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Commissioners Support Community Events

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Apr 2, 2021

The Wetzel County Commissioners met March 23, 2021 at the County Commission office. All members were present.

Commission President Lisa Heasley called meeting to order after she led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commission unanimously approved the minutes from the March 16, 2021 meeting.

Billie Zimmerman and Don Virden were present to request a donation for the Outreach Food Bank and Clothing Closet at the Refuge Church in New Martinsville. The church holds food and clothing giveaways every first and third Thursday of each month. The commission told them to submit an application for the donation including the amount needed.

Rhonda Spencer, Recorder for the Town of Pine Grove, appeared for advice on handling a situation that has arisen in their town. They have a gentleman within the city limits that denies he resides in the city limits and does not want to pay the $5 Police Fee required by all residents. After checking at the assessors’ office, the gentleman’s property is in the city limits. Commission advised Spencer to tell the gentleman to provide the proof or he is responsible to continue to pay the fee.

Sherron Winer, President of the Regatta Fest and her husband Sam appeared to request possible rental of the two cabins at the 4-H grounds, and use of the courthouse parking lot for the Regatta Fest September 25-26, 2021. They asked for a donation for the event also. With little discussion Commissioners unanimously approved all items and donated $27,000 to the festival. Sam and Sherron were extremely appreciative of the generous donation by the Commissioners.

Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught and Leslie Elliott, of the Victim’s Advocate office were present to request the annual matching funds from the VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Grant in the amount of $10,712. Haught said that the funds go to prepare victims and witnesses for court, pay restitution for victim’s hospital bills, funeral expenses, and clean up. He also complimented Leslie Elliott for heading up the Victim’s Advocate program for four years and stated she is doing a wonderful job. “I have been doing this for 20 years now and if not for Commission, Carol Haught, Fiscal Officer and Leslie, I would not be able to handle it.” He went on to say, I really want to thank the Commission and Carol Haught for helping for the last 20 years. Leslie said she mostly works with domestic violence, sexual assault, and robbery victims. She provides transportation for sexual assault victims to the Sexual Assault Center.

Commissioners unanimously approved a revised transfer of funds in the amount of $10,196 to the budget. Also approved by the commission was the resignations of Lance Heasley and Jamie Stewart from the Wetzel County Deputy sheriff’s Civil Service Commission effective April 30, 2021.