The Braxton Democrat, Town Meeting

Commission Hears About Region VII Work; Sheriff to Hire Chief Deputy

Shane Whitehair, Executive Director of Region VII Planning and Development Council was one of the first to appear before the Braxton County Commission at their Regular meeting last Friday, October 14. Whitehair gave the Commissioners a rundown on the services his agency provides directly to Braxton County in lieu of the $14,000 paid annually to the organization.
Sheriff Lou DellaMea also spoke to the Commission. He requested permission to advertise for the position of Chief Deputy Sheriff. He outlined the duties of the position saying, the successful applicant would be the direct supervisor of all subordinate deputy sheriffs. They would prepare work schedules and other reports for the Sheriff’s approval. The applicant must be a certified policy officer with supervisory experience. DelleMea stated that the starting salary would be $32,500 annually. A motion by Larry Clifton gave the Sheriff permission to begin the search.
John Hoffman. OES/9-1-1/EMS Director presented the Commission with reports detailing the activities of his agencies for the month of September. That report revealed that Braxton Control had fielded 2,253 calls during the time period. Of those, 496 were for law enforcement; 87 were fire related and 172 were for EMS assistance.
In other action, Melvin Gum made a motion to approve the probate appointment as presented by the Fiduciary Supervisor.
The Commission approved applications for correction of erroneous assessments for the following: Angela Bedunah, John Mccoy, Alice or Brian White, Audra Starkey, Sue Toler and Emily Rogers.
A single purchase order request was approved on a motion by Melvin Gum. The 9-1-1 Center will pay Bay Power Solutions $1,137.44 for emergency repairs to the facility’s diesel generator.
The Commission approved the financial statement for the year ending July30, 2022 as presented by the County Clerk.
Following a brief discussion Larry Clifton made a motion to increase the contribution for county employees from one half to the full $35 amount for the basic panel at the Rotary Blood Screening.
The Commission reviewed and approved a request to reappoint Jack Friend to a seat on the Board of Directors of the Flatwood-Canoe Run PSD Board.
After reviewing the commercial Dog Breeder Permit proposal, the Commission agreed to move forward with holding two public hearing regarding the proposal as required by State Code. The date and time of those hearing will be announced.
Following a review, Melvin Gum made amotion to pay the County and EMS bills as presented.
A separate motion approved the minutes of the Commission’s regular meeting on September 19 and special meeting on September 28.
Being no further business to consider, the meeting adjourned at 9:18 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. on October 21.