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Tyler County Commission Approves Sewer Funding

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Sep 1, 2021

The Tyler County Commission met in regular session on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9a.m. in the Courthouse Chambers. Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by Commission President Mike Smith and the Prayer led by Commissioner Eric Vincent the County Commissioners moved on to approve the minutes of the August 10, 2021 meeting as well as the Exonerations from Tyler County Assessor Lisa Jackson and the Fiduciary Report from County Clerk Neil A. Archer II.

First up on the agenda was Todd Strickler from Memorial Health Systems providing an update on the hospital and to introduce the new EMS supervisor Logan Sailor. Todd told the Commissioners that Memorial Health Systems were continuing to increase the services offered at Sistersville Hospital and that he looks forward to working with Mr. Sailor.

Paden City police Chief Anthony Lauer then informed Commissioners that the switch from Wetzel County dispatch to Tyler County dispatch will take place on September 1.

A representative from the Mayor’s office of 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 clearances, architectural designs, etc. The County Commissioners approved their part of the split.

Then Commission President Mike Smith requested the commissioners’ approval to hire additional maintenance/janitorial help. Mr. Smith explained with the new facilities being built over the next year, additional staff would be needed. The decision was made to move the current custodian, currently at part-time status, to full-time employment.

President Smith next asked commissioners for a motion to approve the Data Max contract. DataMax is a company that helps municipalities capture lost revenues, like delinquent taxes. Sheriff Weigle commented that the county currently is collecting roughly 90 percent of the taxes but 10 percent is still out there to be collected. A motion was made and seconded; the contract was approved.

Following the approval of the DataMax contract, Commissioner Smith sought approval for the location of the County Home Memorial. A decision was made for the location of the memorial to be installed on county commission land near the entrance of the fairgrounds.

Finally, Josh Fulks, E-911 Director asked for approval to purchase four satellite links which would improve the reception of the center at a cost of $28,276 from Unified Solutions. He also asked for approval to purchase radio consuls and radios at a cost of $98,456 also from Unified Solutions. Both requests were approved. On the issue of the new driveway to the center, Mr. Fulks explained he would like to see the existing driveway paved vs a new driveway; however, there were concerns from the DOH about the paving. The commissioners tabled the discussion until they were able to sort out the issues.

Following the approval of bills and budget revisions, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners is set for September 7 in the County Courthouse Chambers.