WV State Auditor makes
presentation to Commission
Proclamation, Cannon Rededication and lots more included in busy Friday session
State Auditor John B. McCuskey was one of the first to appear before the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday, September 7. The Auditor gave a slide presentation to the Commission outlining the new system the state is utilizing to promote transparency in state spending. He showed how expenditures are posted to a public web site in real time and can be accessed by the public. He explained the advantages of making the spending of public money easier to obtain. McCuskey went on to explain that the same system was available for counties which was the primary reason for his appearance before the body. He explained that he had made the presentation to 35 county commissions and was in the process of traveling to the remaining ones. He stated that the state had already procured the license necessary for counties to utilize the software. He explained that the set up time was minimal and that most county can intergrade their existing software with the program which requires very little staff time to make the updates. He said the setup fee was $3,000 followed by and annual $1,800 licensing renewal fee.
The Commissioners responded favorably to the Auditor’s presentation. George Skidmore made a motion to place the topic on the Commission’s next work session agenda for further discussion and place the matter on the next meeting’s agenda for additional consideration.
Mary Talbot and Pat McPherson appeared before the Commission on behalf of the Braxton County Chapter of the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employee (WVARSE). They requested that the Commission sign a proclamation declaring the week of September 24-28 WVARSE Week in Braxton County. That request was granted on a motion by Lisa Godwin.
Later in the meeting the Commission recognized the “hard work and dedication” of Maintenance Supervisor Randy Coffman. Commission President Ron Facemire told of how he recognized the deteriorated condition of the wheels on the WWII Cannon that sits on the Courthouse Square. Research lead to the Commission to finding out that many years ago the wheels had to be removed and shipped to Pennsylvania to be repaired. “In discussing the matter with Randy, he said he could refurbish the wheels on site,” explained Facemire. The Commission presented Coffman with a plaque commemorating the restoration and his valued work.
Sissy Price, County Health Nurse, gave the Commission an update on the presence of Hepatitis A in the county. She stated that seven cases had been confirmed with two of the seven still being investigated. “The Heath Department is diligently working to help contain the spread of Hepatitis A. Education and vaccination are the key components,” she explained.
John Hoffman, OES/9-1-1 Director gave the Commission his monthly activity report which reflected the highest number of 9-1-1 calls in a single month for several years. Braxton Control handled a total of 903 calls for assistance during the period.
Hoffman also explained that the 9-1-1 Advisory Board has for some time been reviewing the replacement of CAD equipment and a new phone system for the Center. He went on the say that several options were being discussed for the $151,000 acquisition with Zecher Technology being the preferred vendor. George Skidmore made a motion to allow the purchase with final Board approval.
Hoffman also requested permission to advertise for a part-time maintenance worker/janitor for the 9-1-1 building. That request was granted on a motion by Lisa Godwin.
Judith Curran came before the Commission concerning the estate of her son Phillip Curran. She stated that her grandson had requested certain items of his father from the current wife but had not received them. Fiduciary Supervisor Tamara Facemire explained that the widow was of the opinion that she had given the grandson what he requested. Judith Curran asked the Commission to set a hearing to further discuss the matter. Facemire favored having the hearing stating that she could not currently close the estate. Lisa Godwin made a motion to have a hearing on October 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Dale Hall, EMS Director, requested permission to hire Cole McCourt as a part-time employee for the ambulance service. He explained that Cole would receive $10.25 per hour, not received any county benefits and would serve a 90 probationary period. George Skidmore introduced action to approve the request.
In other action, the Probate Appointments for the Monday of August were approved as presented on a motion by George Skidmore.
It was also Skidmore to introduced action to approve the applications for correction of erroneous assessments for Nancy Cutlip and Judith Hall.
Two purchase orders were approved by separate motions. The Maintenance Department was authorized to have Evans Auto perform repairs to the county van at a cost of $557.54 and purchase a motor from United Refrigeration at a costs of $807.15 plus freight.
George Skidmore introduced action to appoint Everett John Hoffman to the Braxton County Airport Authority.
The Commission approved a resolution to allow the county to make a grant application for facility improvements to the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority.
Lisa Godwin made a motion to approve a request from the Burnsville Public Library to release funds allocated them in the current budget when funds become available.
The Commission approved a list of poll workers for the 2018 General Election as submitted by the County Clerk.
Assessor Edith Tichner presented the Commission a letter of resignation for Debra Hoover and requested permission to advertise the job opening. Separate motions by Lisa Godwin accepted the resignation and allowed the Assessor to advertise for a replacement.
Separate motions approved the county and EMS bills for payment as well as the minutes of the Commission’s August 17 regular and special meetings.
Being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 10:44 a.m. The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission will be on September 21 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Sutton man charged with attempted murder
Sutton resident, Thomas Junior Shaw was arrested in Lewis County and charged with attempted murder, malicious assault on government representative, attempting to disarm, fleeing on foot, and two counts each of battery on officer and obstructing an officer.
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Board of Education hold latest meeting
The Braxton County Board of Education conducted their most recent regular meeting on September 4 at the board office. The meeting was called to order by President Jill Cooper at 6:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance. Vice President Dave Hoover provided a nondenominational prayer. Other board members present were Bradley Shingler, Dolores Wright, and DeAnna Whipkey.
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Grant County leads in new
business growth for August
Braxton falls in top ten
Grant County led in new business growth for August 2018 with a total of nine new businesses, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.
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BC Athletic Commission
soliciting new board members
The Braxton County Athletic Expansion Commission, Inc. is recruiting new Board of Directors’ members. Anyone interested in serving on the Board of Directors or for more information, should contact Evelyn Post at 304-439-1863 or Vicky Murphy at 304-364-8600.
The Athletic Expansion Commission was created a few years ago with the goal of building a major sports facility to serve our youth and the community at large. The group was able to raise several dollars but the majority of those dollars were returned to the original donors upon request; however, there are still funds left over from those who chose to leave their donation with the group. The Board would like to recruit interested individuals to serve as Board members to take this goal forward.
The only qualification to serve is a genuine desire to move forward and work hard towards improving the athletic facilities in Braxton County. If new Board members are not recruited, the corporation will be dissolved and the remaining funds will be donated to an athletic facility.