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Commission considers website for the county

By Staff | Dec 10, 2014

The Tyler County Commission is looking at contracting for the creation and maintenance of a website to promote the county.

William Hawkins of WVyourWay.com made a proposal Tuesday to the commission for creating a website for the county. He said their company originally set up their information engine a few years ago as a tourism site, then they were asked to make it a business directory. Now the websites they do for counties contain just about everything within their borders: businesses, tourism, government information, churches, social services, and more.

“It doesn’t matter what it is,” noted Hawkins. There is no obligation for businesses to participate, but he said they usually like the additional online exposure.

In fact, he said people who visited their own county’s site made by WVyourWay.com are, “able to find things they didn’t know existed in the county.”

The proposal for Tyler County is for $20,894 to create the site and maintain it for one year. However, they are offering a $3,000 discount until the end of the year. “We don’t just do it and leave. We maintain it throughout the year,” said Hawkins. After the initial set up, the cost would go down to $9,327 per year for maintenance.

Hawkins gave the commissioners table tents and information cards they use to promote the website.

“This will just be something we need to talk over,” said Commissioner Charles “Pork” Smith.

In another matter, the commission unanimously approved several appointments. The Tyler County Public Service District requested and received the reappointment of Pam Porfeli to a four-year term on the TCPSD Board of Directors. The commission also approved the request from the Tyler County Development Authority to appoint the following: Sistersville Mayor Bill Rice to a one-year term; Middlebourne Mayor Charlie Delauder to a two-year term; and Terry Willey, John Hopkins, and Bob Lowther to three-year terms. All of the terms will begin Jan. 1, 2015.

The county has not received any new information on the possible annexation of the area that contains the Long Reach Credit Union into the Middlebourne town limits. Prosecutor Luke Furbee says, consequently, that matter is not ready for any action

“I don’t think there’s a big rush push for this,” offered President John Stender.

Relatedly, the commission president said they will have an information discussion about property matters sometime in January. Stender said he would like to have Furbee attend that.

“We have a lot of balls in the air right now and we’re trying to do what’s best for the county,” explained Stender.

President Stender brought up an inquiry from James Billiter about his ability to put up a fence or some such structure on a county road on his property that he said is no longer used. Stender said the road in question goes from Hills Run to the old state road.

Prosecutor Luke Furbee noted that in 1933 the DOH took over all the county roads.

Assessor Jack Hayes offered his experience that the DOH doesn’t close county roads any more. He called it a “long, rigorous” process. It was suggested Billiter talk to his lawyer about the matter. I would say if they have ultimate authority, then I’d say it’s a moot point for us,” said Commission Vice President Eric Vincent.

After some discussion, President Stender said he would direct Billiter to the Division of Highways.

Finally, Stender said the county offices would observe the same holidays as state government. However, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has yet to set that schedule.

There was discussion about how President Barack Obama has closed all federal offices on Dec. 26. However, the county does not go by the federal holiday schedule, but the state schedule. They will wait to see what Tomblin decides.