Commission hears about financial needs
BY ED PARSONS
Tyler County Commissioners heard from representatives of the Sistersville Ferry and the Middlebourne EMS on March 17, during their regular meeting.
Alex King, representing the Sistersville Ferry told commissioners the ferry is in dire need of financial help. He said they have had recent fund raising events which have helped, but there is still much work that needs to be done. King said Eric Peters of the Tyler County Development Authority is working to secure grant money for the ferry and he is also working to hopefully get a new natural gas powered engine to replace the current one, which would then be used as a back up.
King said he was not at the meeting to ask for money, only to make the commissioners aware of the situation. He said many people rely on the ferry as a means of travel between Ohio and Sistersville. It is also on the Historic Register and often draws tourists into the area.
At the present time the ferry board is preparing to move the ferry to Marietta for repairs and are hoping to have it up and running sometime this year. Money remains the largest obstacle to overcome. King again said he was not there to ask for money, but any help would be appreciated.
Katy Wells, from the Middlebourne Emergency Medical Services, spoke to the commissioners about the financial burdens being placed on the squad. She noted they have one trucks down that needs to get repaired. She said they are receiving more calls than usual and they take a toll on equipment. She mentioned squad members are getting tired and sometimes it is hard to get enough help.
Wells also said she wasn’t there to solicit funds, but anything the commission could do would be of help. The commissioners said they are aware of the problems facing both the EMS and the ferry. They said would consider their needs. The commissioners also thanked them for coming.
Sheriff Bob Kendle told the commission the 911 center is operating in the red and he would need to cash in a certificate of deposit to get operation funds. He said tax income will be coming in and it will replenish the savings.
Commissioner John Stender reported they are working on getting a 10 burner furnace for the 4-H Camp and work should begin this month on the heating for the second story. He also said they are going to put up an outbuilding to store the tractor and other equipment.
Commission President Eric Vincent reported that due to health reasons Brad Crawford has resigned from the Route 2-68 Authority. He said they need to be looking for a replacement. He also said he had received an informational letter from Suddenlink that tells about some increases coming. He said the total increase would amount to about 5.5 percent.
Vincent said he had received notice that the Tyler County Public Service District (PSD) was moving forward with Phase 1 of the water project on south state Route 18. Funding is from a Small Cities Block Grant.
The Commission approved the minutes from the Feb. 10 special meeting and the Feb. 24 regular meeting.
Jackson L. Hayes, assessor, presented the exonerations for approval.
Teresa Hamilton, county clerk, read the Clerk’s Fiduciary Report. Both were approved unanimously.