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Commission addresses agenda

By Staff | Oct 19, 2011

Tyler County Commissioners voted to approve the hiring of Ohio Valley Foam Spray to repair the roof of the magistrate court/prosecuting attorney’s office building on Tuesday morning, at a cost of $7,658.

“They repaired the roof of the Senior Center,” said Commissioner John Stender. “They did a good job on that,” he added.

“The key would be, is that the best kind of roof to put on, or the most economical,” remarked Prosecuting Attorney D. Luke Furbee. “There’s no sense in pouring a bunch of money into that building.”

“This is probably the route to take, right now,” said Commission President Charles “Pork” Smith.

It was noted that other options were considerably more costly. The foam coating also has a ten year limited warranty on workmanship and materials.

“For the price, we can’t do much better,” said Stender. Commission approved the contract after concluding the offer from the company was the most economically viable.

Greg Jadwin, a spokesperson from Airevac Lifeteam, addressed commission, offering county employees a membership option in AirMedCare Network. The AirEvac Lifeteam coverage offers access to emergency medical transport in rural areas, working in conjunction with local responders. Commissioners thanked Jadwin for the presentation and said they would take the matter under consideration.

Also speaking to commissioners was Ben Gurrola, who presented commission with a proposal concerning the preservation of courthouse records. His company, Data Records Management Systems, creates automated record databases which can be accessed through the internet by outside sources such as national database companies and financial institutions, for a fee. There is no cost to the county for access. Commission agreed to review the proposal to see if it would be beneficial to the county to implement.

Veronica Wilcox, Tyler County’s newly appointed interim Extension Agent, introduced herself to members of Commission a the meeting. Wilcox is a multi-disciplinary agent, which means she has more broad-based experience. Her position could become permanent, she told commission.

Wilcox hopes to expand the county 4-H program. “For a community this size, we should be able to easily double or triple 4-H membership,” she said. “I hope to get several more clubs started in the county.”

Commissioners welcomed Wilcox to Tyler County and wished her success in her plans.

Tom Cooper, Tyler Co. OEM Director, presented commission with an overview of the department’s activities for the month of September, which included training exercises and a search in Lewis County for a missing three-year-old girl.

“A lot of positive comments came back to us after that search and rescue mission,” remarked Commissioner Pork Smith.

Tyler County OEM sent an 18 man team to Lewis County and searched for several hours last Friday (Oct. 8). Searchers worked with FBI agents and the WV State Police. The OEM team used sonar and rescue dogs in their search efforts.

“The Bureau field agents were very impressed with the the response time and capabilities of Tyler County’s team,” said Smith.

“It’s the first time we’ve worked with the FBI,” remarked Cooper. “They were good to work with. They have offered to help Tyler County with supplies and other services in the future.”

In his report, County Commissioner Eric Vincent began by saying, “First, I want to thank the people who took part in the recent special election for all their hard work. It went very well.”

Vincent also informed commission that revenue had been received from the Coalbed Methane Tax, which amounted to around $24,000 in total (over $9,000 to commission, and about $15,000 to Tyler County Economic Development).

The money was placed in a general fund, to be earmarked for upcoming expenses. The money has specific designations for usage, it was noted by Vincent.

A proclamation, provided by by Toni Vancamp, Tyler County Victim Services Coordinator, was signed by commissioners, proclaiming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Tyler County, as it is nationally.

The proclamation says, in part, “…in recognition of the important work done by domestic violence programs, I do hereby proclaim the month of October 2011 to be National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and urge all citizens to actively participate in the scheduled activities and programs to work toward improving victim safety and holding perpetrators of domestic abuse accountable for their actions against individual victims and our society as a whole.”

The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Tyler County Courthouse.