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Commissioners Look to Receive Cares Act Funds

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Mar 3, 2021

The County Commissioners met Feb. 23, 2021 at the Commission Office in New Martinsville.

Commission President Lisa Heasley called the meeting to order following the Pledge of Allegiance. All Commissioners were present to conduct business on a light agenda.

First order of business was the approval by unanimous vote to accept the minutes from the previous session held February 16.

The next item on the agenda was a telephone call from Clayton Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimmons Law Office inquiring if Wetzel County Commission had applied and received all the Care Act Funds they are entitled to.

The Commissioners were all in agreement for Fitzsimmons Law Firm to file for more funds through the Cares Act for our county due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr. Fitzsimmons said his firm charges a 10 percent fee of what is collected. President Heasley asked for the law firm to send the agreement down for all the commissioners to look over and sign before moving forward.

Josh Jefferson, President/CEO of RED (Regional Economic Development), appeared before the commission to introduce Jason Rine, newly appointed (Business Development Manager), and Valerie Piko, newly appointed (Program Development Manager) serving Wetzel and Marshall Counties.

Among other items addressed by the Commission was the unanimous approval of the County Assessor’s office travel and expense policy.

Also unanimously approved by Commissioners was the acceptance of the lease extension for the Magistrate Court due to slow construction of the Shiben Building.

Next item given approval by Commission was a request from Prosecutor Tim Haught to increase hours for Savannah Hall from 19 to 32 per week.