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By Staff | Jun 5, 2019

The Tyler County Commission opened its regular meeting on Tuesday May 28, pPrayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by approval of the May 14, meeting minutes. They also passed the exonerations as given by Patty Weekley and the fiduciary report from County Clerk Neil Archer 11.

The commission passed several motions, including placing the highly controversial County Home out for demolition bids through notice in the paper. The commissioners on a motion by John Stender and a second by Mike Smith unanimously approved posting the domolition of the county home. Contractors will have until 4 p.m. on June 14, 2019 to submit a proposal to the Tyler County Commission.

Commissioners also approved a request from Luke Peters representing the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, for a contractor drawdown on the Route 18 water project. The drawdown is for $4,643 to Cerrone and $47,237.81 to Stonegate, was approved unanimously on a motion from Smith and second by Stender. Peters said the contractors are getting nearer to completion and there needs to be a walk thru sometime in June with the engineer. He also said the water lines have been tested and they are waiting on test results.

Peters gave the commissioners an update on the county-wide broadband project. According to Peters they are approaching the June 21, deadline for funding and hope to have their application work completed by June 12, and the engineers are working to meet that deadline.

He explained the project their looking at would be to run fiber line from a point near Clarksburg, along Route 50, into Tyler County along Route 18 and connect with the Tower at Klondike, then continue to Middlebourne and Sistersville. He said once the project is complete customers would be able to upgrade their service and as many as 940 homes that don’t presently have service would be able to purchase up to 100 megabytes.

Also approved was a donation request from Diana Mace of the family resource network for the annual back to school fair set for Monday, August 12, at Tyler Consolidated High School. Mace said it’s a good event that helps kids with school supplies and several other things including haircuts. She said law enforcement helps with the event. The commissioners donated $500 towards the school fair.

Commissions approved the renewal of insurance coverage from WV CoRP in the amount of $83,369. Commission President Eric Vincent said the insurance plan is for workers comp., property, liability cyber risk, and automobile, among other things.

The commissioners also expressed appreciation to all those who responded to the gasoline tank fire on Saturday, at Bens Run. They thanked all the first responders and commended them on doing a great job. Vincent said they really appreciate the hard work and effort from the first responders and they tanked them for what they did.

The commissioners tabled a request from the Honorable Judge David Hummel concerning a donation for Drug Court. Hummel said they are going to be replacing drug court with treatment court which will provide mental and behavioral health treatment to go along with drug treatment. The matter will be placed on the commission agenda for the next scheduled meeting. Drug Court has been run for 11 years now and crimes that root themselves from drugs are Pandemic said Hummel. He said the largest age group served is between 18 and 26. They are now loooking at aftercare for long term success with a fourth stage being added.

He said an internal assessment shows room for improvement. Northwood Health Systems came up with a therapeutic model plan and sent it to Charleston, it was considered not just good but great. Hummel was asking for the commissioners support.

A contract with Frontier to upgrade internet service at the Sheriff’s office was also approved unanimously on a motion by Stender and second by Smith.

The commission approved the appointment of Tina Bell to fill the unexpired term of Emory Yeater on the Tyler County Development Authority. Bell was also appointed to the Tyler County Planning Commission. Tom Cooper received a re-appointment to the Wetzel/Tyler Health Board effective Jult 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024. Both motions were made by commissioner Mike Smith with a second by John Stender.

In other business the commissioners passes a motion by John Stender and seconded by Mike Smith for acceptance of the Sistersville Ambulance from the Sistersville Fire Hall where it will be stationed and used as a secondary service. As the ambulance service joined forces with the Hospital.

An update was given on the condition of the Rail Road crossing at Bens Run. The crossing is waiting to be repaved , however it is believed there will be assistance from the state. Which will be a good thing.

Prosecutor Luke Furbee said closing for the Smith property adjacent to the Tyler Co. 4-H grounds. He said they would need a check for $10,343.00 for the property and other fees would be brought forth via invoice.