Proclamations were brought before Upshur County Commissioners Thursday morning from Women’s Aid in Crisis and the Upshur County Solid Waste Authority.
Addie Helmick, on behalf of Women’s Aid in Crisis, appeared before the commission to present a sexual assault awareness month proclamation.
According to Helmick, sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes. She said seven of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
According to the proclamation signed by commissioners, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is intended to draw attention to the fact that sexual violence against the citizens of Upshur County continues, and sexual violence is an intolerable violent crime that affects every person in Upshur County as a victim/survivor or as a family member, significant other, neighbor or co-worker of a victim/survivor and to prevent the future violation of our citizens, it is critical to foster greater public awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence, and to address this problem on every civic level.
The proclamation further noted Upshur County recognizes that no one person, organization, agency, or community can eliminate all sexual violence on their own, we must work together to educate our entire population about what we can be done to prevent sexual violence, support victim/survivors, and their significant others, and increase support for agencies providing services to victim/survivors.
“We appreciate everything you do,” Upshur County Commission President Sam Nolte said. “It’s a stressful job.”
Upshur County Solid Waste Authority Director Burl Smith and Upshur County Solid Waste Authority Board member Paul Richter presented a proclamation naming April as “Make it Shine Month” in Upshur County.
According to the proclamation, the Upshur County Commission is aware that West Virginians are taking action to work toward the common goal of a clean, safe environment for this and future generations.
It further stated that “one of our most critical objectives must be to reduce the volume of solid waste being generated by our citizens and being disposed of in landfills.”
According to Smith, at a shredding event this past September, 68 residents brought 6,500 pounds of paper to be shredded.
Richter noted that it took three hours to shred the paper.
Smith said the SWA is encouraging people to participate in Adopt a Highway programs as well as the Celebration of Recycling event scheduled for April 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Crossroads Recycling Center next to Walmart.
There will also be a tire collection event on June 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the transfer station located at 380 Mudlick Road.
Though not an agenda item, Nolte said complaints on the condition of Brushy Fork Road had been passed on to WV DOH, and it appeared they are making plans to fix the road at some point. He noted there were white lines spray painted around several areas of the road.
Commissioners approved and signed FY 19 Court Security Grant Application, Resolution and Assurance requesting the amount of $53,751 to purchase one additional camera to be placed in an elevator, six mobile radios, six tasers, and shatterproof film for the courthouse annex foyer and courthouse foyer doors.
It was explained the shatterproof film would not make the glass bullet proof but would make it very difficult to break the glass out by any means.
Commissioners entered a nine-minute executive session to discuss a personnel matter related to granting leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. After returning to regular session, commissioners approved the request.
Commissioners approved request from the Rock Cave PTO for a donation of pool passes for their annual fundraiser to be held May 4. Commissioners agreed to contribute 10 passes.
Commissioners tabled the approval and signature between the Upshur County Commission, Upshur County Board of Education, Lewis County Board of Education, and Micrologic for the COPS School Violence Prevention Program project until the agreement with Micrologic can be specified fully in regard to providing services, hardware, software and installation.
Commissioners also approved a request to apply for a FY 20 WV Community Corrections Program grant in the amount of $412,695 to be used to provide alternate sentencing and re-entry services for eligible offenders.
An agreement for lawn care maintenance was approved for the 2019 season, effective from March 28 through Sept. 30 and not to exceed $15,885.
The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will be April 4 at 9 a.m. in the commission chamber on the third floor of the Upshur County Courthouse.