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County Commission Hears Request From Sheriff

By Staff | Jan 18, 2017

The Wetzel County Commission met Tuesday, Jan. 10 and heard from Sheriff Mike Koontz, who suggested to the commissioners that he would like to hire an additional deputy to the sheriff’s department. Koontz feels that the addition of another member would allow him opportunity to schedule two deputies per shift. He also feels that it will help with officer safety, productivity, and coverage. Koontz also stated that it could help relieve the pressure of covering sick days and cut down overtime hours. Koontz brought in an estimate of what he felt it would cost, per year, to hire another deputy. The initial cost would be around $110,000 but would go down in cost after the first year.

“There has been a major influx of non Wetzel County residents, and a major influx of drugs… you turn on the news and see where a police officer is shot everyday,” Koontz added. He mentioned that since the West Virginia State Police detachment closed in the Hundred area, he would like to have more police presence in that area. Koontz proposed setting up an office space in Hundred for the officers to have a space to take phone calls, with a fax machine and copier included. The commission agreed to review the numbers and put the item on the agenda for the next meeting.

A motion passed to accept the resignation of Kelly Nelsen from the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority. The Solid Waste Authority is comprised of five appointed members. Two members are appointed by county commission, one is appointed by the soil conservation district, one member is appointed by Department of Environmental Protection and another is appointed by the Public Service Commission. This is a commission appointed position so the commissioners will be looking for a replacement.

A motion passed accepting Mike Thomas to the position of part-time court officer of the Wetzel County.

Newly elected Circuit Clerk Lori McCoy inquired as to how long before there would be WiFi capabilities in the courtroom. She also mentioned that there was a printer in her office that needed replaced, and she also requested a new desk top scanner. McCoy gave the commissioners a detailed listing of costs for both items. A motion passed approving the purchase of both items. McCoy was also given permission to purchase paint for her office, as well as shop for a new desk.

A motion passed providing advice and consent to the hiring of Rebecca Efaw to take the place of Theresa Williams in the circuit clerk’s office.

Rick Healy of the Belomar Regional Council announced an update on the Wetzel County Public Service District One project (phase 4) drawdown. Healy mentioned that the project has been completed, and he issued the final resolution to the commissioners. He mentioned that the PSD One is nearly maxed out as far as customers being reached. Healy also stated that the Hundred/Littleton project is moving along nicely. The Rush Run project is being extended to the Monongalia County line, where a booster station will be added.