By Sarah Plummer
The Summers County Commission elected Bill Lightner as commission president Monday.
The commission also welcomed newly elected commissioner Tony Williams. Williams replaces outgoing president Jerry Berry, who did not seek re-election.
David Cole, executive director of Region 1 Planning and Development Council, updated the commission on both the Meadows Creek PSD and Big Bend PSD project.
Cole said the Meadows Creek project has received a Housing and Urban Development Small Cities Block Grant for $200,000. These funds will be used in construction design.
The Meadows Creek project involves replacing the existing Meadows Creek wastewater treatment plant and extending service to pick up an additional 21 customers, he said.
Cole said the Big Bend project is very close to being put out for bid with only five rights-of-way needed.
This project will entail extending public water service to the remainder of Wiggins and across the Greenbrier River along W.Va. 3 and 12 nearly up to the bridge on the south bank side.
Commissioner Jack Woodrum said the commission is exploring the creation of a Communities Corrections Program with Monroe County that will establish a broader program than they have had in the past.
This program will include day report, home confinement and educational and support programs for individuals with substance abuse addiction, said Woodrum.
While this collaboration is still in its infancy, he explained that because Summers and Monroe counties share a judicial court, a joint Communities Corrections Program will be more easily facilitated.
The commission will be posting a job position for a Community Corrections Coordinator who will be responsible for grant writing and helping to build the program.
— E-mail: splummer@ register-herald.com