BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commission held their regular meeting via teleconference Thursday morning. Upshur County received a $100,000 block grant from Governor Justice to reward “true first-line soldiers” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Justice explained that each county must use their own judgement when allocating the funding. He stated that it did not matter to him whether the money went to grocery workers, healthcare workers or others, but it could not be used to backfill their budgets. However, many regulations and stipulations were later attached to spending of the grant funds.
The $100,000 will be divided between the city and county based on percentage of the population, according to Commissioner Kristie Tenney. The total city population is 22.6 percent, giving them $22,621.42, whereas the county has a population percentage of 77.38 percent, giving them a larger amount of the money at $77,378.58. However, if the city does not need that full amount, it could be used for county expenses and vice versa.
The Commission also reviewed and approved the Small Cities Block Grant request for payment for the Elkins Road PSD Phase III Water System Improvements in the amount of $15,444.31.
Although the Upshur County Recreational Park Pool will be closed for the summer, the park itself will remain open to the public. The park is not open at this time, but it will be eventually when allowed. The pavilions will be cleaned before each rental to ensure the health and safety of the community.
Upshur County Clerk Carol Smith is still encouraging voters to mail in their absentee ballots. The last day to register is May 19. Public testing of the voting machines will take place in the County Clerk’s office and election room at 9 a.m. on May 20.
Regular meetings for the Upshur County Commission will resume May 28.