Gabe Devono was ready to stab the employees on his personally hand picked RIFF and transfer list in the back. That was all too clear.
Then when he gets in a Board meeting and sees he won’t get his way he flips. Trying to tell the ones he was fine with hurting that he was really on their side all along. Who on earth would be fool enough to fall for that?
The Devono script has always read he’ll do what he pleases when he pleases and if you don’t agree with him you don’t matter to him.
This time, it didn’t happen. Thank heaven Charleston BOE had the good sense to give back control. Professionals and Service personnel alike have reason to feel their hard work is appreciated.
A game changer is about to happen. New blood as Superintendent, backed by our elected board members, who are our friends and neighbors, and have the best interest of students, staff, and community in their heart.
Yes, our elected board members will correct six years of intervention. They will need some time to access and repair issues, but they will do their job.
Many of us have faith that issues like this will be dealt with in a fair and professional manner.
Great article from BREITBART NEWS. So good of Senator Manchin to show his support of Planned Parenthood. Joe is supported by anti-gunner Mayor Bloomberg who held a fund raiser for him. We know Joe is pushing gun control. He has also stated to the effect that he can work with President Trump to facilitate gun control. Now we know he supports abortion, loud and clear for all to see. I personally do not think West Virginians support gun control or abortion. We will find out for sure when Joe runs for election again.
It is about time that Charleston came out with clear language about seriousness of school boards and individuals on them being legally liable for overspending.
Nothing like it went to the public during intervention while the GCBOE was stripped of all its power.
No wonder now why all along some GCBOE members have asked probing questions about finances and they were not answered. More power to those conscientious individuals who tried hard to do their jobs and we support them 100%.
There must be a full accounting of every dollar spent during intervention with no local oversight and no accountability at all for State-appointed superintendents.
We need a complete accounting of spending for the Linn school, the loss of public money at the top of the hill on Arbuckle property, spending at Cedar Creek, unplanned spending at the GCES, the BOE office move to the Minnie Hamilton building, the scandal from the new GCES being built too small, and much more. Citizens have tracked the waste and mismanagement for years and we are outraged.
Unless a full accounting is done for public disclosure another excess levy will never pass in the County although we understand that there will be a major reset on July 1.
Thank you GFP for getting Paine’s letter out to Gilmer County.
The fix could be simple. First, everyone pay 10 percent federal, 3 percent state, and 1 percent local taxes on all income. Straight forward, no arguments, taken from pay checks and paid to the proper authorities (that is if we can get good ones elected that will use the money properly for education, infrastructure, defense, aid for the true disabled/welfare, etc). Second, there are no deductions(sorry accountants). Third, no taxes on corporations so they are free to reinvest into their business and hire more people to work(that is if you can find qualified people not on drugs these days). Fourth, get people off government support that don’t belong there(sorry again druggies and lazies). Now if you find someone taking advantage of the current tax laws, don’t blame them for wanting to keep their own money. That’s correct, their money, not yours. We have elected the people and keep doing that who make these laws. The Clinton’s and the Bush’s and the Kennedy’s, life long politicians. If you get rich being a politician, then you need to go. At least Trump got rich first and then became a politician. Sort of did it backwards didn’t he. Each and every person that wants Trump to produce his tax returns, it is time for all of them to produce theirs. The world is full of them. Me, I can care less what he makes. Good for him. Good for me. Get over it, the left lost the election, just like the right did 8 years ago. The reason Trump is president is because the last 8 years the left didn’t get it done and Clinton was a horrible candidate. Too much baggage and ran a horrible campaign also. I think she thought she couldn’t lose but she did. Now the left is acting like babies that they can be at times and it doesn’t look good. Instead of trying to run Trump(who used to be a democrat) down, why not give him a bit of support so our country will come back stronger. It seems the media is completely against Trump, all we see is negative articles. Never positive articles so the media is losing support from the people. Sorry for the long post but it is what it is. Thanks.
What a deal we have to badger our elected representatives to do what is good and right for West Virginia! Isn’t it a no brainer to be doing the right thing for your state? Obvious money means more to our legislators than the voice of the people!
Here is another way the WV School Building Authority is failing Gilmer County by refusing to provide proper oversight.
There could be ways to use available space at the new GCES more efficiently to avoid the necessity of sending students to other locations.
By failing to get involved the SBA is not contributing to solving the crowing problem to eliminate need to use hall ways at the new school for instruction space.
