Commission plans distribution of emergency kits to all Pre-K students


BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commissioners met in regular session Thursday morning to consider action and/or approval to agenda items on September 16.

Commissioners approved the reading and approval of a Proclamation declaring September 2021 as National Preparedness Month in Upshur County. County Administrator Carrie Wallace read the proclamation and noted that an emergency kit bag will be sent home with all Pre-K students in Upshur County, following approval from Superintendent Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus. These kits were provided free of charge from ready.wv.gov.

The kit includes a list of recommended emergency kit items, instructions on how to sign up for the emergency information system within the county, a copy of the proclamation approved by County Commissioners, and an Amazon.com list of the items recommended for emergency kits. Wallace noted that all of these items can be purchased for under $100. Also included is a magnet, a flyer that focuses on getting youth involved with emergency planning, and a family emergency guide. Wallace expressed by providing these annual kits to Pre-K students, “After 12 years, we will know we reached the majority of all Upshur County students.”

“Request for Proposals” for janitorial services for various county-owned properties was approved by Commissioners Thursday morning as well. A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Sealed bids must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at the Administrative Annex located at 91 W. Main Street, Suite 101. Proposals received by the deadline will be publicly opened, reviewed and read aloud by the Commission at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

Commissioners received correspondence from Governor Jim Justice announcing the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grant award in the amount of $23,332. Approval and signature was given for the Contract Agreement, Resolution, Certifications, Revised Standard and Federal Conditions and Assurances and Certifications.

They also received correspondence from the previous Upshur County Development Authority Director Rob Hinton, announcing his resignation from the Upshur County Development Association Board of Directors, effective September 10, 2021. This board is separate from the Upshur County Development Authority, from which Hinton has already resigned. Commissioners accepted Hinton’s resignation.

Commissioners also approved the adoption of a resolution authorizing the execution of a unanimous written consent in lieu of annual meeting of the shareholders for the Upshur County Development Association. This consent designates all three members of the Board, including the Director of the Upshur County Development Authority, until the next annual meeting.

Correspondence from Joseph Tenney, Tennerton PSD Chairman, announcing the resignation of Board member Elmer Tenney, effective immediately, and thus requesting the appointment of Michael Hyre, was presented to Commissioners Thursday morning. Given their approval, this term ends on July 31, 2027.

Commissioners received correspondence from Sheriff Virgil Miller requesting the transfer of Timothy Bennett from fill-in Court Security Officer to part-time Court Security Officer, effective September 27, 2021, in addition to the request of employment for Megan Bailey as Tax Deputy, effective October 4, 2021. Commissioners approved both of Sheriff Miller’s requests.

Lastly, Commissioners received correspondence from Russel Rollyson, Senior Deputy State Auditor, County Collections Division of the WV State Auditor’s Office, enclosing a list of properties that will be offered for sale on September 28, 2021.

The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will take place September 23, 2021. The Upshur County Commission will also meet as the Board of Assessment Appeals on October 1, 2021 beginning at 9 a.m.

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