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Tyler Commission Addresses Matters

By Staff | Dec 5, 2018

At the Nov. 27 meeting of the Tyler County Commission, Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board Executive Director Rosemary Guida provided an update on Workforce. She said there had been a budget cut of $131,000, but she still felt there would be training for jobs for those who needed to be served. She mentioned the summer work program was again a success, and she felt the kids learned things and had a good time. She mentioned Workforce didn’t have any kids from Tyler County in its programs, and she felt the commission should help with that, noting Workforce would pay for a supervisor. She also noted Workforce has an office in New Martinsville.

Tyler County Commissioner David Kelly told Guida he had used the New Martinsville location’s services by sending some people in that direction.

In another matter, the commission tabled the purchase of a fingerprinting machine until Sheriff Brian Weigle receives needed information.

The commission unanimously approved the Decision on the Antero/CNX Board of Assessment and Appeals Hearing. The decision was that the state tax department was correct in its assessment, and the companies are being fairly taxed as the laws are set.

Rosanne Eastham was appointed by the commission to the Little Kanawha RC&D Board on a motion by Commissioner John Stender. The commission also approved the Grant and Payment schedule for the 4-H boys dorm. The payments are to be made through Steptoe and Johnson in payments of $100,000, $120,000, $120,000 and $124,000.

A completion date of May 31 has been set for project completion. Also approved was a lease agreement with the Tyler County Fair Board.

In another matter, James (Cork) Bowen and Chuck Fiest were present representing the Paden City Development Authority and requested help from the commission for repairs to the roof at the Office of Emergency Management building at the Paden City Industrial Park. Bowen told the commission they are getting estimates and have one for the project for $100,000. He said they had requested $42,000 in May of this year. He mentioned there being a working relationship between the commission and the PCDA, which included a rental agreement for the OEM office and storage space.

Bowen said they have provided the space for $400 per month but believes it needs to be $1,000. Commissioner Kelly told Bowen he would need to advertise and get more estimates before the commission could formally agree to the rent increase, and they would need a guarantee on the monthly rent. Bowen agreed, saying he would have to take the information back to the board he represents.

However, it was agreed there is a good working relationship between the two parties, and it was then agreed to increase the OEM rent to $1,000 starting Jan. 1.