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BUCKHANNON — There’s never been a better time to sign up for a library card at the Upshur County Public Library — especially if you’re a frequent Amazon.com shopper.
At its regular meeting Thursday, the Upshur County Commission declared September to be “Library Card Sign-up Month.” Upshur County Public Library director Ralph Oppenheim said anyone who signs up for a library card during the month of September will be automatically entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card.
Oppenheim appeared before the commission to read a proclamation, which states that a library card “is the most important school supply of all;” that libraries play an important role in the education and development of children; that library programs serve students of all ages from early literacy to those enrolled in GED classes; that libraries “lead the way in creating inclusive spaces for students of all backgrounds to learn together;” and that libraries are in the midst of transforming and expanding their services “in ways that meet the needs of the communities they serve, including making digital technology and information equally accessible to all.”
Commissioner Troy “Buddy” Brady made a motion to approve and sign the proclamation, which was seconded by commissioner Sam Nolte before passing unanimously.
Following the meeting, Oppenheim encouraged all Upshur County residents to secure library cards.
“Well, basically, this is their (Upshur County residents’) community library; it’s their resource, and they ought to take advantage of it because there’s something for everyone,” Oppenheim said. “The library is the one remaining, nonprofit community institution that everyone should feel comfortable in.”
For more information about the library or its hours, please call 304-472-4219.
In other news, the commission:
p Approved and signed the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services – VOCA Supplementary Special Conditions
p Approved and signed a resolution allowing Cutright to enter into a loan agreement and to sign any and all loan documents with Citizens Bank of West Virginia to receive and administer loan funds for the purchase of a 2017 police interceptor sedan.
p Reviewed and signed correspondence to Tony O’Leary, community development representative, 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 $4,632. This is a Request for Funds No. 2.
p Received correspondence from Kimbra Wachob, Upshur County Emergency Communications Center assistant director, announcing Amy Saunders has rejected the employment opportunity as emergency telecommunicator previously approved by the commission during their Aug. 31 meeting.
p Approved a request from Wachob requesting that Kayla Woody be employed as a full-time emergency telecommunicator effective Sept. 11. Woody’s rate of pay will be $11 per hour.

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