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Meeting Minutes

WETZEL COUNTY COMMISSION APRIL TERM July 7, 2015

- Tuesday, July 07, 2015

WETZEL COUNTY COMMISSION

APRIL TERM

 

                                                                                                                                             July 7, 2015

 

County Commission met pursuant to adjournment of June 30, 2015.

 

Present:  Lawrence P. Lemon, Vice-President and Donald E. Mason, Commissioner

Absent:   Robert L. Gorby, President

 

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IN RE:  VACATION ORDERS APPROVED

 

(Record Orders)

 

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IN RE:  ASSESSOR’S OFFICE—TERA PHILLIPS—OATH OF OFFICE AND CERTIFICATE

 

Oath of Office and Certificate for Tera Phillips-Filed.

 

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IN RE:  FAMILY LAW JUDGE—SUPREME COURT—INVOICE

 

Invoice in the amount of $372.00 for rent of office space provided to the Family Law Judge for the month of June, 2015 was sent to the Supreme Court.

 

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IN RE:  EXTENSION OFFICE—SALARY—FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016

 

(Record)

 

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IN RE:  TRANSFER OF FUNDS—GENERAL COUNTY

 

(Record Order)

 

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IN RE:  BURTON CLINIC AND E911 FEES—CHECKS RECEIVED

 

Checks received as follows:

 

Burton Clinic – Clay Battelle Community Health Center - $100.00

E911 Fees – Cebridge Telecom WV - $6,658.15

 

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IN RE:  HUNDRED-LITTLETON PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT—WEST VIRGINIA DEVELOPMENT OFFICE—CHECK RECEIVED

 

Check in the amount of $2,944.46 received from West Virginia Development Office for Hundred-Littleton Public Service District Small Cities Block Grant – Drawdown #19 (Final draw for project).

 

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IN RE:  REQUEST FOR REVISION TO APPROVED BUDGET—GENERAL COUNTY

 

(Record Resolution and Request)

 

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IN RE:  COMMUNITY FUNDATION FOR THE OHIO VALLEY—WETZEL COUNTY FUND

 

Susie Nelson and Lisa Moore with the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley met with the Commission regarding the Wetzel County Fund.  The Foundation was founded in the 1970’s and the Wetzel County Fund was created a couple of years ago to promote philanthropy and to assist donors in giving back to causes.  With the increase due to the oil and gas industry in the region they have been encouraging individual philanthropy as well as the oil and gas companies.  The Wetzel County Fund was started in 2013 and received contributions totaling $15,000 of which $7,500 has been granted out.  Grants were awarded as follows:  Northern Panhandle Head Start, Jacksonburg Facility -$1,250 for a sidewalk, paving area leading to wheelchair ramp; Community Resources - $1,250 for low-income rental assistance in Wetzel County; Hundred Area Pride - $1,250 for Trail Maintenance; Friends of Wetzel County Animal Shelter - $1,250 for veterinary care; Wetzel County Museum - $625 for museum display cases; Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center Program - $1,250 for Secual Abuse program; and Wetzel County Cancer Coalition -$625 for transporting patients to cancer treatments.  The Committee for Wetzel County consists of Don Riggenbach, President, Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce; Tulane Mensore, Member of the CFOV Board of Trustees; Christine Mitchell, Dominion and Josh Jefferson, Regional Economic Development Group.  They approved diverse types of grants and also funded different geographical areas in the county.  The Foundation is in partnership with Statoil acting as a pass-through agency accepting the applications although Statoil approves who receives funding.  Statoil gave $25,000 last year and this year they will be providing $50,000.  They are also working with Wetzel County Hospital to develop an endowment fund. 

 

Commission advised they were interested in establishing a Wetzel County Economic Development Fund and were considering making a $25,000 contribution for such development including job creation-hiring by local businesses and also to inspire local businesses to expand.

 

Discussion was held on ways to build up the Wetzel County Fund by creating public awareness.

