BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commissioners will be holding a special, public meeting on Wednesday, December 22 at 9 a.m. to consider the final adoption and approval of an order regarding the following: Boundary changes in the county’s three magisterial districts, boundary changes of 13 county precincts; and consolidation with closure of Precinct 33. These changes will be effective for the May 10, 2022 Primary Election and every election following. An updated map of the redistricting overview within the County can be found on the Upshur County website at upshurcounty.org.
Property case number 011421-01 (Washington Tax District – Tax Map 7K-Parcel Number 55.3), owned by Yancy Carr, originated at the beginning of 2021 with the Upshur County Safe Sites and Structures. The case finally made its way to county commissioners almost a year later on December 16, 2021. Thursday morning, the commissioners reviewed photos of the property provided by Greg Harris, Investigating Officer with Safe Sites and Structures.
The property owner was required to request a hearing with the commissioners by December 13; However, they had yet to do so by the commission meeting on December 16. Harris noted that the property owner has had ample time to do what they needed to do, yet the property still contains “a bunch of garbage and a bunch of debris.” Commissioner Cutright made a motion to allow the property owners 14 days after being served before assessing the $50 a day fine. If the property is not cleaned up after the 14-day time limit, the property owner will face the $50-a-day fine, until the property is cleaned. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Sam Nolte.
The commissioners held a bid opening, presentation and award for their Upshur County Pest Control contract Thursday morning. Assistant County Administrator Tabitha Perry explained to the commissioners that they received one bid prior to the deadline from locally owned Mountain State Pest Guard. Perry informed them that this is whom they currently have a contract with; however, there was a slight cost increase to the contract this time. The commissioners agreed to the new contract and made a motion to accept the bid from Mountain State Pest Guard.
County Clerk Carol Smith requested the hire of early voting poll workers for the January 15, 2022 School Bond Election. Smith requested the employment of Michelle Bailey, John Barnes, Vernon Bennett, Connie Brady, Mary Davis, Lorette Dawson, Catherine Frye, John Haymond, Hallie Hurst, Ann Mickle, Nine Monroe, Margaret Neely, Ron Pugh, Tena Shannon, William Shannon, Catherine Vance, Thanna Wentz, Delores Wilson and Janet Kay. These positions are temporary, beginning on December 30, 2021 and concluding January 12, 2022. The commissioners approved the temporary employment of said individuals.
The commissioners also received correspondence from Governor Jim Justice, approving a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance grant award, in the amount of $7,992. This amount is in addition to the $29,118 previously awarded.
In other business of the Upshur County Commission, they approved the following agenda items: the approval of Board of Review & Equalization 2022 schedule; approval of Board of Review & Equalization (BORE) Publication Notice; the county commission will sit as the Board of Review and Equalization beginning at 1 p.m. on the first day of February, 2022, and shall continue until the work is complete but will adjourn no later than the close of business on the 15th day of February, 2022; approval and signature of correspondence to the Upshur County Assessor and Property Tax Division of the State Tax Department, giving authorization to correct valuations for real property, personal property, and/or mineral accounts. Any adjustments made after January 27, 2022 must be forwarded to the commission sitting as the Board of Review & Equalization; approval and signature of the Plan Maintenance Agreement with Verdin Bells & Clocks in the amount of $630, for the calendar year 2022; approval and signature of FAA Attachment to Annual Federal Financial Report Form 425 for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Project No. 3-54-0039-037-2021 for the Upshur County Regional Airport. This project consists of the construction of two 100’ x 100’ box hangars; and the approval of Lewis–Upshur Animal Control Facility Volunteers Olivia Lundy and Julie Ruppenthal.