This is a disgrace after spending $14,000,000 of public money, and the complete story of waste, mismanagement, and abuse of authority during intervention and its aftermath would make a great story for the New York Times to print.
Special Agent Julie Lecea from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations will be hosting a presentation at Glenville State College on Wednesday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mollohan Campus Community Center room 315. Her presentation will focus on careers in the United States Air Force and in forensic science.
Special Agent Julie A. Lecea is a Criminal Investigations and Forensic Sciences specialist at HQ, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Quantico, VA. She currently chairs a number of Defense Criminal Investigative Organization (DCIO) working groups focused on improving interoperability and finding efficiencies within the forensics and biometrics disciplines. Lecea was born in Flint, MI and after graduating high school, she entered the United States Air Force Academy, where she graduated in 1997 with military distinction and earned a bachelor of science degree in behavioral sciences. Lecea was selected for duty with AFOSI and graduated from the AF Special Investigations Academy in December 1997. She has fulfilled AFOSI responsibilities at several organizational levels, including a tour as a Forensic Sciences Consultant during which she provided forensic expertise on major violent crime cases to 23 AFOSI offices located in the south central United States. She earned a Master of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University in 2002, and has been active in multiple national level policy working groups related to forensic sciences and sexual assault investigations. She separated from the military after honorably serving for eleven years, and was hired by AFOSI as a civilian federal agent in September, 2004. Lecea has served in multiple leadership roles, including as the Special Agent in Charge at Luke AFB, AZ from 2007-2010, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on a joint leadership assignment for six months in 2009.
For more information about the presentation contact Marisha Lecea at
GSC Land Resources Department Hosting Presentations
Gary Kent, Director of Surveying at The Schneider Corporation will visit Glenville State College to give presentations on Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Waco Center room 227/228.
The first presentation, ‘GIS and Real Property Boundaries – Why Don’t They Fit,’ will discuss problems related to showing accurate boundaries in a geographic information systems (GIS) and what it takes to have a GIS parcel fabric that has some integrity.
The second presentation, titled ‘Elements of Risk Management for Surveyors,’ will help surveyors understand the realities of liability in their practices.
Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information about the presentations contact the GSC Land Resources Department at 304.462.4135.
Gilmer County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Minutes for July 12, 2016
Attending: Karen Kinney, Barb McKown, Jessica Greenlief, Benton Huffman, Dr. Carol Mangone, Brook Michael.
Call to Order- In Chair Kristan Ramey’s absence, Jessica Greenlief called the meeting to order at 1:34 PM.
I. Guest speaker Dr. Carol Mangone from Region 4 Project SUCCESS presented the results of the CRA interviews. The process used to identify survey respondents was reviewed. Key results indicated that Gilmer County is in Stage 2 (Denial/Resistance) in terms of community readiness to address the County’s substance abuse issues. This is in line with the Coalition’s own observations that many in the community want to deny there is an issue. Coalition members discussed ways in which we could address this including:
a. Working with the local press to highlight the issue and the actions of the SAP Coalition.
b. Meeting with the local magistrates, judges, other law enforcement and County leadership to highlight some of the solutions available in the community. It was suggested to have Carol Wolfe help convene this meeting and to also meet with the LEPL coalition.
c. Continue to use social media to highlight the issue and the work of the SAP Coalition.
d. Find ways to involve others in Gilmer County communities other than Glenville.
II. Old Business
a. Prescription Drug Drop Box- Need continuing publicity and promotion.
b. Statement of Work
1. Round Robin Clinics: Group looked at the possibility of holding a Softball Clinic on August 20th for 8 to 15 year-olds at the Sue Morris Complex from 10AM to 4 or 5PM. McDonalds has offered to sponsor. Potentially could charge $30.00 and offer a t-shirt. Benton Huffman will continue to work on this.
2. Day of Hope: Karen, Benton, Kristen and Jessica met on 7/20 and came up with the following: Work with the Students Against Substance Abuse Coalition to hold a candlelight vigil in the Town Park on Saturday, September 17 at 8PM. Next meeting has been set for Tuesday, August 23rd at 10AM to finalize details.
3. Power Point – This has not been developed. Jessica will approach Patrick Montgomery at the Library to see if the Teen volunteers would like to be involved. Karen suggested looking at a Prezi format.
c. Students Against Substance Abuse – The will pick up at the middle/high school after school starts on August 15. Jessica will work with the principal of Gilmer County Elementary School to begin a group there. Barb also knows the guidance counselor.
d. Chasing the Dragon – Due to weather and the fact that the FBI did not attend, the video could not be fully shown and attendance was low, however the discussion was good.
