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New employees highlight Commission meeting

The hiring of personnel in various departments highlighted last Friday’s County Commission meeting. John Hoffman was first to request that he be allowed to hire James B. Daniels as a part-time EMT/Driver effective July 11. Hoffman told the Commission that Daniels will be paid $16.50 per hour with no county benefits. Sheriff Lou DellaMea was granted permission to hire Felisha Watson as a part-time court bailiff effective July 7. She will be paid $15.00 per hour with no benefits. Assessor Edie Tincher requested permission to hire Malachi Joseph Cowling as a part-time employee. Cowling will receive $15.00 per hour and begin work on July 10. The Assessor also informed the Commission that the PVC had approved the hiring of Misty Williams to replace a full-time employee in her office. She will be paid $11.78 per hour with full county benefits. All four will serve 90-day probationary periods.

While addressing the Commission John Hoffman, OES/EMS/9-1-1 Director reviewed the activity reports for both the 9-1-1 center and ambulance service for the month of June.

In other business, the Probate Appointments were approved as presented.

A motion by Larry Clifton authorized the consolidation of contiguous tracts of land for tax purposes for Lawrence B. and Laura Beth Atkins.

It was also Clifton who made a motion to approve a contract with Global Science & Technology, Inc. for website hosting for the 2023-24 physical year.

Melvin Gum made a motion to allow the Commissioners to use the County’s P-Card to pay expenses for the annual Auditor’s Training August 13,14 & 15 at Glade Springs Resort.

Following a brief explanation by Commission President Lisa Godwin, Larry Clifton made a motion to have the electrical service reconnected to the building the Commission recently purchased at 402 Riverview Drive, in Sutton to allow for storage of new electronic voting equipment that is coming to the County Clerk.

President Godwin asked Larry Clifton to explain the reasoning behind advertising for additional HVAC bids at the Courthouse Annex building. He said that the legal ad would request three separate systems on three floors of the building. Following the discussion, Clifton made the motion to proceed with the request for bids.

By way of separate motions, the Commission approved the County and EMS bills for payment as well as the minutes of their regular meeting on June 16.

At the request of the Prosecuting Attorney, the Commission went into executive session at 9:30 to discuss “Personnel Matter/Grievance Letter.” The meeting reconvened in regular session at 10:04 a.m. with no action taken.

The Commission set a work session for budget revisions to the coal severance fund for 8:00 a.m. on July 12 before adjourning at 10:09 a.m.

The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission will convene on July 21 at 9:00 a.m.