County seeks lifeguards; L-UAC receives grant


BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission met in regular session Thursday morning to approve and discuss many items, particularly the immediate need for lifeguards at the Upshur County Recreation Park Pool.  With the pool opening on May 29, the county is still short lifeguards for this season.

One lifeguard recently submitted their resignation after realizing they would be unable to assume the spot, leaving approximately only 10 lifeguards employed currently. The Upshur County Commission is currently looking for applicants and according to Assistant County Administrator Tabatha Perry, the Upshur County Recreation Park will be hosting certification courses this Saturday and Sunday.

Applicants must pay $200 up front for the certification; however, if the individual remains employed for the entire season, the individual will receive full reimbursement from the Commission. After certification is complete, individuals will begin employment shortly after the following week.

According to Perry, they will be accepting applications for the position into the summer months. For more information regarding this summer employment opportunity, visit the Upshur County Recreation Park Facebook page.

In other news at the Upshur County Commission meeting Thursday morning, the Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility (L-UAC) announced that they recently received a $7,500 grant investment from the newly named Petco Love, in support of their lifesaving efforts of animals in Upshur County. According to Petco Love President Susanne Kogut, this grant investment is part of their commitment “to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized.” L-UAC Director Jan Cochran expressed, “It is such an honor to have received this grant from Petco. This investment is going to help so many animals, especially those with medical needs.”

Commission President Kristie Tenney also announced during the meeting, “United States of America Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – Notice of Intent to Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review for the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline Disposition and Restoration Plan and Supply Header Project Restoration Plan – issued May 4, 2021.” Tenney also announced, “Notice of Public Hearing of the Council of the City of Buckhanon and of Proposed Adoption of Ordinance by the Council of the City of Buckhannon – Ordinance No. 451 – Public Hearing will be held on June 3, 2021 at 7 p.m. at Buckhannon City Hall.” According to County Administrator Carrie Wallace, the Upshur County Commission also expresses support of the Hodgesville PSD Water System Improvements project.

Additionally, Upshur County Commissioners approved the following:

Request to appoint the Sheriff of Upshur County as the Administrator of the Estate of Wesley Wayne Depoy, deceased.

Oath and Certificates for the personal property books and real land books.

WV Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Division/HS SAA Homeland Security Grant Program Request for Reimbursement in the amount of $5,423 for period October 16, 2019 through May 1, 2021. These funds have been utilized to make upgrades to the Emergency Operations Center.

Correspondence to Ryan Halsey, Project Manager, enclosing Community Development Block Grant – Small Cities Block Grant Request for Payment for the Elkins Road PSD Phase III Water System Improvements in the amount of $123,802.33. This is for Request for Funds #20.

Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan Adoption Agreement by and between American Fidelity Assurance Company.

U.S. Department of the Treasury Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Award Terms and Conditions and Assurances of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Thanna Wentz requesting reappointment to the Upshur County Youth Camp Board, effective June 1, 2021. Wentz has served on the board for many, many years and will begin another six-year term that will expire May 31, 2027.

Employment of Buckhannon-Upshur Recreational Park Assistant Managers, effective May 16, 2021.

Correspondence from Cheyenne Troxell, 26th Judicial Circuit Community Corrections Day Report Center Program Director, requesting the employment of Cody Hannah as full-time Case Manager for the Lewis County office, effective May 24, 2021.

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