Upshur County sets Trick or Treat

BUCKHANNON — County Commissioners established a date and time for Trick or Treat to correspond with the recently approved plan from City Council during their regular meeting on Thursday morning. Commissioner Sam Nolte made a motion that Trick or Treat take place on October 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., seconded by Commissioner Terry Cutright.

WYK Associates, Inc. submitted a proposal regarding architectural design services for renovations to the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department. Nurse Director Sue McKisic, in addition to other Board of Health members, previously corresponded with Commissioners regarding the need for renovations. The architect submitted two packages, one of which includes a 47% renovation. This 47% is “really what they’d like to accomplish,” according to County Administrator Carrie Wallace. Upon receiving the estimates, they will determine if they have the funding for either package. Wallace explained that the Board of Health may be submitting a request to Commissioners for potential assistance from the American Rescue Plan Act, should they lack funding.

Commissioners considered the sale of the 2008 Ford Escape owned jointly by the Upshur County Development Authority and Upshur County Commission to the UCDA for the sum of $1. The vehicle was originally purchased by the UCDA without financial contribution from the Commission and titled to both agencies due to insurance requirements at the time of purchase. Commissioner Cutright made a motion to approve, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Nolte.

Assistant County Administrator and DHSEM Assistant Director Tabatha Perry provided correspondence to Commissioners regarding a County Commission representative vacancy on the Wes-Mon-Ty Resource Conservation & Development Board of Directors. Perry noted, “After taking into consideration the goals and objectives of the Board, I respectfully recommend that you appoint Adam Brumley, Upshur County Parks & Recreation Facilities Director, to serve as the County Commission representative.” Brumley was recently hired by Commissioners as the newly approved full-time Parks and Recreation Facilities Director. Commissioners approved Perry’s request. Brumley’s term will expire on June 30, 2023.

William A. “Willie” Parker and Laura Rusmisell submitted letters of interest for the vacant community representative seat on the Upshur County Farmland Protection Board. Commissioners approved Rusmisell to the vacancy. Her term is effective immediately and will expire on June 30, 2025.

Commissioners also received two letters of interest regarding the vacant community representative seat on the Upshur County Safe Sites and Structures Enforcement Agency. Letters of interest were submitted by Jerry Wamsley and William A. “Willie” Parker. Commissioner Sam Nolte made a motion to table the item, pending recommendation from the Safe Sites and Structures Enforcement Agency. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Cutright.

Upshur County Emergency Communications Center Assistant Director Kimbra Wachob requested the employment of Brittany Wood and Marissa Taylor, as full-time telecommunicators, effective October 4, 2021. Commissioners approved their employment.

Previously tabled item, COPS Grant notification system upgrade project bid awards, was addressed Thursday morning. Dr. Jeff Harvey and Quinten Oldaker with Upshur County Schools reviewed the COPS Grant bids. Although both bids were over budget, the two spoke with the Financial Office of the Board of Education and they made the recommendation to contract Alpha Technologies, according to Perry. Commissioner Nolte made the motion to approve their recommendation and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Cutright.

In other business of the Upshur County Commission, Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility volunteer David William Hayhurst was approved Thursday morning. Commissioners also approved the resignation of an employee.

The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will be October 7, 2021 at 9 a.m.


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