Commission approves multiple agenda items, proclamations

Upshur County Commissioners, Craig Presar and members of the CEOS

BUCKHANNON — On Thursday, September 29, the Upshur County Commission held their weekly meeting at the Upshur County Courthouse Annex at 9 a.m. The commission approved two proclamations as well as multiple agenda items. 

Laurel Metheney who serves as the 4-H Teen Ambassador was present for the proclamation declaring the week of Sunday October 2nd through Saturday, October 8, as 4-H week in Upshur County. The proclamation read as follows.

“Whereas 4-H is a community of young people learning citizenship, leadership and life skills; and, 

“Whereas 4-H is one of the larges youth development organizations in West Virginia, with nearly one in every four “West Virginias youth involved in 4-H; and,

“Whereas 4-H in Upshur County claims over 340 members and more than 40 volunteers; and,

“Whereas, 4-H, as a part of the Extension Service of West Virginia University, is a program where youth learn through opportunities that provide the hands-on experiences in 4-H’s mission mandates of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); healthy living; and citizenship; and, 

“Whereas, 4-H has connected youth and their communities with the innovative research and resources from our nation’s 106 land-grant universities and colleges for more than 100 years.

“Therefore, be it resolved, that the Upshur County Commission, West Virginia, in a regularly scheduled meeting held on September 29th, 2022, hereby proclaims October 2-8, 2022, as National 4-H Week throughout Upshur County. We urge the citizens of our community to take advantage of the opportunity to become more aware of this special program that enhances our young people’s interest in their future as part of Upshur County 4-H Youth Development and to join us in recognizing the unique partnership between our county and our state University System.”

In addition to the 4-H Proclamation, the Commission heard and approved a Breast Cancer Awareness month proclamation by Craig Presar who serves as the WVU Extension Service Agent, on behalf of the Community Educational Outreach Services (CEOS). The proclamation read as follows.

“In 2022, an estimated 1,470 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 290 women will die from the disease. Breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer related deaths among W.Va. women. A woman has about a 1 in 8 (13%) chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime and about a 1 in 39 (3%) change of dying from the disease. Currently the best method to reduce breast cancer is through early detection of the disease. Women aged 50 and older should have a mammogram every year. Women ages 40-49 should talk with their health care provider about their screening schedule. Mammograms can save lives. Women should talk to their health care provider about their individual screening schedule.

“In recognition of the important lifesaving early detection practices available for breast cancer, we the Commissioners of Upshur County, do hereby proclaim Monday October 3,2022, as West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day and October 2022 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We urge all Upshur County women to become aware that they are at risk for developing breast cancer and to discuss screening with their health care providers.”

Commissioners then approved the following items on the agenda. 

1. Approval of the 2022 Board of Assessment Appeals Schedule 

2. Review and approval of Notice of Public Auction. 

3. Consider Application for Community Use of Buildings, Equipment and Grounds filed by Jason Campbell on behalf of BMC Productions, JC Films. This organization is requesting use of the Circuit Courtroom Friday, October 14, 2022, for a movie filming. A Certificate of Liability Insurance has been included with the request. 

4. Approval and signature of Resolution of Participation for the West Virginia Certified Development Community (CDC) Program for the Upshur County Development Authority. 

5. Approval and Signature of 2022 – 20th Grant Cycle W.Va. Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority Application for Funding Assistance in the amount of $27,728.51. The maximum grant award is $100,000 with a 20% match. The project consists of removing the doors on both the main Courthouse and Annex facilities and replacing them with commercial storefront entrance replacements. 

6. Approval and signature of 2022-2023 fiscal year Prevention Resource Officer Agreement by and between the Upshur County Board of Education, Upshur County Commission and Upshur County Sheriff’s Office for the Prevention Resource Officer located at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. 

7. Approval and signature of correspondence to Robert & Regina Crawford regarding improper utilization of Commission owned FEMA property located on Camp Road. 

8. Appointment of Commissioner Douglas K. Bush to the community board appointments previously assigned to the late Commissioner Terry Cutright * 

9. Consider request of Sheriff to hire Cameron A. Forte as full-time Deputy Sheriff for a period of 90 days, effective October 2, 2022, as permitted under W.Va. Code 7-14-12.

Tabled items on the agenda are as follows. 

1. Bid opening and potential award for Community Corrections Roof Replacement Project (tabled 9/22/2022).

The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will be on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 9 a.m. at the Upshur County Courthouse Annex.

Upshur County Commissioners, Craig Presar and members of the CEOS

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