Commission approves grant application for B-UMS PRO


BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission met in regular session Thursday morning to discuss business and a grant application for a Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) position at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.

Upshur County Schools Director of School Safety and Preparedness, Dr. Jeff Harvey was present to seek Commissioners approval and signature of FY 22 PRO Grant Application, Agreement and WV DJCS Standard Conditions and Assurances in the amount of $28,000.00 for the B-UMS Prevention Resource Officer (PRO).

Harvey explained this is an annual process they have done for approximately 10 years now. This is currently for one of two PRO officers they have in place, but there are three total positions they’ve discussed, according to Harvey. This specific PRO position is funded through the WVDJCS.

“This project is just a continuation of what we’ve been doing,” he noted. The request is of the same amount requested last year and there is a matching requirement of a little over $9,300. “That is typically picked up through the Board of Education,” Harvey emphasized. He also noted, “Normally, we far exceed the match requirement with the expenses there.”

Commissioners approved the grant application that will be submitted to Charleston by Friday, June 4 for a PRO officer at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.

The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will be June 3, 2021.

The following agenda items were also approved by County Commissioners Thursday morning:

Request to appoint the Sheriff of Upshur County as the Administrator for the Estate of Walter Joseph McCoy, deceased.

Letter of Support for the City of Buckhannon’s Transportation Alternatives Recreational Trails Grant Application for the purpose of extending the Elizabeth J. “Binky” Poundstone River Walk Trail to the Tennerton community.

Letter of Support for the City of Buckhannon’s Transportation Alternatives Grant Application for the Morton Avenue and North Locust Street Sidewalk and Lighting Project.

FY 21 Court Security Grant Application, Resolution and Assurances requesting the amount of $14,320 to purchase a monitoring device for the Circuit Courtroom, three large monitors for the 911 Center, and three tasers.

Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund Grant Application in the amount of $315,709.12 on behalf of the Upshur County Youth Camp.

Employer Renewal Verification Checklist by and between the Upshur County Commission and PayFlex Systems USA, Inc. Changes are being made to the HRA run-out period and rollover provisions.

Correspondence from Craig Presar requesting reappointment to the Upshur County Youth Camp Board, effective June 1, 2021. Upon approval, Mr. Presar’s new term will expire on May 31, 2027.

Correspondence from Joseph Gower requesting reappointment to the Upshur County Fire Board, effective July 1, 2021. Upon approval, Mr. Gower’s new term will expire on June 30, 2024.

Correspondence from Skip Gjolberg, President of the UCDA, requesting the appointment of Kathy McMurray, Emiel Butcher, CJ Martin, Joel Thierstein and Dusty Zickefoose to the UCDA Board. Upon approval, these terms will begin on July 1, 2021 and expire on June 30, 2024.

Employment of additional Buckhannon-Upshur Recreational Park staff, effective May 23, 2021. 

Correspondence from 26th Judicial Circuit Community Corrections Day Report Center Program Director Cheyenne Troxell requesting the employment of Brooklyn Queen as part-time Case Aide for the Lewis/Upshur County offices, effective May 31, 2021. Ms. Queen will work no more than 19.5 hours per week.

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