BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission met in regular session Thursday morning. Commissioners received correspondence from Upshur County Sheriff David H. Coffman, requesting the employment of Seth Cutright for the position of Deputy Sheriff. This position was recently left vacant with the transfer of Deputy Tyler Gordon to Harrison County. Cutright reportedly left the Upshur County Sheriff’s office in 2019 to pursue other opportunities in Florida. Most recently, he has been serving as a deputy in Lewis County for the last year. Commissioners approved the request; therefore, Cutright will begin employment November 22, at a rate of $19.37 an hour. Cutright stated, “I have been working in Lewis with a great bunch of guys, but it feels great to be back in my hometown where I grew up.”
With efforts made by Assistant County Administrator Tabatha Perry, the Commission received approximately $170,000 in grants. The county was approved for a $71,289 Court Security Fund Grant and $97,039 from the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority. The courthouse improvement project will involve replacing the shingles and gutters on the former jail facility. The maximum amount of the award was $97,039 with the county to make a 20 percent funding match.
The Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) is conducting a Hydrologic and Hydraulic study for Brushy Fork and an unnamed tributary of Brushy Fork on the Wellness Complex, which is comprised of 13.84 acres, located off Ridgeway Road in Buckhannon. The original project focused on the south side of Brushy Fork, and the additional services will provide modeling for proposed pads on the north and south side of Brushy Fork, which will be used to finalize the hydraulic report. Commissioners approved the authorization for additional services from the CEC.
The Commission also received correspondence from Dawn Keller, Senior Regulatory Analyst for SWN Production Company LLC, enclosing the Maintenance Plan/Monitoring and Emergency Action Plan for the Upshur County Freshwater Impoundments. The entire plan is available for viewing at the Upshur County Office of Emergency Management.
The West Virginia Department of Revenue State Tax Department provided notification that Assessor of Upshur County, Dustin Zickefoose has complied with the “assessor’s additional duties,” and will therefore receive an additional compensation of $15,000 as provided in WV Code §7-7-6b.
The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will be held on November 18. The Commission meeting scheduled for November 26 has been cancelled.