this weeks edition:
Sometimes you just can’t get ahead…
It’s been one of those weeks. In fact it’s been a couple of them. It started when our network computer server here at the office died. Granted, it had lived a very long life, but when it went belly up… panic set in. Fortunately for me Greg Veltry at HariTech LLC came to our rescue. He had to work over the weekend, to install and program a new one, but when we came to work on Monday morning, everything was back to normal.
On that same Monday, I headed out the door to work only to be greeted by a flat tire on my truck. It was time for service and Ryan Skidmore squeezed me in. Unfortunately I had neglected the truck some, so in addition to the oil change, I needed new breaks, rotors and a universal joint. As it turned out the tire was mortally wounded. That set of tires was showing ware but I had hoped to get the summer out of them. So my oil change turned into over a $500 bill and the new tires came to $900. So as you can imagine, it’s been an expensive couple of weeks.
Cleaning off my desk…
Since my computer was only in partial operation I had time to clean off my desks. Those who frequent my office know that doesn’t happen very often. It is always amazing what turns up from under those piles. There are usually one or two surprises. Of course there was the obvious… a few bills that needed paid. I also found some notes on various subject matters. Some of them were for future editorial columns. One concerned the County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia’s upcoming annual meeting.
By the way… the local county officials were not the only ones who got more money out of the recent change in the county’s classification. The dues for these associations are tied to those classes, so we are now paying more taxpayer dollars to them in dues. Those who read this column regularly know how I feel about this expense.
Another footnote… I noticed the other day, that most of that equipment that was setting on New Route 19 near the 57 Exit of I-79 is no longer there. The assessment of that equipment was a key ingredient in our county jumping two classifications. Now that the equipment is gone, one can only assume that we will not be seeing any tax money from it.
Back to the CCAWV Annual Meeting… in addition to substantial dues paid these organization, each Commissioner will be paying $300 to register for the “training” plus travel, lodging and additional meals. The itinerary only lists a board meeting on Saturday evening. On Sunday, there is a roundtable discussion in the afternoon, nothing listed in the morning, and a welcome reception. Monday lists a business meeting in the AM and breakout sessions in the afternoon. No real programing is listed for the final day, Tuesday.
I don’t see much value in what is listed. I guess our Commissioners plan to attend; they preapproved paying the fees a couple of meetings ago.
Will return soon...