Commission hears fireworks concerns

BUCKHANNON — With July 4 approaching, community member Jan Craig came to the Upshur County Commission Thursday morning requesting that the county implement a Noise Ordinance, specifically pertaining to fireworks.  Commissioners did not approve or deny the request, although they were not in favor.  They agreed to investigate other counties and their policies regarding the subject. 

Craig explained that the City of Buckhannon has an ordinance in place, but said it is not being followed.  “They go all summer long and begin when the tents go up…they spook animals and most importantly they greatly impact our veterans with PTSD,” she expressed.  Craig explained that Little Sand Run “sounded like WWIII” on June 21.  Craig has medication to give her animals for celebrations such as July 4, but she wonders how to even know when to administer treatment when fireworks span all summer long.  “June 21 wasn’t a holiday,” she asserted.  According to Craig, Weston has completely done away with fireworks within the city and she mentioned they’re looking to create an ordinance where fireworks can’t be sold in the city either.  Craig explained she would like the County and City of Buckhannon to likewise prohibit fireworks.  She would like the city to enforce a policy of “no fireworks in the city, unless it is a public display that the city sponsors.”  Craig will also be attending the City Council meeting on Thursday to address the matter. 

In other news, Breanna Morgan and Dawson Carpenter were the selected recipients for the James W. Curry Scholarship.  Each recipient will receive $2,000 over a period of two years.  In order to be eligible, these two students had to meet the following requirements: maintain an overall high school GPA of a 2.0, obtain a high school diploma or GED, be residents of Upshur County, and submit the completed application by May 1. Along with their submission, the students were required to show proof of acceptance by an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education and maintain academic eligibility for the second year of the award.  James W. Curry treasured education and understood the importance of furthering education to guarantee economic prosperity, as well as bringing that knowledge back to serve the community.

County Commissioners approved the PRO Grant Application agreement and the WV DJCS Standard Conditions and Assurances in the amount of $28,000 for the Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) at the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.  Upshur County Sheriff David Coffman will come before the Commission July 9 to name the PRO officer selected for B-UMS. 

Michelle Strader announced her resignation from the Upshur County Public Library Board, effective June 17, 2020.   Strader stated in her resignation letter, “I have been an active member of the Board for four years and have enjoyed being involved in a vital part of Upshur County.  It is my hope that with new Board members, new ideas will help our library grow and flourish.”  

Commissioners approved the County Financial Institutions including Freedom Bank, First Community Bank, JP Morgan-Chase Bank, Premier Bank, Community Bank and Citizens Bank of WV as Depositories, as required by WV Code §7-6-1.   

They also approved the Software Support Agreement with Avenu Government Systems, LLC in the amount of $11,563.60.  Avenu will provide software support for the County Clerk’s PACE finance, server and payroll license software products.  This coverage period will begin July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. 

If you are interested in serving on an Upshur County board, submit your letter of interest by emailing [email protected] or to the Commission Office at 91 W. Main St., Suite 101.  

The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will be held July 9. 


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