The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 10, 2013

Monroe County applies for public safety type grants

— The Monroe County Commission is waiting to hear a response to two grant applications that have public safety implications.

According to County Clerk Donald Evans, an application was made for a court security grant for approximately $160,000. If awarded, the funds will be used for security upgrades in the county’s magistrate offices.

A separate grant would bring in $56,000 to enable the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department to maintain prevention resource officers (PROs) in James Monroe High School as well as Peterstown Middle School.

County officials hope to receive good news about both grants in the near future, Evans said.

During Wednesday’s county commission meeting, Commissioner Clyde Gum Jr. raised the possibility of the county acquiring the former Board of Education office in Union to use as storage space. Evans was authorized to contact the superintendent of schools with an inquiry about the feasibility of such a transaction.


— Fred Ziegler with the Monroe County Historical Society reported on progress in fundraising for restoration of a structure to be used to house and display the organization’s stagecoach collection.

— Commissioners recognized Shirley Hall upon her retirement from the position of director of the Family Resource Network. Hall has been with the Monroe County FRN for more than 20 years.

— Commissioners began discussions regarding a cell tower ordinance.

— Tina Alvey