Commission hosts several speakers

Upshur County Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Laura Meadows

BUCKHANNON —The Upshur County Commission held their meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at the Upshur County Courthouse Annex. The meeting occurred at 9 a.m. and commissioners approved multiple items on the agenda.

The meeting began as usual with a moment of silence followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The next order of business was to approve minutes for the previous meeting. After the approval, commissioners moved on to the items for discussion, action, or approval.

The following are all items that were approved. The Adoption Policy extending Emergency Absentee Voting, The Number of Election Officials and Election Commissioners for the November 8 General Election, SMIC renewal quote for volunteer accident medical insurance, consideration of request from the Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Staffing for a donation, Correspondence to the James W. Curry Library Advisory Board, Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility volunteers, and correspondence from Upshur County Emergency Communications Assistant Director.

Items that were tabled are consideration of Mutual Aid Agreement and a consideration of request for funding for the Stargazer Garden Club.

Mountain Cap Executive Director, Kathy McMurray provided an annual update pertaining to services provided throughout the year. She also discussed future goals and objectives of programs. One of every two people struggle to make ends meet in Upshur County. A program is being put in place for homelessness and for those who struggle with financial problems who meet the eligibility for the said program. This is a good way to utilize the new dollars for funding. A requirement will be for those who are paying more than 30% for their bare minimum living situation. The program is called A.L.I.C.E. (asset limited income constrained employee).

“We will have a family support center that is funded. The office will provide the community a walk-in, direct contact interaction with case workers to discuss and go over information and answer questions in person,” said McMurray “This gives residents who are seeking coming into one place an open location to come in for training and access the requested information.”

Also, for those in high school who are potentially looking to drop out, it will provide them with outreach and direct services. This will help them find an apartment if they are homeless or transitioning from foster care.

Upshur County Convention and Visitor’s Executive Director Bureau Laura Meadows presented her annual report as well.

Appalachian Impact Director, Justin Bowers went over the update pertaining to the Hampton Community Building. Appalachian Impact started in 2014 as a nonprofit committed to building hope for Appalachian students. Since January, several ideas have been presented concerning the building. The building is being cleaned up at this point in time. The biggest needs for the building right now are getting a hot water tank and functioning toilet. They will be hosting a fundraiser on October 16, 2022 from 7 to 11 p.m. tickets will be available for purchase on the website Appalachianimpact.org where you can also donate.

Several things are coming in the near future to help our community and those who are in it. The next county commission meeting will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex on the third floor.

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