BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission met Thursday morning via teleconference with updates regarding absentee voting, the Upshur County Pool and the Upshur County Development Authority’s grant application to the Appalachian Regional Commission.
As requested by County Clerk Carol Smith, Commissioners approved the hiring of temporary employees to assist with processing absentee ballots, effective April 27 until the conclusion of the election process. The Secretary of State, through the 2020 HAVA CARES Act Grant, allotted funding to counties to hire temporary employees for this purpose. These employees will assist in processing absentee ballots, sending and receiving absentee ballots and other essential duties in preparation for the June 9, 2020 Primary Election. Smith stated that they have already processed approximately 2,600 absentee ballots, and she has began programming the election equipment.
Although the Upshur County Recreational Park Pool is closed for the summer, it will still need to be filled with water and treated. Due to this, part-time employee Elizabeth Harris was hired and approved by Commissioners Thursday morning. If the pavilions are open, this person will potentially be responsible for the upkeep of them as well. Harris has been the assistant manager of the pool the past two seasons and is therefore familiar with the site. She is required to work no more than five hours per week.
Upshur County Commission also gave their support and approval for the Upshur County Development Authority’s grant application to the Appalachian Regional Commission. This grant application is for the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Industry Initiative. Commissioners letter to Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chairman Tim Thomas stated, “This initiative will help West Virginia companies diversify and expand their markets to produce goods with minimal emissions.”