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Tyler County Commission Meets

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Feb 17, 2021

The Tyler County Commission held their regularly scheduled meeting on February 9, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Tyler County Courthouse. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Mike Smith, and Prayer led by Eric Vincent, the meeting began with the approval of the minutes from the January 26, 2021 meeting. Exonerations were heard from Tyler County Assessor Lisa Jackson and approved, and County Clerk Neil Archer gave the fiduciary report which also was approved by the commission.

First up on the agenda was addressing the resent request from Scott Dalrymple, of the Paden City Park and Pool Board, to discuss funding assistance. At the last commission meeting on January 26, Dalrymple requested the commissioners consider funding the needed repairs to the pool and camping area of the city park in the amount of $26,380. The commissioners decided they needed further discussion on the issue before reaching any decision. They also asked the park and pool board to look for other potential funding. At this time the commissioners believe their priorities are several projects already underway regarding the maintenance of the courthouse as well as monies needed for the construction of the new judicial building.

OEM director Tom Cooper reported he had no update to share concerning the lease proposal for the Marietta police boat. He is still waiting on a reply from the City of Marietta and asked the commissioners to table the issue until he does hear back which hopefully should be by the next meeting.

Next before the commissioners was Tina Lemasters from the City of Middlebourne Sewer Department addressing the need for a new lift station at the sewer plant. The current lift station does not have the capacity to handle the amount of sewage they are receiving and moving on to the sewer plant. Lemasters explained with the addition of both new businesses and households in the community the need for the lift station is now. The current sewer rate of $48.24 is already considered high, according to Lemasters, based on minimum usage from 0 to 3000 gallons. She did not feel any hike in the server rates was necessary or fair to their customers.

Lemasters reported that to replace the lift station would cost $73,600, and the department has approached several other agencies regarding the funds needed, with no success to date. Commissioner Smith responded that the city code needed to be studied prior to the possibility of any money being granted to the sewer department. He stated that city code reads that the revenue for the sewer department comes from sewer rates and only emergencies or line extensions can be funded from other sources. Commissioner Vincent went on to say that he would look in to potential private donors to fund the new lift station. The matter was moved to the next commission meeting for further discussion. Commissioners then approved the purchase of the new x-ray protection system with extended warranty for use in the court house. Total cost of the machine and the extended warranty is roughly $35,000.

Approved during the meeting was the application for the E-911 Center water well, along with the permit to install a sewage disposal system at the same site. Also getting approval was payment to the WVCoRP (West Virginia Communities Risk Pool) which is a fully comprehensive risk management program utilized by the commission and is member owned.

A request from the Sheriff’s Department to add five additional personal days for the deputies was approved by the commissioners. The personal days if not used by the deputies by year’s end are eligible to be cashed out.

Vice president Eric Vincent announced to the commissioners there would be three workshop dates for department heads to present their budgets beginning on March 17 and continuing on March 18 and 19th. Commissioner Vincent also made a motion to approve the revised purchase agreement with Rodney Miller for the property adjacent to the new judicial building. That motion was seconded and approved. Following the approval by the commissioners for paying bills the meeting was adjourned at 9:32 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler County commission is Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in the Tyler County Courthouse in the council chambers.