Underage tobacco use focus of commission meeting


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Lori Ulderich Harvey appeared before the Upshur County Commission Thursday, on behalf of the Upshur County Tobacco Prevention Coalition. A proclamation was presented and approved to declare February E-cigarette and Juul Awareness Month.

Tucker and Harvey said their group is determined to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of these products being marketed as deceptively safer alternatives to tobacco use. According to Tucker, the U.S. Surgeon General has declared the underage use of these products as an epidemic.

Senate Bill 348 is seeking to push the age for purchasing products containing nicotine from 18 to 21 years old. Tucker cited Juul and e-cig possession/use as “the #1 disciplinary issue in central WV schools” currently. The coalition is also utilizing the Catch My Breath E-cigarette and Juul Prevention Program to curb this epidemic plaguing our youth.

Judith Williams, head librarian for the James W. Curry Public Library, provided their 2018 year in review. Williams noted that the facility is doing its part in keeping with the vision of James Curry’s belief in the power libraries have to transform lives and communities.

Some of the efforts she elaborated on were Tuesday evening family story times, the summer reading program, The Opoly Fest, the Bluegrass Festival and the Brooks Hill Fair. The library has seen an increase in participation and donations over the past year.

They have applied for the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces grant with hopes of further increasing their outreach, role and community presence. Williams provided a multitude of supporting evidence for the great things James W. Curry Public Library brings to enrich the Community along with big plans for the future.

She stated, “We are like a chrysalis about to turn into a beautiful butterfly.” The 2019 theme has not been determined yet, but under the visionary leadership of Williams, big things are surely in store.

Bids were opened for the Upshur County Court House dome cleaning and pigeon spike installation project. Unique Services and Applications from Pittsburgh, PA bid the project at $56,647 with a two-year warranty and additional pigeon spike material beyond the 1,200 linear foot amount included in the bid will cost $17 per linear foot. TKS Contracting of Buckhannon, WV bid the project at $45,000 with a one-year warranty and excess pigeon spike at $32 per linear foot. Steeple Jacks of America in OH bid the project at $39,000 with a five-year warranty and excess pigeon spike at $12 per linear foot. Action to select the contractor will be taken at a later date.

The Commission approved Glen Hawkins’ request for reappointment to the Upshur County Youth Camp Board, effective June 1, 2019, and the new term will expire on May 31, 2025. The resignation of Carla G. Waldo, Batterers Intervention and Prevention facilitator was also approved. The WV Department of Highways is currently trying to shift the responsibility of reclamation and clean-up costs of a landslide onto the land owner, regardless if they caused the issue or not. Currently, the land owner is only responsible if they caused the problem. Commissioners agreed to write a letter in sup-port of Hardy County Com-mission’s request for support in opposing any changes to legislation regarding debris landslides.  

Dennis Cortes appeared on behalf of American Legion Post 7 to report on the organization making national news. Their efforts have made changes that now require all social studies classes to in-corporate patriotism into the curriculum. He also noted that the American Legion is 100 years old this year and invited any veteran who is not a member to join.

Other items discussed included the CCAWV County Government Essay Contest, which has a deadline for applications due April 19, 2019. The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department is accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff positions until 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2019. Appointments are also needed for the Upshur County Enhanced Emergency Telephone and the Buckhannon-Upshur Parks and Recreation Advisory Boards.

The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will convene on February 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. Please note that the regularly scheduled Commission meeting for February 28, 2019 has been cancelled.

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