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Commission Agrees to Renew Wetzel County Air Evac Policy

By Staff | Jan 24, 2018

Pictured are officials from Air Evac and the Wetzel County Commission as the two entities renew the Wetzel County Municipal Site Plan.

The Wetzel County Commission passed a motion Jan. 16 to renew the Air Evac policy for the new year. The policy covers all residents of Wetzel County in the case that they would need to be transported by air to a nearby hospital. Any individual who resides within the boundaries of Wetzel County, W.Va., when transported for medical necessity by AirEvac (or any AirMedCare Network Provider), will be covered under the standard terms and conditions for an AirMedCare Network membership, except: Transport must be from a pickup location in Wetzel County or any of the counties adjacent to Wetzel County including: Monroe and Washington counties in Ohio and Tyler, Marshall, Marion, Monongalia, Harrison, Ohio, Wood and Doddridge Counties in West Virginia. If the person transported is uninsured at the time of transport, AirEvac will bill the covered person at the “Medicare Allowable Rate” for the transport. State Laws ban all elected officials to be covered by this agreement. A motion passed to renew the contract for the total of $98,369.There is an upgrade available to all county residents as well. For $35 a year, a resident may upgrade his or her policy so that the Air Evac policy would be applicable throughout the whole state for an entire household.

Commissioner Bob Gorby recollected an incident where a resident was flown to Wheeling Hospital from New Martinsville, and through the Air Evac policy, it saved the resident a $30,000 flight cost. Chris Pedersen, AirMedCare director, stated that if anyone has questions about the policy, previous flight invoices, or benefits of the agreement, they may contact him at (304) 834-8067 or Mary Rader at (681) 208-0650.

In another matter, John Jennings, Mollie Toppe and Holly Giovinazzo updated the commission about the progress of the local farmers market. Toppe presented an overview of the season which explained that there was some new data recorded such as revenue brought in and food benefits being used at the market.

In 2017, there was $16,581.55 in total sales brought into the local economy, which went to local farmers and vendors. Of that amount, $322 was from food benefits used at the markets such as Snap vouchers, WIC vouchers and senior farmers market vouchers. There were 26 different vendors throughout the season, an increase from past seasons. This shows the market is growing.

In fact, over the last three years, the market has grown in average customer total from 26 in 2015 to 91 in 2017. The Wetzel County Farmers Market also had some activities such as a donation drive for Hundred flood victims. This raised over $300 in cash, as well as providing essentials such as shovels, totes, and other items. The market has also worked with Boy Scout groups to provide educational programs.

The Scouts visited different farmers stands and learned about what items were grown and how they were grown. The farmers market has also worked with Relay for Life, as well as Wetzel County Hope and Memories to promote fundraisers for their organizations.

The Wetzel County Farmers Market also updated the fence at Bruce Park and added a mural to increase visibility and improve the park and market area.

The organization hopes to continue, increase awareness to the youth, and work with groups to spread farming education with hopes that parents will get encouraged to get involved. Bids were opened for roller shelving, a roller desk and open storage shelving for the the county clerk’s office. The winning bid was from Casto and Harris in the amount of $41,450. This includes delivery and installation.

Per WV Ethics and Open Meeting act, the agenda for the Wetzel County Commission will be posted within two days prior to the meeting. Requests for items requiring action should be submitted within that time frame.

The next scheduled Wetzel County Commission meeting is set for Tuesday, Jan. 30 beginning at 9:30 a.m.