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Tyler County Commission receives donation

By Staff | May 7, 2015

Members companies of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association presented a check to the Tyler County Commission last week in the amount of $285,431 for courthouse records imaging and digitization project.

This project has been a topic of discussions since early 2013, and is an example of how local government and business can work together to accommodate specific needs of the business community. Preserving the vital records in digital format for all citizens of Tyler County became a priority of the County Clerks Office and through that commitment the project was completed midway through 2015. “Thank you very much, my prayers have been answered.

“You were blessings sent our way, I wanted you to attend a public meeting so the citizens of could know your donations have helped preserve the history of Tyler County for years to come,” said County Clerk Teresea Hamilton.

Commission President Eric Vincent received the check.

“We appreciate the sizable donation which allowed the county to get the books and records upgraded for the 21st century,” he said.

Also Tuesday, commissioners heard from Roy and Nancy Rexroad of Friendly concerning sewage problems they are experiencing during hard rains and storms. They claim to have contacted the Attorney General’s office, the Governor’s office and the Public Service Commission all of whom directed them to the Tyler County Commission.

They believe there is a broken or clogged sewage line that is causing ponding and has become a health and safety hazard. According to the Rexroads, the railroad had dumped some fill and they believe that may have backed up in the pipe. According to them the problem stars near the community building and runs south on both sides of W.Va. 2. They said they have had the railroad there from Huntington and St. Mary’s but they are not claiming responsibility. They said Sistersville came and ran there camera down the line but after 80 feet it hit something and stopped. They stated they were there to try and find out what to do and where to go next.

Prosecutor Luke Furbee said they need to find out who put the pipe in and what caused it to fail. According to the Rexroads the line has been in since the early 1900’s.

Commissioners said they would make some calls and try to get some answers to have something by the next meeting on May 12.

Also during the meeting, commissioners:

  • approved a minor boundary adjustment for Middlebourne annexation. The annexation included some lots in Pleseants View and part of Maple St.
  • passed a resolution of support for the expansion of W.Va. 2 from a 2-lane to a 4-lane was approved on a unanimous vote of the commission.
  • took up a request from the 4-H to have a land line phone installed for local use only. They approved the request and agreed to contact the extension office to request the line.

Tom Cooper, Director of the office of Emergency Management, requested the commissioners approval to apply for a $35,000 grant to be used for the enhancement of the flood plain study. He said he believes it will help with the inconsistencies in the county. He also asked for permission to advertise the project for bid. Commissioners approved the request. Cooper also was approved to apply for a $2,000 training grant.

Commissioner John Stender reported on the heating project at the 4-H grounds. He said the heating for the upper floor should be completed on Thursday. He stated they have also added extra insulation. Stender mentioned the tractor which was purchased last year at a cost of $15,000 is setting under a pavilion at the camp and he would like to have a building erected to store it and other items in. He said the cost of a 12 x 16 building installed would be $2,000. It will be further looked into.

Commissioner Charles Smith, reported Millers heating and Cooling would be starting the air conditioning project next week in the court room. He also said third graders from the local schools would be visiting the court house on Tuesday, June 2, and asked all commissioners who could to be there. He then addressed the need for an elevator at the court house to make it handicap accessible. He said more and more people are asking for it. Total cost approved for both units was $15,500.

Assessor Jackson Hayes, reported on exonerations and Hamilton read the clerk’s fiduciary report. Both were approved. Commissioners also approved the payment of bills & correspondence.

  • At the April 14 meeting, Katy Wells, from Middlebourne EMS, requested from the commissioners approval for a chair, stair lift for the EMS. She informed them it was often difficult and time consuming to remove a sick or injured person from the upstairs of a house or apartment and the lift could possibly save lives. Commissioners agreed to allow the purchase using money from the EMS levy funds.

Commissioners also approved a request from American Legion Unit 67 to sponsor sending three girls to girls state at a total cost of $600.The commission agreed the funds were to be taken from the current year budget.

Tom Cooper, office of emergency management director, was approved to purchase two radios for the mobile command center at a cost of $1,200. Funding will come from the county commission contributions fund.

On a request from county clerk Teresea Hamilton, acting on Coopers’s in his absence, approved a grant in the amount of $18,000 to be used for the OEM office.