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Tyler County Commission Renews AirMed Care Policy

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Aug 18, 2021

Tyler County Commission met in regular session on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 9 AM. Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by Commission President Mike Smith and the Prayer lead by Commissioner Eric Vincent the commissioners moved on to approve the minutes of the July 29, 2021 meeting. Also approved were the Exonerations and the Fiduciary Report.

First up on the agenda was E-911 Director, Josh Fulks. Josh reported he had not heard back from Sam Wagner regarding the excavating work to be completed at the E-911 building, therefore the matter was tabled until the next meeting. Also Josh requested the commissioners enter into Executive Session to discuss the Paden City Police Department dispatch moving from Wetzel County to Tyler County. The Commissioners entered executive session at 9:07 AM. They exited executive session at 9:18 AM. and tabled the request.

Mayor Steve Kastigar from Paden City appeared before the commissioners to ask if any decision had been made on their contribution of $150,000 for the city’s sewer project.

As has been explained in past articles Paden City is requesting $450,000 split between three entities: the Wetzel county commissioners, which has been approved; Paden City, which has been secured, and the Tyler County Commission each in the amount of $150,000.

The total cost of the sewer project is $2.45 million of which $1.5 million is being requested from the Army Corps of Engineers and $500,000 from the West Virginia Infrastructure Council. The additional $450,000 is to go for soft costs which include engineering permits, right of way clearance, architectural designs, etc.

The county commissioners explained to Mayor Kastigar they are in the process of prioritizing requests coming from different municipalities and to be fair to all, they would have an answer for Paden City at the next commission meeting concerning their grant request.

Other items tabled at the meeting were a discussion from WYK Associates asking for a project construction contract change order at the Tyler county E-911 center and the recommended verification survey from CTL for the excavation work at the center. Since no decision on who would be conducting the excavation work had been reached on either issue, both were tabled until the next meeting.

Commission President Mike Smith requested approval of the renewal of the AirMedCare policy. This is a service to any resident of Tyler County and selective surrounding counties providing free Life Flight when needed as a response to medical emergencies. Counties included in the service are Wetzel, Doddridge, Pleasants, Ritchie, Ohio and Wood in WV, and Washington County in Ohio.

This policy stipulates patients from these surrounding counties also will benefit providing the Life Flight pick up is made in Tyler County. The commissioners said that the policy had been in place for the last five or six years, and they would like very much to see the policy continue. The annual cost for the policy is $80,780. Commissioners approved the request.

Under correspondence Commissioner Lance Hickman reported to the commissioners that the youth camp was highly successful, and he extended thanks to the courthouse staff and all the volunteers that made the camp possible. The camp provided activities and daily meals for the kids. The camp was open for campers in kindergarten through 11th grade and had over 100 campers participating.

There was no one present for public comment and following the approval of the bills and budget revisions the meeting was adjourned at 9:52 AM. The next scheduled meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners is August 24 at 9 AM