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Commission Purchases New Voting Machines

By Staff | Nov 29, 2017

Cam Wilson of Electronic Systems & Software presented the companies new and improved electronic voting machine during last weeks county commission meeting. The new machines offer a modern approach to an old-school system. Voters will insert an empty ballot in the voting machine to begin voting. Votes are placed electronically and then printed out on a card stock to review. If there are any changes to the ballot, the voter is able to enter back in the system to make any changes. Voters now have digital and hard copies of their ballot.

“County clerks have checks and balances on the back end. They have a system that empowers and gives them the modern approach with an electronic feel as well as the back up ballots. Any challenges in the integrity of the next elections, now-there will be paper and digital back up,” said Wilson.

After Commissioner John Stender questioned the longevity of the voting machine, Wilson guaranteed 15 years.

With a $20,000 trade-in on the old voting machines, Wilson assured commissioners of his confidence to guarantee them 26 electronic voting machines for $225,000. With that information, the commission moved to purchase 26 electronic voting machines only at the price of $225,000.

Eric Peters of the Tyler County Development Authority presented the commission with requests, appointments, renewals and nominations regarding the TCDA and the Tyler County Planning Commission that were all approved by the commission. Peters first requested for commission to approve that any new TCDA members or renewed members are appointed to the TCPC as well. New TCDA members Scott Northcraft and Brandon Chaddock will both have three years on the planning commission. Additionally, Terry Wiley and John Hopkins are renewed for three year terms on both organizations. Because Brandon Chaddock is now representing Sistersville, Peters requested the removal of William Rice. He then presented three nominations on behalf of Paden City for membership for TCDA. Nominees included Chad Chaplin, Lyle Baker and Mike Turner. The commission approved business owner Chad Chaplin to represent Paden City on the TCDA.

The commission also approved a resolution presented by Peters. The resolution states that the TCDA since inception has been the lead development economic agency in Tyler County and that makes them eligible for the 2018 Local Economic Development Grant. The resolution is the last submission for the grants Dec. 1 deadline.

The commisssion accepted two bids regarding the repairs to the sewage pump and waterline in the Pleasantview Building. The commisssion accepted Swiss Valley Associates bid for the sewage pump at $11,400 and JT Paving’s bid for waterline at $2,800.

The commission granted permission for a free of charge demolition of the cement building located on the 4-H grounds. The building must come down to be able to move forward with the process of the HVAC project.

The following Board of Equalization meeting proposed dates were approved; Feb. 1 at 9 a.m, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m., Feb. 8 at 9 a.m., Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and Feb. 20 at 11 a.m.

Sheriff Brian Weigle submitted an updated employee sick days and vacation policy for the commissioners to review for approval. The commission discussed the policy with Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee. After a brief discussion, the policy was tabled to be decided on at a later date.

The commission approved the following regular business items; the minutes of the Nov. 6 meeting, exonerations from the assessor and the clerk’s fidicuiary report.

The next meeting is Dec.6 at 9 a.m. at the Tyler County Courthouse.