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Tyler County Commission Discuss Broadband Expansion

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | May 19, 2021

Tyler County Commission held their regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:00 am. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Mike Smith and Prayer from Eric Vincent, the Commissioners approved the minutes from the April 13, 2021 meeting, approved the minutes of the April 20, 2021 Laying of the Levy minutes, Exonerations from Tyler County Assessor Lisa Jackson and the Fiduciary report from County Clerk Neil Archer.

Commissioner Mike Smith then brought to the commissioner’s attention a renewal quote needed in the amount of $1,651.00 for software at the E-911 Center, which was approved. Approval was then given to fund $7,350 to survey an existing access road to the 911 center.

Eric Peters, from the Tyler County Development Authority, was present to discuss with commissioners the Tyler County ReConnect broadband project assistance request. Eric explained the West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) and the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council (WVIJDC), which are lenders to the TCDA, are prepared to execute a shared collateral agreement to move forward toward starting construction on the broadband network.

Three required intercreditor agreements are part of the complete agreement between the funding agency, the United States Agriculture Department (USDA) and the Tyler County Development Authority (TCDA). “We cannot execute any closing documents and the loan/grant agreement without executed intercreditor agreements in place,” said Mr. Peters.

In order to draw down the grants and loans that have been approved, all three of the TCDA’s lenders need to enter into a shared position. WVEDA and WVIJDC are ready to move forward, however, Summit Bank is in a position of being under collateralized by $262,259. The two options presented to the commissioners by Mr. Peters are (1) pay off the Summit Bank loan of $496,009 or (2) establish an interest-bearing escrow account with Summit Bank equal to the additional $262,259 needed to adequately collateralized the loan. County Commissioners approved option two.

There was no one present under public comment. Following the approval of the bills, the meeting was adjourned.

The next scheduled meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners is May 11 at 9:00am in the Chambers of the Courthouse.

Regular Session of the Tyler County Commission

Tyler County Commission met at the Courthouse on the 11th day of May 2021 at 9:00 A.M. Present for the meeting were Commissioner Mike Smith, Commissioner Eric Vincent and Commissioner Lance Hickman. On motion of Mr. Vincent the commission unanimously approved the minutes of the April 27, 2021 Commission Meeting along with the Exonerations presented by Assessor Lisa Jackson.

Also approved was the Fiduciary Report presented by County Clerk Neil A. Archer.

Discussion topics for the meeting included approval of the bid and subcontractor’s agreement concerning the Judicial Building construction, approval of a Letter of Engagement from Claytor Enterprises for preparation of the Fiscal Year 20/21 Financial Statement, and update on the new security control system.

Josh Fulks, E-911 Director, stated the new security control system is hooked up at the Tyler County Courthouse. The cost to upgrade will be $12,010.63.

On motion by Commissioner Vincent the commission entered executive session at 9:08 am to discuss Student Resource Officers. Regular session resumed at 9:50 a.m.

The following in-house budget revisions were submitted for approval: Training & Education $2,735, Overtime Extra Help $3,235, Contracted services $750, Capital Outlay Equipment $1,500 Office Supplies $2,000 and Contracted Services $1,000.

The commission unanimously approved the above in-house budget revisions.

A citation was received and shared with the members from the majority leader of the House of Delegates thanking the Tyler County Commission for their work and recognizing county officials and personnel as essential workers.

Finally the commission unanimously approved to pay the bills, and moved to adjourn. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler County Commission is May 25, 2021 in the Courthouse Chambers.