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Commission hears positive feedback

By Staff | Oct 30, 2013

Having reached a recent financial agreement to cover the costs of Tyler County residents airlifted from Tyler County and surrounding counties, the Tyler County Commission met with members of Air Evac Lifeteam to celebrate their deal with a picture.

At the Oct. 22 Tyler County Commission meeting, Commissioners John Stender, Eric Vincent, and Charles Smith each reported positive feedback regarding the recent deal with Air Evac.

That deal, put into effect following the Oct. 9 meeting, covers the costs of all residents of Tyler County who are medically transported by an Air Evac helicopter from this county or any surrounding county. Flights from West Virginia counties of Wood and Ohio and Ohio counties of Washington and Monroe are also included.

In addition, Tyler County residents who purchase the company’s national insurance coverage for $65 annually will receive a reduction to $35 the next time they renew their contract. Greg Jadwin of Air Evac reported that residents should receive notification when their insurance runs out.

Bob Mead of Frontier Communications was present to inform the commission that the structure cabling project is complete and their technician, John Smith, would be visiting later that day to assess the cabling.

Assessor Jack Hayes said that the next step is for Frontier to transfer the switches to prepare for a 10 meg line. There will also be an additional 10 meg line for the circuit clerk’s office. Sheriff Bob Kendle requested a line in the front tax office, where one of their lines is dead.

Mead agreed to submit a quote for review via email to the commission.

County Clerk Teresea Hamilton reported that 13 books taken apart for scanning now need new binding. Rather than binding the old books, they will be recreating the books from those recently scanned pages.

Commission approved her to pay for book restoration in the amount of $2,600. The original books will be kept in archive boxes.

E-911 Supervisor Josh Fulks requested the appointing of Jimmy Wade to the advisory board due to the stepping down of Steve Leasure. The commission accepted that measure.

Tim Meeks of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council presented a grant resolution to request $10,911 for records management in the offices of the county clerk and circuit clerk. In order to obtain these funds, the county must match 10 percent.

Commission renewed the Tyler County Fair Association’s leasing of the fairgrounds for five years, rather than 15 years. They also removed a clause regarding an onsite caretaker and added a clause giving the county the authority to use the grounds. No reason was stated for the changes.

Tom Cooper, director of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), said that the temporary red lights placed along the Pleasantview Bridge should be down by the middle of November.

He also informed commission that the OEM is working on attaining broadband grants to expand wireless capabilities in the county.

In other emergency management news, the commission approved $850 to the OEM for the purpose of a training program held last weekend. That amount will be fully reimbursed to the county.

Commissioner Smith reported an idea regarding the 2014 Bicentennial Celebration was brought before the Tyler County Planning Commission. The proposal was for a mural depicting the county history on the side of the magistrate/prosecuting attorney’s office.

Under Commission President Stender’s report, he stated that the county has made a verbal agreement to purchase gravel for the lot beside the magistrate and prosecuting attorney’s offices. The space is owned by Furbee Funeral Home, but it will be available for use to the offices of the magistrate and prosecuting attorney at all times other than when a funeral is being held.

Stender also discussed a letter of response from Rocky Roberts of Tri-Ad Hunter concerning recent complaints made by residents of Pleasant Ridge Road. The commission determined to send a copy of that letter to those residents who expressed concern over the road condition and potential pollutants in that area.

The commission approved Tamie Weekley to replace Heather Glover-Smith in the circuit clerk’s office.

County Clerk Teresea Hamilton reported that Governor Tomblin has requested that Tyler County send a Christmas bulb for the Christmas Tree in the Capitol Building. The capitol is seeking a bulb from each county in the state. Hamilton agreed to purchase and send a bulb.

Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee asked the commission if an Ambulance Authority exists in Tyler County. When the commission informed him that there is not one, he explained that an advisory council, if put in place, could oversee certain responsibilities rather than the commission. Luke expressed that this route of action would make better sense from a legal standpoint.

The commission was invited to an open house on Nov. 6 from 3-7 p.m. at the Middlebourne Fire Department, where Middlebourne EMS Unit #1 will be showing their new ambulance.

Other approved items included: minutes of the Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Sept. 19, and Oct. 8 meetings; the clerk’s fiduciary report; the assessor’s exonerations; and the paying of county bills.