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Commission proclaims Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Marissa Fox of West Virginia Caring was one of the first to address the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday, November 4. The representative explained her company’s service in the area of hospice and palliative care and requested that the Commission declare November as Hospice and Palliative Care Month in Braxton County to correspond with the nationwide observance. After hearing the presentation, Larry Clifton made a motion to allow the President to sign a proclamation on behalf of the Commission.

John Hoffman, OES/9-1-1/EMS Director presented and discussed the October monthly activity reports for his agencies. That report revealed that 2,460 calls had come into the 9-1-1 center, of which 778 were emergency by nature. Of those, 482 were routed to law enforcement agencies in the county; 121 went to county fire departments, 163 were EMS related and 12 were referred to Healthteam.

In other action, the Commission approved the Probate Appointments as presented by the Fiduciary Supervisor.

Larry Clifton made a motion to approve the applications for correction of erroneous assessments for the following: Richard Fields, David & Mary Shamburg and Josh King.

Melvin Gum introduced action to approve the lone purchase order before the Commission for consideration. That PO authorized the Sheriff to purchase body armor plates for 4 ballistic vests from Taticon Armament at a cost of $1,575.

It was also a motion by Commissioner Gum that reappointed Marsha Dean to the Braxton County Recreational Development Authority Board for a 5-year term. A separate motion approved the resignation of Harold Mike Johnson from the same board.

The Commission held a discussion on their disappointment of Kroger’s decision to close the local store and the detriment it would create for the for county residents and other businesses.

Larry Clifton made the motion that led to the approval of the Sheriff to be added to the new CAD system being utilized by Braxton Control. That system will cost $126,614.43 and be paid for with ARP Funds. During the discussion, Commission President Lisa Godwin confirmed with Sheriff Lou DellaMea that he would pay the $7,614 annual maintenance agreement and purchase the “Tuffbook” computers through his existing budget.

Following a review, the Commission approved the County and EMS bills as presented on a motion by Melvin Gum.

The minutes of the body’s regular meeting of October 21 were approved as presented by the County Clerk.

Being no further business on the agenda the meeting adjourned by 9:46 on a motion by Larry Clifton. The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission will be on November 18 beginning at 9:00 a.m.