III. New Business
a. Community meetings have not been well attended and as a result the decision was made to move them to a Thursday evening. The next one is on July 21.
b. Circle of Parents will meet on Tuesday, July 19 at 6PM in Cedar Creek to see if this draws more people out.
c. Summer Feeding- The program has only attracted two families that are more in need of socialization than food. The FRN board will be discussing this at their next meeting.
d. Fundraising Ideas – Other ideas included a pulled pork dinner and a Walk Against Heroin.
Next Meeting- August 09 at Noon at the FRN office.
Free Workshop on Rebuilding or Repairing Flood-Damaged Homes
As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the ACE Hardware store in Rainelle have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.
FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand this week to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. A variety of free workshops for storm-impacted homeowners on such topics as repairing or installing flooring and what to do with rain-soaked drywall will be presented daily. Most of the information is geared for do-it-yourselfers and general contractors.
FEMA advisors will be at ACE Hardware, 326 Main St, Rainelle, WV 25962, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through Saturday, August 30.
Free reference booklets, in English and Spanish, with information on protecting your home from flood damage, will be available at all locations. More information about strengthening property can be found at www.fema.gov/what-mitigation
West Virginians who have questions about their flood insurance policies and coverage should contact the National Flood Insurance Program call center at 800.621.3362 (Option 2) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
Specialists can help with service claims, provide general information regarding policies, and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery.
PK-12, higher education leaders
to discuss future of education in WV
during Sixth Annual Student Success Summit
Summit to focus on collaboration, action to improve state’s education systems
MORGANTOWN, WV – Nearly 500 education administrators, teachers, students, military leaders and community group members will join forces this week to find better ways to support students and increase educational achievement in the Mountain State.
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education will host the sixth annual statewide Student Success Summit on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Morgantown. The Summit focuses on encouraging collaboration across the full length of the education pipeline. Representatives ranging from pre-school teachers to college presidents to student leaders are expected to be in attendance.
The conference will kick off with a panel discussion among education leaders to address the challenges and opportunities within the state’s education systems. Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the Commission; Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the state’s Community and Technical College System; Dr. Michael Martirano, State Superintendent of Schools; Michael Green, President of the State Board of Education and Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Chief Career and Technical Education Officer for the West Virginia Department of Education will participate in the panel. The discussion will be moderated by Scott Finn, the CEO and Executive Director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
“This Summit offers a unique opportunity to fuel collaboration and innovation across the full education spectrum in West Virginia. From early learning through higher education and beyond, we have to ensure that our students are prepared to take the next step in their educations or careers — and succeed,” Dr. Hill said. “Increasing the number of students who are graduating with a high school diploma and earning a postsecondary certificate or degree is going to be a critical component in moving our economy forward and reinvigorating our communities. ”
This year’s conference theme is “Excellence in Action.” The event will feature more than 60 sessions that focus on sharing practical ideas that can have an immediate impact in classrooms and on campuses across the state.
“There is no other more important metric that validates our progress than our graduation rate,” said Dr. Michael Martirano. “We know a growing number of jobs of the future in West Virginia are going to require education beyond high school, so a focus on pursuing education postsecondary is critical. When more young people achieve and graduate, our entire state becomes stronger.”
Five high schools — Berkeley Springs, Paw Paw, Riverside, Spring Valley, Tolsia and Wayne County — will send teams of students to participate in a focused Youth Summit track of the conference. Students will learn leadership skills and strategies to build and strengthen a college-going culture in their communities. They will present what they have learned during the morning plenary session on July 28.
The Summit is sponsored by the Commission and the Department of Education, with support from the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and the State’s military service units. Registration is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit www.cfwv.com.
GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 06, 2016
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members: Fisher, Wiant, Walters, Taylor and Huffman present.
Pledge of Allegiance
I. Call to Order
No public comments
A. Approval of Minutes – May 02, 2016
The minutes from the May 2, 2016, meeting were reviewed. One correction was noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.
The budget is currently at 93.70% of the fiscal year. The final budget revisions for this fiscal year must be submitted by June 17 for approval. The book keeper requested $6000 be moved from the Police Dept with $2000 to the Street Dept and and $4000 to City Hall and $275 from Contingency fund with $125 to 410 City Council and $150 to 411 Recorder line items.
