B-UMS student receives award during commission meeting


TENNERTON — A local student from Buckhannon- Upshur Middle School (B-UMS), Lila Wright, was recognized by the County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia (CCAWV) at the Upshur County Commission meeting that was held on Thursday, June 16, at 9 a.m.

Wright, an eighth-grade student at B-UMS received recognition and was presented an award for receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2022 County Government Essay Contest. Wright submitted a 500-word essay on the topic of “How does my county commission make life better for me?” Wright and her teacher Lisa Crites were present and both recognized for the achievement. Wright and Crites were also joined by CCAWV representative Patrick Cadle as they were presented with their awards.

The Upshur County Commission also discussed items on the agenda. No action was taken on the following tabled items. Correspondence from the Upshur County Firefighters Association requesting a Commission appointment to the newly created committee to address multiple critical issues the local fire departments are facing and assist in determining viable solutions. The committee will consist of two (2) private citizens; two (2) business representatives; and two (2) elected officials, one (1) being from the Upshur County Commission and one (1) being from the Buckhannon City Council. (Tabled on 4/21/22) Bid award – COPS Grant#15JCOPS-21-GG-03667-SSIX Transportation Surveillance Project (tabled on 6/2/2021).

Also, a proclamation was made by Governor Jim Justice on June 17, 2022, permitting public employees of this State to generally cease business the entire workday of Friday, June 17, 2022, in acknowledgement of the historical significance of Juneteenth, and the fact it is to be recognized as an official federal holiday. This proclamation further reads that public employee of this State may be excused from their work duties the entirety of the day without charge against accrued annual leave. In accordance with subsection (c), section one, article two, chapter two of the Code, County Commissions may treat the day as if it were a legal holiday, and the Courts may do the same. The W.Va. Courthouse and Annex will be closed per the 2022 Calendar Year Legal Holiday Schedule. The WVDOT Virtual Public Workshop to be held on Thursday, June 30, 2022, 5 to 7 p.m. for the public to review information on future funding levels and provide input on the potential program categories and funding levels for the six-year period of 2023-2028.

The next regular scheduled meeting for the Upshur County Commission will be held on Thursday, June 23, at 9 a.m. in the Upshur County Courthouse Annex.

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