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Commission discusses levy election dates

By Staff | Nov 28, 2012

Tyler County Commissioners Eric Vincent, Charles “Pork” Smith and John Stender discuss matters at a recent meeting.

Tyler County Commission met Nov. 27 and discussed the upcoming month of December as well as matters pertaining to the upcoming year.

Dates concerning the school levy election were addressed.

The next public test for the election is Dec. 7, and voting will take place Dec. 15, with early voting from Dec. 1-12. With the exception of ADA machines at Tyler Consolidated High School, the election is paper ballot. Canvassing will take place Dec. 21.

The commission meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 26 has been moved to Dec. 27, when the certification of the election will also take place.

The commission carried a motion to authorize Prosecutor Luke Furbee to begin the acquisition of the Maupin property, which is located behind the sheriff’s office and adjacent to the courthouse parking lot.

The property is intended to be used for parking and possibly a courthouse annex.

Commissioner John Stender also discussed the potential affects West Virginia fiscal cuts may have on the county, especially concerning the senior center, which he feels is operating fine on its current budget.

“Statewide, we’re looking at a million dollar budget cut,” he said.On Nov. 21, Commissioner Eric Vincent attended the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council via phone conference. He said MOVRC finances are strong and still have money to lend to businesses.

Vincent also expressed gratitude for those who helped during the election process, including Tyler County voters.

“We appreciate that they took their duties seriously and went out and voted that day,” he noted.

The Tyler County Planning Commission/ Development Authority saw six member renewals: Terry Wiley has been renewed for a two-year term, beginning January 2013 and lasting through December 2014; and Linda Leasure, Ronald George, Barbara Vincent, Bonnie Hostutler, and James McMullen have all been renewed for three-year terms, beginning January 2013 and lasting through December 2015.

Under state code and overseen by Commission President Charles “Pork” Smith, an Office of Emergency Management Jeep that the commission previously authorized for sale will undergo bidding at a public auction, the time and place of which will be further discussed next meeting, Dec. 11.

Although one of the older police vehicles remains in the shop for repairs, the sheriff’s office has purchased two new cruisers and is preparing one of them for use.

Among other approved items were the county clerk’s fiduciary report, exonerations for Assessor Jackson L. Hayes, an in-house budget movement of $1,000, a grant application for the Joseph’s Mills Community Center for the amount of $7,500, a performance grant application for OEM for the amount of $55,663; and the paying of bills.

During the meeting, the commission also went into executive session for approximately eight minutes to discuss matters of personnel. No action was taken.