 

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IN RE:  PADEN CITY WILDCATS BOOSTER CLUB—REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE—MATTHEW BARKER MEMORIAL COMPLEX

 

Kelly Schultheis, Treasurer, and Miranda Corcoran, Secretary, Paden City Wildcat Boosters Club, met with the Commission seeking financial assistance with expenses for the Matthew Barker Memorial Complex, the building constructed and owned by the Boosters.  They offered background on the Boosters:  started in 1950 with the construction of Paden City High School and then primarily supported sports/athletic programs.  They have now switched priority to academic programs.  They provided funding for following school related programs:  ACT Testing for the Junior Class, college classes for the Junior and Senior Classes, supplies for Science and Art Departments, expenses associated with Prom and Graduation, playground equipment for elementary school, supplies for individual students, assistance with expenses for students attending Girls’ State, sports uniforms and equipment.  Their main fund raiser was bingo which was held every Saturday night and they were averaging receipts of $3,000 to $5,000.  They were renting space until the construction of the Matthew Barker Memorial Complex which was used for bingo as well as a community building.  They were able to construct the building with funding received from a foundation.  The foundation contributed $150,000 for the first year and the verbal agreement was for an additional $50,000 each year.  They only received the $50,000 for one year and now that is not being honored.  Profits from bingo are down to $400 to $500 per quarter.  Attendance has gone from 120 down to 20 or 30 for a number reasons including the number of gaming

Institutions and lack of interest.  They still owe $185,000 on the building and are doing fund raisers just to keep the building open and have been unable to make contributions for things to help the community.  Building is used for a variety of purposes.  They requested help with paying off the debt on the building so that they can go back to helping the community.

 

Commission asked that a letter be submitted requesting contribution to save the building for use by Paden City and surrounding communities.

 

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IN RE:  SHERIFF’S OFFICE—ADDITIONAL PURCHASING CARDS

 

Michael Koontz, Chief Deputy, Sheriff’s Office, and Lori McCoy, Bookkeeper, County Clerk’s Office, met with the Commission regarding additional purchasing cards for use by the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Koontz stated that additional cards are needed for purchases other than gasoline such as uniforms, materials and supplies, etc.  He reported that the use of purchasing cards for gasoline has worked out very well and has been properly managed and maintained.  He requested two (2) additional cards with four (4) authorized users which include the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Secretary and Senior Deputy.  Any purchases would have to be approved by the Sheriff.

 

McCoy reported that Bookkeeping has had no problems with the purchasing cards currently being used by the Sheriff’s Office for gasoline. 

 

Donald E. Mason moved to approve issuance of additional purchasing cards for the Sheriff’s Office with credit limit up to $5,000.  Seconded by Lawrence P. Lemon.  Vote was unanimous. 

 

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IN RE:  MOLLOHAN CENTER—USE BY WOMEN OF THE MOOSE

 

Carolyn Gatian, Women of the Moose-Chapter #2165, requested use of the Mollohan Center at a reduced or free rate for their annual fund raiser, “Quarter Auction”, to be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015.  Monies are used to support Moose related activities/charities as well as other local organizations and agencies such as Helping Hands, Bag of Bounty and Clothing Closet for schools.

 

Donald E. Mason moved to grant use of the Mollohan Center to the Women of the Moose free of charge for their fund raising event.  Seconded by Lawrence P. Lemon.  Vote was unanimous.

 

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IN RE:  COURTHOUSE—ELECTRICAL & HVAC UPGRADES—LOMBARDI DEVELOPMENT CO.—APPROVAL OF APPLICATION AND CERTIFICATION FOR PAYMENT

 

Donald E. Mason moved to approve payment of invoice in the amount of $55,350 from Lombardi Development Co. for Courthouse Electrical & HVAC upgrades.  Seconded by Lawrence P. Lemon.  Vote was unanimous.

 

(Application and Certification for Payment #1-Filed)

(Certified Payroll-Filed)

 

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IN RE:  COURTHOUSE AND 4-H CAMP—CORRECTED QUOTE ON PURCHASE OF AEDS (AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS

 

Commission received corrected quote for purchase of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) for the Courthouse and 4-H Camp.  Original quote was as follows:  Low cost option - $17,729.60 and best option – purchase of ZOLL AED Pluses - $21,760.  Corrected quote received as follows:  Low cost option - $4,432.40 and best option – purchase of ZOLL AED Pluses - $5,455.84.

 

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IN RE:  WETZEL COUNTY SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY BOARD—MICHAEL DURIG APPOINTED BY PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

 

Commission received notification of the appointment of Michael Durig to the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority for a term expiring June 30, 2019 by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.

 

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Donald E. Mason moved that the Commission adjourn to meet Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  Seconded by Lawrence P. Lemon.  Vote was unanimous.


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