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Tyler County Commissioners Are Adamant About Safety

By Staff | May 9, 2018

Tyler County Commissioner David Kelly recently reported he and Sheriff Weigle have been researching grants in order to find money available for the hiring of more Resource Officers for the schools of Tyler County. With the uprise of school shootings nationwide, Commissioner Kelly and Sheriff Weigle feel it is important to make the schools as safe as possible. Kelly stated, “We cannot afford to neglect taking care of our children.” He continued, “We think that something like this will never happen in Tyler County, but the best way to make certain of that is to make sure the school is protected…We as county commissioners need to take every effort we can to ensure the safety of our staff and students.”

Kelly would like to continue to look into courthouse security as well. There have been previous instances of threats to judges, prosecutors and officers and so the commissioners want to take measures to make the courthouse even more protected. They would like to have two officers at the door on court days. The back door of the courthouse has already had a key fob installed, so all public traffic must enter through the front doors.

Kelly added the commission had tried one of the A/C units for the courthouse, but it did not work as well as hoped. One problem being that the ceilings are too tall for the 12,000 btu air conditioner. The commissioners decided to seek out further options for cooling the courthouse offices.

Kelly also mentioned that days after the Tyler County PSD requested funding for the water lines on Elk Fork, West Virginia was declared a disaster area and so the PSD should be available to receive federal relief funds.

Kelly received a letter requesting the commissioner’s approval in the naming of a bridge in Tyler City. The bridge will be named after Samuel “Sam” George who was an important part in getting many of the bridges in the county built, as well as being a major contributor to the progress of the South 18 Water Project.

Commissioner Stender mentioned the 4-H grounds cabin has been sent out for bid.

Commissioner Vincent reported the Spring Auction will be held on June 15 beginning at 10 a.m. He would like to get with the department heads to remind them of the opportunity to clear out some unneeded items that are taking up space.

There has been a contract agreement between the commission and the Tyler/Wetzel Health Department. This is an annual renewal in the amount of $12,000.

A summer janitor has been hired to help around the courthouse which has been common practice for the last several years. This year, TCHS Senior Jace Glover was selected to help out with cleaning and small tasks around the courthouse.

WV Rt. 2 & Interstate 68 Authority submitted a stipend request to the commission. All the highways were previously funded by the state of West Virginia, now it has become the responsibility of the county in which they represent. Therefore, a motion passed to donate $3,000 to the Rt.2 & Interstate 68 Authority.

Arthur I. Boreman Elementary third graders will be taking a filed trip on May 25 to the courthouse, 911 center, Sheriff’s Office, and other elected officials’ offices to learn about local government.

The next Tyler County Commission meeting will be held on May 23 beginning at 9 a.m. and located at the Tyler County Courthouse in Middlebourne.