters, who was in charge of the 911 addresses.
On the new address map, Friendly Hill Road extends from State Route 2 to Hissam Bridge, and Danser Lane extends from Hissam Bridge to Stewarts Run.
Greg Jadwin of the Air Evac Life Team returned to further discuss the countywide life-flight coverage he proposed at the last meeting. Under the coverage, any Tyler County resident would not receive a bill for being air-lifted out of the county or any connecting county. He figured the cost of this plan would range between $6.25 to $6.50 per resident to cover each resident. The plan would also extend to those who move into the county in the future.
"The average flight is roughly $25,000," said Jadwin. "There are very few insurances in this area that actually pay 100 percent."
The commission agreed that the plan would benefit the county, but they are holding on a decision in order to consider the best way to fund it.
"We don't want to commit to something and then take it away," said Stender, citing other priorities. "If we commit to it, we want to do it. We're giving this a lot of consideration."
Prosecutor Luke Furbee informed the commission that a judge had appointed condemnation commissioners for the purpose of assigning value to the Maupin property, which the county is seeking to attain on which to build an annex adjacent to the courthouse. He said that the assessment may deem the property to be more or less than the previously extended offer of $30,000, but an agreed upon deal may still be reached before an evaluation sets a different price.
The commission approved the value of $30,000 as the offer for the Maupin property, and those who have claim over the property will be consulted with that price.
Tyler County Sheriff Bob Kendle reported that two new dispatchers were selected out of the six they interviewed.
"These are the two best interviewees," said Kendle, handing the commission lists of qualifications for the two new dispatchers. Upon review, the commission approved the hiring of Ryan Thomas and Ida Morris.
Commission discussed the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) shelter training to take place on Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. at the Sistersville Fire Department.
"Tom Cooper had to come up with a training that would satisfy parameters of the state meeting," said Commissioner Charles Smith, noting the recent cancellation of statewide exercises by Homeland Security.
Rather than seeking repairs to the flat roof, which birds reportedly pecked holes in, the Tyler County Senior Center may seek a metal roof instead. In budget revisions, OEM, law enforcement, and the courthouse all received reimbursements.
The commission approved previous minutes, exonerations, the fiduciary report, and the paying of bills. Next month's meeting dates remain set for April 16 and 30.