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Wetzel Commission Meet for Regular Session

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Feb 24, 2021

The Commissioners of Wetzel County on February 16, 2021 held their regular meeting at the Commission Office. All Commissioners were present. Commission President Lisa Heasley after leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, called the meeting to order.

A motion to accept the minutes of the previous meeting February 8, 2021 was given unanimous approval by the commission.

Also a Revision to the budget for the Sheriff’s Department was approved unanimously by the commissioners.

Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Haught was present for the transfer of the deed for the Air Evac property from the

Wetzel County Building Commission to the Wetzel County Commission in accordance with WVU Medicine/Wetzel County Hospital.

Building Commission President John B. Bridgeman signed the deed to be recorded by Prosecutor Haught for the transfer to the Wetzel County Commission. Present for the Wetzel County Building Commission were President Bridgeman, Vice-President Nelson Hachem, Bill Lemley, and Earl Yost.

The Commission also approved the resignation of Fred Wilcox as Secretary of the Building Commission and appointed former Commissioner Larry Lemon as the new secretary. Bridgeman was re-appointed as President and Hachem held the Vice-President. The Wetzel County Commission appoints the members of the Building Commission.

Approval was unanimously given by the commission for the WCEAA (Wetzel County Emergency Ambulance Authority), in re-appointing members Melody Dennis and Robert Edwards, along with newly appointed members Mary Shannon Smith and Jessica Davis to replace Larry Lemon who resigned from the WCEAA.

Re-appointment of Michael E. Smith for the Grandview-Doolin PSD was given unanimous approval by the Commission.

The Commission gave approval to donate an old Littleton Police Cruiser to the Folsom VFD for rescue training. After the vehicle is used for the training, the VFD will dispose of it.

The Commissioners announced they just returned from a Commission Conference in Charleston, WV. Administrative Assistant, Jessica Davis was given recognition for supplying the copies of City Tax Forms for other cities to use.

Wetzel County Commission Donates to Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center

The Wetzel County Commission on February 9, 2021, held a regularly scheduled meeting at the County Commission office. All commissioners were present. Commission President Lisa Heasley called the session to order after leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. The commission had two cancellations on the agenda to be rescheduled for a later meeting.

The two cancellations were Josh Jefferson of the Regional Economic Development (RED) to update programs/activity. The other was Christina Shreve, Recorder of the town of Smithfield for a possible dissolution of the town.

Susan Scharf, Executive Director and Brittany Darnell, Forensic Interviewer/Advocate for the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center were present to ask commission for a donation to purchase a new building for the Center. The new location will help benefit abused or neglected children of Wetzel and Tyler Counties.

Lighthouse is one of 21 Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) throughout West Virginia providing guidance, protection, and help to children and the families affected by abuse. They officially serve Wetzel and Tyler Counties.

The CAC depends on VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) and other grants to provide top notch services for our area. Last year they had 100 children from Wetzel and Tyler County walk through their doors due to an allegation of abuse or neglect.

Scharf and Darnell said the biggest problem is transportation getting to their center from farther out in the counties.

Director Scharf asked the commission for a $50,000 donation toward the new building (the former Dr. Emch office) at 261 Monroe St., in New Martinsville. She said the total cost of the building is $75,000. The Advocacy Center is paying $25,000.

Commissioner Greg Morris made the motion and it was seconded by Commissioner Carla McBee to approve the donation to the Child Advocacy Center to purchase the new location for the Center. It was unanimously approved by Commission.

Scharf said she was greatly appreciative to the Commission for the generous donation to help serve our abused and neglected children better in the community.