Commission updates and approvals


BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission held their weekly meeting Thursday morning and the agenda was packed full of updates from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, D.A.R.E. and the implementation of E911 Telecommunicators as First Responders. 

In other news from the commission, the consideration of a revised resolution gifting the two county-owned fire trucks at the Buckhannon Fire Department to the Buckhannon Volunteer Fire Department was approved. The allocation of $15,000 to the City of Buckhannon for fire response within the first due fire services zone beginning in the Fiscal Year of 2021 pending the annual budgetary approval was also passed. 

The Commissioners received correspondence from Governor Jim Justice announcing the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant award in the amount of $36,380, to be used to provide direct services to crime victims in Upshur County. The commission approved for President Sam Nolte to sign the contract agreement, standard and special conditions, and certifications and resolution for the grant. 

Cleveland Brothers entered a service contract to the commission to perform semi-annual services and annual maintenance for the engine, generator and GENSET located at the E-911 Communications Center. Total costs for the 2019 agreement will be $1,390, for 2020 the cost will be $2,610, and the final phase of the agreement for 2021 will be $2,660. The contract agreement includes all parts, travel time, mileage and labor for two inspections each year. The commission approved the agreement but reserves the right to terminate the agreement for any reason, at any time. 

Commissioners went into a brief executive session to discuss the successor to Prosecuting Attorney David E. Godwin, who announced his retirement effective November 31. Commissioner Terry Cutright reported that he discussed the opportunity with current Assistant Prosecutor Kelley Cunningham and she declined. 

Cutright entered a motion to notify the local board members of the federal bar of the same political affiliation and have them submit their request if they are interested by 4:30 p.m. on November 6, 2019 to the Upshur County Commission Office at 91 West Main Street. All submitted resume and requests will be reviewed by the commission on November 7 and interviews will be set for November 14. Cutright stated, “We are hopeful to make an appointment of a new prosecutor by November 21. 

“The new position will be filled and effective on December 1 at 12:01 a.m.,” according to Carrie Wallace, Upshur County Administrator. The position will be up for re-election in January 2020 if others are interested in filing. The appointment by the Commission will only be a temporary position to fulfill the necessary requirements and duties to the end of the term. Cutright furthered, “We would like to thank Dave Godwin for giving us enough time to work this out.” For continued updates on the appointment of the interim prosecutor, follow The Record Delta. The next meeting of the commission will be November 7 at 9 a.m. 

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