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Wetzel County Commission Meets, Approves Requests
February 14, 2018

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The Wetzel County Commission met with Scott Lemley, Wetzel County assessor, during the commission's regular meeting on Feb. 6. The commission opened sealed bids for an aerial photography, imaging, and mapping contract needed by the assessor's office.

Lemley stated, "The way I did this is I wrote the bid and then I had all the sealed bids filed through Carol's (County Clerk Haught) office and opened up in a public hearing so that way there couldn't be any collusion on my part."

There was only one bid for this contract by Blue Mountain, in the amount of $56,450. Lemley stated he already had the funds for this contract in his budget.

The commission went on to vote on a request by the Wetzel County Sheriff's Office in the amount of $3,150. The written request stated that the funds are needed for the purchase of computer mounts and Word software and licensing for 15 cruisers. The quotes, provided from the Sheriff's department, left it unclear if the $3,150 would fund the entire project. The commissions voted to fund the full amount requested and contact the sheriff's office to clarify.

In other matters the Northern Panhandle Community Justice Board requested a letter of support from the commission for a Community Corrections Grant application. The commission agreed to draft a letter of support.

The Northern Panhandle Community Criminal Justice Board also sent the commission a letter requesting that they approve an agreement concerning membership on the Community Justice Board. The Community Criminal Justice Board informed the commission that the counties participating in community-based correction services must establish a Criminal Justice Board. The Community Justice Board should consist of no more than 15 voting members and should be residents of the county or counties they represent. West Virginia code states that if the board represents more than one county, the appointed membership of the board should include equal numbers from each county. There are six counties in the community corrections program including Brooke, Handcock, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler counties. This results in an uneven number of members from each county. The commission approved the agreement with the Northern Panhandle Criminal Justice Board to have an unequal number of members on that board.

The commission went on to approve the revision of the budget for 72,324.00 for the state grants account.

West Virginia state employees requested use of the Mollohan center for Feb. 6. The purpose of the meeting is to have a teacher and state employee information meeting regarding changes made to the state PEIA insurance program. The commission granted the request and waived the rental fee.

The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce also requested the use of the Mollohan Center for the Unity Celebration awards dinner on May 15, and the Wetzel-Tyler Entrepreneur pitch for Sept. 11. The commission also agreed to waive the rental fee for both events.

The Wetzel County Commission will meet again on Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m.

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