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Commission on board with census

By Staff | Nov 4, 2009

Taran Parsons, partnership specialist from the Census Bureau in Charleston, addressed the Tyler County Commission Oct. 27, presenting information about the 2010 Census.

The U.S. Constitution requires a national census every 10 years to define who we are as a nation and provide a count of everyone residing in all 50 states. This includes people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens.

According to Parsons, everyone will receive a questionnaire asking only a few questions of each person in the household. She is urging everyone to fill out the simple questionnaire and send it back by the April 1, 2010, deadline. The census information helps determine locations for schools, roads, hospitals, child-care, and senior citizen centers. The information given on the questionnaire will remain confidential.

Additionally, the census will create jobs in Tyler County. Depending on the number of people who mail back the forms, starting in February to June or July, the Census Bureau will employee Tyler County residents to go around and get the information from the residents who did not mail in their form. The wage rate will be from $12 to $15 dollars an hour and it will include a mileage reimbursement. Persons who are interested in working this temporary job will be required to take a 30-minute test that includes a written, communication, and an aptitude test. There will also be a two-day training session.

The commissioners voted to adopt a resolution designating April 1, 2010 as Census Day in Tyler County.

Katrina Byers also attended the commission meeting. “I have come to talk about the teen court again, she said. “There is a statute for the State of West Virginia to add a $5 fee for violations. I have talked with the judge and the probation officer about the teen court and they are also on board with it.”

The commission members approved the motion.

Vice President John Stender informed his fellow commissioners that the 4-H committee is asking for a $10,000 grant for improvements to go towards the 4-H building such as a new roof, gutters, a new door on the boys dorm and a new porch on the building at the 4-H camp grounds.

courthouse and the project should be done in a couple of weeks. He also informed them that the boat ramp into the Ohio River at the end of Bens Run Road has been put on hold for the time being. He said they have been filling out grant applications for this project so that the county will not have any money invested into it.

President Pork Smith read a memo from the Tyler County Planning and Developmental Authority to approve Ronnie George, Barbara Vincent, Eric Vincent, and Bonnie Hostuttler to the groups. The commission members approved the measure

Sheriff Bob Kendle informed the members that the Attorney General gave the “go-ahead” to hire an extra patrolman for the Town of Middlebourne.

As a reminder, the courthouse will continue to extend their hours the first Thursday of every month from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The next commission meeting will be held on Nov. 10 at 9 a.m.