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Courthouse Improvement Grant Sought

By Staff | Sep 16, 2015

At Tuesday’s Sept. 8, 2015 County Commission meeting, Luke Peters from the Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) informed the commissioners that they need to get quotes for the courthouse facilities improvement grant. He said the applications are due Oct. 2. Recommendations for the exterior were roofing, downspouts, flashing, masonry, and site draining issues. For the interior fire and sprinkler system, fire alarm system, new exit signs, receptacles, air conditioning and etc.

Commissioner Charles Smith felt that new front and rear entrances would make a good project and Commission President Eric Vincent mentioned fire alarm system expenses would be for construction, design, installation and purchase.

Josh Fulks, of the 911 center, said Todd Hetrick from Consol Energy was unable to be at the meeting but Fulks said they had spoken on Wednesday and Consol was willing to pay $900 per month to use the 911 tower.

Diane Mace Victims Advocate Coordinator said October is bullying prevention month and she is doing a program with Tyler Consolidated High School students. She said it is an essay contest and she is accepting donations for prizes. It was mentioned that checks could be added to the commission budget as a line item.

Commissioners considered the appointment of a first judicial circuit public defender corporation board member. The term expires June 30, 2017. The appointment was tabled until the June 22, meeting and was to be added to the agenda.

Commissioners approved the Commercial Dog Breeders Inspection Ordinance. The ordinance was prepared by Luke Furbee. There was a question as to which county office would administer the permits. Furbee said it would be up to the commission’s discretion which office is better equipped to handle the permits. The fees will be adopted according to state code.

The bidding for demolition of the Maupin property was unanimously approved. Commissioners discussed acquiring the Suter property to use for vicious dogs and evidence storage. They will check the recording of the sale.

Bill Dawson presented the commission with the Hero’s Day Proclamation, the second Saturday of September annually. This year Hero’s Day had the Vietnam Veterans Wall exhibition on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday there were two military helicopters along with a host of other events. Commissioners unanimously approved the proclamation.

Sheriff Bob Kendle said there was a need for a new flag pole lanyard. It was approved to purchase a new lanyard.

Shannon Huffman from the sheriff’s office asked the commission for funding for ALICE (Alert Lockdown Information Counter Evacuate) training. Huffman said he and Mitch Corley attended class in Parkersburg last October. This years training is set for Oct. 5, at Tyler County Schools. Funding is needed for equipment to conduct the training, such as air soft guns and face masks. He said $852.93 is needed with a leeway of up to $1,000 to buy the equipment. Commissioners unanimously approved the funding.

Budget revisions were approved pending the state auditors approval. The next regular meeting will be held at the commission chambers on Sept. 22, at 9 a.m.