440 - City Hall $4000
750 - Street Dept $2000
410 - City Council $125
411 - Recorder $150
Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve these adjustments in the budget. Councilman Walters seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Walters seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that 812 tons of black top were used to pave the city streets. Not all streets were paved that were in need, but the worst streets were repaired at a total cost of $74,239.
Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He requested executive session to discuss personnel matters. Council will move into executive session later in meeting.
Mayor Fitzpatrick noted there was no utility meeting in April, but attended the meeting in May. There was a 3”water line leak on Elm Street, replaced a pump and flushed hydrants. No leaks or problems on the sewer side. June Evans’ term on the board will expire June 30. The utility board requested council approve June Evans’ reappointment for another term.
Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to reappoint June Evans for another term. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Councilwoman Huffman complimented the water department for their time and assistance with a water leak in her home late one night.
Nothing to report at this time.
- Reschedule July meeting to July 11 at 7:00 p.m. Council Meeting rescheduled to July 11 due to holiday.
- Paving: Update provided earlier in meeting
- Citywide Yard Sale June 17-18: Citywide Yard Sale is scheduled for June 17-18, 2016. Participants need to submit their advertisements to City Office by June 13 in order to publish in newspaper. Councilwoman Huffman will advertise on Facebook.
- Folk Festival part time workers: Requested two part-time workers to assist the Street Dept. to work Folk Festival at 30 hours each for a total of $525.00. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the two part-time workers for Folk Festival for 30 hours each totaling $525.00. Councilman Walters seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Councilwoman Huffman made a motion for council to move into executive session at 7:19 p.m. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Councilwoman Huffman made a motion for council to come out of executive session at 7:48 p.m. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Councilman Fisher made a motion to hire a part time parking officer at 20 hours per week at $9 per hour.
III. Unfinished Business
IV. New Business
V. Other Business to come before Council
Councilman Wiant asked about the bonfire by the river event during Folk Festival. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to allow the bonfire along the Little Kanawha River with the Fire Dept. on hand for control. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.
VI. Next City Council Meeting
The next council meeting will be July 11, at 7:00 p.m.
“Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey” program featured at 14 West Virginia State Parks in 2016
SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV - The “Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey” program series will be featured at 14 state parks in 2016. Ron and Wendy Perrone of Three Rivers Avian Center will present the birds and information about each species. The presentation includes information about the incredible abilities of raptors, their differences, and how birds are connected with their ecosystems.
“We feature the program every year, and every year it is wonderful,“ says Cheryle Boggs, seasonal naturalist at Watoga State Park. “Birds, and particularly raptors, are fascinating.“
Three Rivers Avian Center is scheduled to present “Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey” at these West Virginia state parks and forests. Location and presentation times are posted on each park’s events website, or call the park for times.
Special summer programs and a variety of daily activities are conducted at West Virginia state parks and are open to the public at no charge. Times vary and should be confirmed with individual parks. For more information about special programs, click on Park Programs at www.wvstateparks.com.
Why outdoor education works
Three Rivers Avian Center started presenting programs in West Virginia State Parks in 1993. Its popularity and response has been outstanding. “People are genuinely interested in raptors, conservation of birds and visiting a state park and being outdoors,“ says Sissie Summers, programming coordinator for West Virginia State Parks.
“In June 2000, we presented a program at an area that is well known for its great fishing opportunities,“ Center Executive Director Wendy Perrone says. “Part of the program focused on the effects on wildlife from abandoned tangles of fishing line left hanging in trees, brush and in the water. Some of the injuries seen here are from fishing line entanglements and many have been horrific. A few of the stories and some involving the death of birds were shared with the audience. At the end of the program, as we were talking with visitors and local residents, a little girl broke away from the crowd and ran over to a nearby tree that was leaning out over the water. She returned, came up to me and triumphantly handed me a piece of tangled fishing line, complete with bobber that had been hanging in the tree. She announced that she and her friends would be collecting fishing line ‘from now on!‘ We still have that bobber in the TRAC van.“
About: Three Rivers Avian Center
Three Rivers Avian Center is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to wild bird conservation and to educating and involving people in ecosystem stewardship. Founded in 1990, the 103 acre facility is located in the southern portion of the New River Gorge National River, between Sandstone and Hinton in Summers County, West Virginia. Executive Director Wendy Perrone is a graduate of Guilford College and currently serves as the New River Gorge Peregrine Restoration Coordinator, a five-year effort to reestablish peregrine falcon populations in their native southern Appalachian haunts. Education Director Ron Perrone is a graduate of West Virginia University. The Perrones are involved in many interpretative based organizations, wildlife rehabilitation organizations and assist conservation agencies as appropriate.
