BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Clerk Carol Smith announced Thursday that they have received 512 early votes. According to Smith, early voting is down significantly compared to previous years. The County Clerk’s office is continuing to work diligently to process absentee ballots. Polls close at 7:30 p.m. June 9, stated Smith. Absentee voters cannot drop their ballot at the polls. They must bring it to the County Clerk’s office by Monday June 8 or ensure it is postmarked by June 9.
The Upshur County Commission tabled the approval of the Statement of Values prepared by Metis Services Inc. on behalf of the WVCoRP until questions can be answered regarding the maintenance shed and the depreciation of the 911 center. The shed was built 6 years ago, and the county currently has only two people in maintenance, therefore there would be no staff available to rebuild. The replacement cost is approximately $4,000. The 911 center reportedly decreased in value significantly and the county is seeking an explanation for the depreciation.
Commissioners signed their approval for the Fiscal Year 2020 Victim of Crime Act Victim Assistance Grant Application, Standard Conditions and Assurances, for victim advocate services in the amount of $30,000.
Dennis Xander resigned from the Upshur County Public Library Board of Trustees and recommended the reappointment of John Haymond. Haymond’s current term on the board expires June 30, 2020. Also requesting consideration for the board is Jon Benjamin, who submitted his request on November 20, 2019.
The County Commission is currently seeking a full-time maintenance department position. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on June 26, 2020. The starting salary will be dependent on experience.
The County Administrator sought and received approval for the employment of Shelia Adams, as a temporary full-time Administrative Assistant in the Commission office. Adams will be assisting with office duties for the next 60 days and this expense will be charged to the Governor’s COVID-19 Block Grant, as the need for this position is a result of COVID-19.
The County Commission’s next regular meeting will be held on June 18.