By Wendy Holdren
Several new business items were approved at the Raleigh County Commission meeting Tuesday, including appointments, a new hire for the Assessor’s Office and several grant drawdowns.
Jim Withrow, Monroe Cook, Randy Vest and Dan Snead were appointed to the Raleigh County Building Code Appeals Board and Bill Cameron was appointed to the Raleigh County Community Action Association.
Nathaniel Lucas was approved for hire at the Raleigh County Assessor’s Office. Assessor Drema Evans said Lucas has previously worked for her office and the budget will cover his salary.
Two grant drawdowns were approved for Theatre West Virginia for $5,000 and $4,000, which county attorney Bill Roop said would go toward paying for costumes and supplies.
An emergency solutions grant drawdown was approved for $9,308 for the Women’s Resource Center.
A DUI grant drawdown, from the West Virginia Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention, was approved for $1,169.
A Bragg/Pluto water project invoice was approved for $32,400.
The fiduciary commissioner report for the estates of Elizabeth DeBerry and Florence DeBerry was approved.
A courthouse facilities grant application was approved, which Roop said will request $98,000 for windows.
A records management preservation grant application was approved for $10,843 and Roop said the county would match that amount. He said the money would be used for the scanning of homestead exempt cards, overtime and other items.
A change of scope was approved for a grant for the Lillian James Learning Center. Roop said that out of the $8,000 grant, $6,808 is left, and they want to purchase a van for client services.
Bob Cannon, chief code enforcement officer, came to discuss a building code amendment, which he said will essentially cost the same.
He said the plan review fee will be eliminated, but an administrative fee will be put in place.
Pat Reed asked for clarification and Cannon noted that the new fee is not an increase, the amounts are nearly the same, it’s just a simpler way of handling the fee.
No budget revisions were made.
Under old business, a Glade Springs bond refund was approved for $135,000, which Roop said involves development.
He recommended that the money be returned to Glade and the commission approved.
Trick-or-treating for Raleigh County will be held the same time as for the City of Beckley, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31.
A special meeting will be held Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. for the opening of bids for electronic equipment in the Prosecutor’s Office.
The next regular meeting of the Raleigh County Commission will be held Nov. 5 at 10 a.m.
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