The public is invited to public tour days at Three Rivers Avian Center, held the first Saturday of each month May – October from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Other tours are scheduled by appointment only. The center is near Bluestone and Pipestem Resort state parks. For more information about Three Rivers Avian Center, call 304.466.4683 or visit www.tracwv.org.
GSC Biology Professor to Present about African Violets
GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jeremy Keene will be one of two guest speakers at this year’s annual Spring Flower Swap that is being held at Little Birch Elementary in Braxton County, West Virginia on Saturday, May 07, 2016. His presentation will focus on how to grow and propagate gesneriads, the best known of which is the African violet.
GSC Assistant Biology Professor Dr. Jeremy Keene will speak at the
15th Annual Flower Swap, being held in Braxton County, on the topic of African violets;
he is pictured here with dried plant specimens
Keene, who is originally from southwest Missouri, has been an avid horticulturist and botanist for several years. He started growing plants, including African violets and orchids, as a child. The curious nature of those plants led him toward researching them and sharing that knowledge with others. His research focuses on the events that lead to speciation in several relatives of African violets from around the world. The close of the spring semester will mark the end of his first year of teaching at GSC.
“I am very happy to have been invited to the Flower Swap and look forward to this hands-on workshop. I will be teaching common methods to start seed and cuttings of African violets and their relatives,” said Keene.
This marks the fifteenth year of the swap, which is open to the public. Organizers note that the only rules for the event are that no money be exchanged, attendees bring at least one potted flower, vegetable plant, tree, shrub, seed, bulb, annual, house plant, or perennial to swap, and that any exchanges not begin before the official time. The Swap runs from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Keene’s presentation is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.
For more information about the Spring Flower Swap, contact 304.765.2994. For more information about Keene’s research or biology programs at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.6313.
GSC’s Alumni Weekend Scheduled; Graduates to be Honored Announced
Glenville, WV – Alumni and friends of Glenville State College are invited to campus for Alumni Weekend on Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23.
Several activities are planned for the weekend; culminating with the popular evening alumni awards banquet. Alumni banquet attendees also may gather in the third floor pre-function area of the Mollohan Campus Community Center from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for a social hour prior to dinner in the ballroom. Activities earlier in the day will allow everyone to socialize, reminisce, and re-establish contact with fellow alums and friends of Glenville State College who might not have seen one another in a while.
The Alumni Center, open from 1:00-4:30 p.m., will serve as headquarters for the day’s activities. (A full schedule of activities and registration form can be found at www.glenville.edu.)
The evening’s banquet spotlight will be on the Alumni Association’s guests of honor:
• Alumnus of the Year Gary Ray ‘71
• Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Dr. David M. Gillespie ’64
• Community Service Award Honoree Ken Davis ‘72
• Outstanding Public School Educator Award Recipient Leigh Dawn (Bailey) McGinnis ‘91
• Outstanding Young Alumna Jamie (Hickman) Weaver ‘06
• Outstanding Young Alumnus Dr. Freddie Persinger ‘06
The Alumni Center will be open for social time following the banquet.
Banquet/Social Hour tickets are $20.00 each and reservations are required. Contact the Alumni Office at 304.462.4110, 866.239.0285 toll free, or via e-mail at
for more information and to make your banquet reservations.
The Gilmer County Commission met on Friday, April 01, 2016. Commission President Larry Chapman as well as Commissioners Brian Kennedy and John Bennett and County Clerk Jean Butcher were present.
Here is a summary of the meeting (please watch the VIDEO for more details. The summary is in order the meeting was conducted):
There were not any Exonerations and/or Consolidations to approve.
There were not any Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements for the commission to approve either.
There were no Board Appointments and/or Resignations to approve. However there are board seats open for the Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - DeKalb/Troy & Glenville Corporation.
Angel Ball, the commission’s finiacial deputy clerk presented the commission with several budget revisions which were basically moving funds between accounts. The commission approved the revisions.
County Commission Minutes for past three meetings were approved.
The commission achknowledged the receipt of the following boards minutes (The minutes are available at the County Clerk’s Office for review.):
Gilmer County Board of Health minutes-February 16, 2016
WesMonTy RC& D Board minutes- February 16, 2016
Region VI LEO Board minutes-December 2015
Gilmer County Public Service District minutes-February 08, 2016
President Chapman indicated that he like to have a sitdown meeting regarding the Court Security Fund Grant-WV Supreme Court Floor Plan. He asked the Clerk to try to schedule a meeting with them for the April 15th meeting.
