Red Ribbon Week proclaimed, Commission acts on agenda items

Commissioners stand with Upshur Co. Schools employees and students for Red Ribbon Week Proclamation.

BUCKHANNON — On Thursday, October 20, during a regular scheduled meeting of the Upshur County Commission, a proclamation was made for Red Ribbon Week. Commissioners heard a presentation from members of Upshur County Schools who also brought students along for the event. Red Ribbon Week will run from Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28.

At 9:30 a.m. Becky McDaniels, a counselor for Upshur County Schools spoke briefly on the proclamation while it was then read aloud by another Upshur County Schools counselor Suzanne Bohman. The proclamation stated,

“Whereas recovery and abstinence from alcohol and other drug use is emphasized in West Virginia; It is imperative that visible, unified prevention education efforts by community members be continue to eliminate the effects of drugs and their use; and

“Whereas the National Red Ribbon Campaign is offering citizens the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to healthy lifestyles including no drug use; and will be celebrating such during National Red Ribbon Week, October 24 through 28, 2022.

“Whereas Upshur County further commits its resources to ensure the success of the Red Ribbon Campaign.

“Now therefore be it resolved that Upshur County does hereby proclaim October 24 through 28, 2022, as Red Ribbon Week and encourages its citizens to participate in drug prevention education activities, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to a healthy, drug free state.”

The City of Buckhannon also made a proclamation for Red Ribbon Week on Monday, October 24 at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall. City Recorder Randy Sanders read the proclamation in lieu of Mayor Robbie Skinner’s absence.

In addition to the proclamation, the Upshur County Commission acted on the following agenda items.

• Approve temporary hiring of election workers beginning on or around October 26, 2022, and ending on or around November 14, 2022, General Election. This item was approved.

• Correspondence from Robert Chapman, Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Justice office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announcing the award of $316,375 under the 2022 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). This project will install additional video surveillance equipment and replace outdated equipment at all nine public schools within Upshur County and is a joint initiative of the Upshur County Commission and the Upshur County Board of Education. Approval of electronic acceptance of award. This item was approved. 

• Consider request of Lisa Lamb announcing her resignation from the James W. Curry Library Advisory Board, effective immediately. This item was approved.

• Correspondence from James Crouse requesting appointment to the James W. Curry Library Advisory Board. Upon approval, Mr. Crouse’s term will be effective immediately and expire on December 31, 2026.

• Correspondence from Janella Cochran, Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility Director, requesting the temporary part-time employment of Breann N. Stanton as LUACF Attendant, effective October 23, 2022. Upon approval, Ms. Stanton will work a maximum of 8 weeks acquiring no more than an average of 19.5 hours per week. This item was approved.

• Review update from Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC regarding the pending opioid litigation. Consider signing “W.Va. Local Government Election and Release Form (Janssen).” This item was approved.

Commissioners also discussed Correspondence from Michael V. Coleman, Director, State of West Virginia Department of Homeland Security, Division of Administrative Services relating to jail per diem rates. WV State Code 15A-3-16 currently extends the statutory per diem cap of $48.25 paid by counties and municipalities to incarcerate inmates in regional jails, through July 1, 2023. Absent further legislative action, jail billings will be based on the rate of $54.48 beginning with the July 2023 billing cycle. It was noted by commissioners that jail per diem rates is only paid by counties and not their municipalities. Further, it was mentioned that the last bill was over $90,000 for just one month.

An item that was previously tabled on Thursday October 13 also remained tabled pending further details. The item regards the approval and signature of Service Contract with Cleveland Brothers to perform semi-annual service and annual maintenance service for the engine, generator and GENSET located at the E-911 Communications Center. The total cost for the 2023 agreement is $2,790; the total cost for the 2024 agreement is $2,874 and the total cost for the 2025 agreement is $2,958. The agreement includes all parts, travel time, mileage and labor for two inspections each year. The Upshur County Commission has the right to terminate this agreement for any reason at any time.

Commissioners stand with Upshur Co. Schools employees and students for Red Ribbon Week Proclamation.

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