UCDA Director seeks letter of support from Commission


HODGESVILLE — Director of the Upshur County Development Authority Jennifer Bostian approached the commissioners Thursday morning regarding a letter of support for a grant that Micrologic will submit to West Virginia’s Department of Economic Development. This grant will assst with their major broadband strategies program to run fiber through and around the existing tower structure in Upshur County. The grant will be submitted on behalf of Micrologic, with the support of the UCDA.

According to Bostian, Micrologic is a vital community partner, headquartered right here in Upshur County. She emphasized that a transition to fiber will get Upshur County to the economic development that is desperately needed in this area.

The UCDA, along with Micrologic have been working extensively on a multiple tower project for better broadband coverage in the county – this will bring them one step closer, according to Bostian. She added that these fiber connections will all eventually tie into the Zayo fiber that is running throughout Corridor H. Bostian expressed, “Upshur County is very fortunate to be so located along that and have such good access to that.” 

Commissioner Cutright noted that this process is “exciting” for Upshur County. The commission will formerly address Bostian’s request at their next regular commission meeting on January 13.

The commissioners approved the property acquisition for the relocation of the Lewis County 26th Judicial Circuit Community Corrections program, pending the approval from the Lewis County Commission. Director of the program Cheyenne Troxell explained that their programs in Upshur and Lewis have been growing and their Lewis County office has really struggled with space. The commission recently approved the relocation for the Upshur County office, providing them much needed space and Troxell noted they are hoping for the same outcome in Lewis. The Community Corrections Board has approved the request, pending a pest and building inspection. The acquisition of the property will depend on those inspections, in addition to the approval from the Lewis County Commission.

Commissioner Sam Nolte expressed to Troxell that they’re doing a great job with the program.

In other news for the Upshur County Commission, they also approved the following: 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 $3,481.04. This is Request for Funds #27; Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Supplemental Grant #21-SVA-048 Contract Agreement, Revised Standard Conditions and Assurances, Certifications, Resolution, Subgrantee Schedule of Payments and Request for Funds Form for the grant award in the amount of $7,992; Adoption of the 2022 standard mileage rates for business, medical and moving announced; and correspondence from Donna Matthews, requesting consideration to fill the unexpired term on the Upshur County Fire Board as community representative for the 1st Magisterial District.

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