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Tyler County Commission Hears Light Agenda

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Mar 3, 2021

Among the items discussed at the Tyler County Commission meeting held on February 23, 2021 were reminders for scheduling the fire levy for the May ballot by Shirley Volunteer Fire Department, some relaxing of the current COVID-19 policy as it relates to the Courthouse and possible Funding for the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Commissioner Mike Smith and prayer, led by Commissioner Eric Vincent. Following the approval of the Fiduciary Report by County Clerk, Neil A. Archer II and no Exonerations from Tyler County Assessor, Lisa Jackson, the commissioners began discussing items on the agenda.

First up was Jimmy Wade from the Shirley Volunteer Fire Department asking commissioners to place the fire levy on the May ballot. Commissioner Mike Smith stated that no action was needed at this time, but would be addressed at a later date closer to the election. Mr. Wade explained he was just making sure it did not need to be approved at this time and asked the commissioners to keep in touch with him when he needed to return. All three commissioners expressed their gratitude to Mr. Wade for staying on top of the fire levy and how much they appreciated his efforts.

Commissioner Mike Smith brought to the board’s attention the current COVID policy at the courthouse needs updating.

The policy was amended in November with stricter guidelines for entrance to the courthouse.

Sheriff Weigle expressed the need for the public to have easier access to the tax office and have the ability to renew their drivers license. Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee reported while an official policy needs to be formalized; the commissioners did have the authority to change the policy prior to written approval.

The Commissioners agreed to open up the access to the public and limit the number of people in the building to one person per office at a time. The security guards would be responsible for regulating the number and social distancing and masks would be required. The new policy takes effect immediately. The official written policy would be approved at the next meeting.

Commissioner Eric Vincent read a request from the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center (CAC) requesting $50,000 for repairs to their newly acquired location in New Martinsville at 261 Monroe Ave.

The advocacy center services both Tyler and Wetzel Counties by providing a community based center that meets the needs of children and families suffering the trauma of child abuse. Commissioner Vincent stated, “The CAC is an incredible organization designed for the protection of our children, and we should do all we can to support them.” It was noted that the Wetzel County Commission gave the CAC $50,000 for the purchase of the new building but several repairs were needed.

Among those were a roof repair, sound proofing in the interview rooms, expansion of the welcome area, and other needs. The commissioners tabled the request until the next meeting.

Budget revisions were read and approved pending approval from the State Auditor. Following the approval of the bills the meeting was adjourned. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners is March 9, 2021 at 9 a.m. at the Tyler County Courthouse.