Commission hears, speaks about levy


BUCKHANNON — County Commission held their weekly meeting on the third floor of the Upshur County Courthouse at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022. After opening with a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance, the approval of minutes commenced.

Dr. Sara Stankus was on the agenda to speak about the levy, but could not be in attendance. A representative spoke in her place. Jeff Perkins, with the Upshur County Board of Education (BOE) discussed the new change in West Virginia State Law stating there are no longer special licenses for the levy. “We are two years ahead of when our current levy signs,” said Perkins. “July of 2024 is our goal for finish.”

Also during the meeting, commissioners approved items are as follows: 

• The order requesting the appointment of Virgil D. Miller as the administrator for the Estate of Lori Lamson

• Correspondence from Software Systems Inc. regarding changed in maintenance contract amounts

• Correspondence from attorney Robert Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC regarding the pending opioid litigation 

• Correspondence from Tri-County Exchange and Visitation Program Coordinator requesting the employment of Kristen Greathouse as part-time Supervisor

• Correspondence from Dennis Cortes announcing his resignation as City Representative for the Upshur County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

• The financial statement ending July 2022 for the Sheriff’s office.

Recent tabled items that were approved during this meeting included:

• Review the Upshur County Safe Structures and Sites Enforcement Board Petition for Order filed June 13

• Consideration of Mutual Aid Agreement by and between Elkins Police Department, Philippi Police Department, Buckhannon Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Barbour County Sheriff’s Department and the Tucker County Sheriff’s Department

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