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Wetzel County Commission Holds Regular Meeting

By Staff | Jun 24, 2020

The Wetzel County Commission held a regular meeting at the County Commission office on June 16, 2020. Commissioner President Larry Lemon called the meeting to order following the Pledge of Allegiance. All commissioners were present.

The first item on the agenda was the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau. President Holly Morgan, and Robbie Parsons were present to ask the commission for finacial assistance to reopen the Valley Cinema 3 Theatre under the new name of Movie House.

Morgan said that recently the Wetzel County CVB was approached about the Valley Cinema 3 business in New Martinsville. The owner was planning on shutting the doors permanently in April. She offered to sell us the assets for the business at a discounted rate just to keep the business open. With that said, as an organization that promotes tourism and community activities, we could not allow the last entertainment facility for children and families (other than the New Martinsville Parks) to permanently close.

She said their goal is to save this community asset so that our local people don’t have to travel out of the county, away from the tax base to spend their recreation dollars. She added, they want to create a place for kids to go which addresses the number one complaint of the community “there’s nothing for kids to do.”

“By investing in community assets like this we hope to be able to continue partnering with organizations to expand the opportunities in the community for tourism and recreation, and also keep jobs and tax dollars in the area,” said Morgan.

“We come before you today to ask for help in remodeling the space before we open it back up to the public. Since COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in operations the changeover was not a turnkey switch of ownership. From working with the movie promoters, the best target date for opening again looks to be in August, potentially September. We would like your help in making the theater a community space with an arcade (once this can be done safely due to COVID-19) and to update the facility with washable lobby seating, a disinfecting fogger, plexiglass safety shields for employees, new carpeting, new paint, repairing ceiling tiles and a new urinal.”

Estimates on the costs of the items totaled $11,961 in which the commissioners unanimously approved.

Several other items addressed and approved included re-appointments of Allen Rush to the WV Solid Waste Management Board for term ending June 30, 2020; Bernard Shackleford to the Hundred Public Library Board of Trustees; Amy Bragg to fill the unexpired term of Lora Whiteman on the Hundred Public Library Board of Trustees and Lawrence Lemon to the Wetzel-Tyler Board of Health for term ending June 30, 2020.

Other items addressed with approvals were the request of Wetzel-Tyler Health Department to use 4-H Grounds on July 2nd and 13th for a drive through Immunization Clinic for 7th and 12th graders in Wetzel County.

The Donation to Helping Heroes Veterans Organization of $1000 to help our veterans in the area.

The Hundred Littleton Public Service District request of $55,369.37 to purchase needed equipment.

An increase of $50 for rent of the use of facilities as Polling Places in Wetzel County which has 14 precincts.

Confirmed existing members on the Wetzel County Hospital Board of Trustees to begin on July 1, 2020. The current Board members are George Friedline, Ellie Conlon, Mike Lloyd, Tulane Mensore, Larry Tackett, Weldon Williams, Barbara Yeager, Don Mason, and Van Slider.

The separation of interest in Oil and Gas in the names of Carol M. Clark, Charles W. McCoy Jr., Velinda K. Phillips, and B. E. Thomas Estate.

Wetzel County Commission signed, filed, and approved various documents presented by the County Offices including but not limited to Estate Filings, checks, listing of invoices for payment, purchase orders and reports for payroll, transfer orders, exonerations, and letters.