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Child Abuse Prevention Month Is Recognized

By Staff | Mar 28, 2018

At its March 14 meeting, the Tyler County Commission received a report on the county’s Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center, as well as took steps to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The commission agreed to fly a flag at the courthouse, and agreed to the placement of pinwheels in front of the courthouse, both in order to draw attention to Child Abuse Awareness Month.

One of the The Lighthouse CAC’s services involve forensic interviews. These interviews, with child victims, are recorded, and the video can then be shown to police, prosecutors, judges, and social workers. This is so the child victim will not have to reiterate painful abuse details, through an interview process, repeatedly.

Of the CAC’s work Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee noted, “When you’ve sat in a room with a child who is describing how they’ve been sexually abused, you understand how close to the Lord that work is.”

Diana Mace handed in the Victims of Crime Act application for the year 2018-2019 stating there is an increase of $362 from last year’s request. This is a program that has been in affect for 17 years now and has helped thousands of people who were victims of crime in Tyler County. The VOCA grant must be applied for every year and the request this year is for the amount of $39,060.

In another matter, Candy Warner spoke with the commission to inform them she would like to dispose of approximately 130 metal file buckets from the vault. She said she needs to create space for new filing cabinets. Tom Cooper of the Office of Emergency Management stated he could place the file buckets in holding until a decision has been made on what to do with them.

It was suggested the county could hold an auction to sell the items to the highest bidder.

Warner also reported the plaster is falling from the ceiling in her office, but she is hoping the current renovations being made to the courthouse will take care of the problem.

Sheriff Brian Weigle requested the purchase of new bulletproof vests for his department. Vests have a five-year lifetime and the current vests have reached that time limit. The total will be $2,329.80 for 20 vests. The new vests are durable and are easier to get on and off, which will keep from limiting officer’s movements.

In another matter, 911 director Josh Fulks brought a quote to the commissioners for step repairs on the 911 building in the amount of $2,150.

Also, Luke Peters with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council had some documents for the commissioners to sign for the Broadband Planning Project as well as the Route 18 South Water Project.

Commissioner David Kelly reminded attendees that the OEM meeting will be on April 5, and he encouraged all to attend. Kelly also announced that he and Sheriff Weigle had visited Doddridge County’s courthouse to observe the security system; he said he would like to see something similar implemented at the Tyler County courthouse. The system includes metal detectors, x-ray machines, and a large number of cameras installed throughout the courthouse. These items were paid for through grants. Kelly stated, “We need to make sure that we protect everyone in this courthouse.”

In another matter, Commissioner Eric Vincent reported there are trees that need to be removed from the 4-H grounds. There are 12 trees leaning toward the area where the new boys dorm will be built. The 12 trees will be removed, stumps removed, and the ground will be planed for the cost of $7,000.

Vincent also mentioned that the state auditor sent a letter, laying out the procedure of the upcoming audit. The audit will cost $47,560 and it is an audit on every elected official in the county, as well as other grant receiving organizations.

The next Tyler County Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 28 beginning at 9 a.m. and located at the courthouse in Middlebourne.