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Commission Meets for Regular Session

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Dec 30, 2020

The Wetzel County Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting on December 15, 2020, at the County Commission office with all commissioner’s present. Commission President Larry Lemon called meeting to order after the Pledge of Allegiance. The request was all handled via phone conversations due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 cases in our county.

Hundred VFD Fire Chief/Director Keith Williams and President Johanna Lemasters of the Hundred Ambulance Service spoke to the Commission via phone regarding an amendment to supplemental EMS coverage agreement which would allow them to act as the primary responder for ambulance service for the station 60 area. This means that Hundred VFD, EMS can be paged out first to respond to an emergency. This agreement is for six months and is necessary due to medical leave of personnel at station 60 in Hundred, WV. The Commission and Mr. Williams signed and approved the amendment.

Commissioner also approved $15,000 plus dollars for the purchase of bulletproof vests. It was noted that the old vests needed replaced making it necessary to get the new ones from 1042 Tactical.

David Howell deputy in the Sheriff’s office was appointed to the position of litter/humane officer. Howell will begin his new job once his replacement as sheriff deputy is trained. He currently is training the new officer while also receiving training for his new position.

During a brief executive meeting commissioner s heard from Trasher engineering on progress at he Shiben building.

The Commission spoke with Valerie Piko from RED (Regional Economic Development) speaking on behalf of RED President/CEO Josh Jefferson regarding the LED Grant Program Resolution (Local Economic Development).

This is a Resolution that is done every year to continue in a working relationship with RED which helps and supports economic development in our area.

Commissioners discussed Senate Bill 655 which changes the way oil and gas companies are taxed on certain work activity which deals with tax valuations. Other commission action included certifying the November 3, 2020 election results.

The Wetzel County Commissioners met on December 22, 2020, for a regular scheduled session at the Wetzel County Commission Office. Commission President Larry Lemon called meeting to order following the Pledge of Allegiance.

There were no appointments scheduled but the Commission approved items to be addressed.

Separation of interests in Oil & Gas in the names of G. C. Cozart Hrs. and G. W. Cozart was unanimously approved.

The Commission unanimously approved a request from the Hundred Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a defibrillator for the department.

Commissioners also unanimously approved the Wetzel County Courthouse to be closed on December 24th, on Christmas Eve and December 31st, New Year’s Eve.