There is still a need for representative for the Red Cross to represent Gilmer County. There has been some interest but no commitments. The issue of the Laptop which was purchased for Red Cross use was brought up. After purchase last year, a program needed for Red Cross use could not be installed on the laptop. The laptop was sent to Todd Wine (Red Cross) immediately and it has not been returned yet. County Clerk is to check on this matter.
The Commission did not have any new business scheduled in this meeting.
Under other business West Virginia Risk Pool Proposal-Coverage was discussed. Clerk Butcher explained the breakdown of the insurance. The workman Compensation portion of the insurance is payable quarterly and the rest is paid in one payment. The total was about $6,165.25.
Jessica Greenlief from Gilmer FRN presented the commission with Proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention & Alcohol Awareness. She asked for commissioners’ signature. All the commissioners signed the Proclamations.
Pam Starsick from HOPE Inc. asked the commission to declare April the Sexual Assault Awareness month. Commissioners signed the document.
The commission approved Invoices for Payment totaling $48,031.50. An invoice for Animal Cruelty for the amount near $600 was questioned. The invoice was for Horse Abuse. The Clerk indicated once the commission pays the invoice they will be re-imbursed by the Magistrate Court.
Question was asked about the WVDEP Tire Clean Up. The answer: nothing has been planned at this time. Needless to say there nothing scheduled for junk or electronic collection either. <
Next meeting is scheduled for April 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM.
There will be a meeting on April 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM for the Levy.
The Gilmer County Commission met on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM. Commissioners Larry Chapman, John Bennett, and Brian Kennedy were present. County Clerk Jean Butcher as well as Angel Ball, the accounting deputy were also present. Following is the summary of the meeting:
There was not any Exonorations and/or Cosolidations to approve.
Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements were approved.
There was not any Board Appointments and/or Resignations to approve. However, there are opening on the following board: Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - DeKalb/Troy & Glenville Corporation.
The Commission approved invoices for payment totaling $118,055.31.
Clark Persinger was at the meeting regarding Personal Property Taxes. He was asking for help to pay his ~$400 past due personal property taxes. He said he was out of state and his mother had not paid the taxes since 2011. The tax was on a mobile recreation trailer which he claimed to be in real bad shape. Assessor Gary Wolfe said the trailer is assessed for $1,800.00. Persinger said he does not have any job and his wife is on social security. He wants to register his vehicle, but he cannot because there are past due taxes. Since this property is personal it could not be used in tax sales. He asked the commission to do whatever they could to help. After good bit of discussions the commissioners exonarated the taxes from 2008-2015 and asked Persinger to pay only the 2007 tax in the amount of $43.42.
The commission achknowledged the receipt of totals from Lewis-Gilmer E911. The document is available for review at county Clerks office.
Pitney Bowes Lease Agreement: There is no lease or maintenance agreement on the equipments currently. The commission decided to leave it the same due to financial hardship.
Agreement between the Records Management and Preservation Board and the Gilmer County Commission for $12,347 grant award was signed. The amount will be used at the Clerk’s Office.
Commission received the Gilmer County Extension Office 2017 FY Budget Memorandum. Since the amount is set and it all goes to the Extension Office and commission does does not handle their budget and expeditures anymore, the commission did not have to worry about this. Also the commission does have to worry about any carryovers.
Court Security Fund Grant – WV Supreme Court Floor Plan: This grant is to be done by April 01, 2016. This leaves the commission with not enough time to act. The grant required budget information for next fiscal year which is not done yet. At this time the commission tabled this grant.
Assessor’s Certificate of Valuation: Accoding to County assessor Gary Wolfe, the valuation is just a little more that last year. Real Estate has been consistant, but the oil and gas down. Wolfe said, next year the valuation should be better since there are a lot of construction going on. Oil and gas is projected to be the same for next four years. It was noted that Calhoun County’s valuation is down. After some discussion, the commissioners accepted the valuation.
Commission approved State Mileage Reimbursement Rate .54/mile effective January 01, 2016.
Abandonment and Re-designation of Highway: The CR 119/3 – Hiney Hill Road beginning at a point being .95 mile east of the junction of CR 119/3 and US Hwy 33; thence easterly a distance of 0.40 mile to mile point 1.35 and ending was abandoned by WVDOH. Total length to be abandoned is 0.40 mile with new length of CR 119/3 to be 0.95 mile and right-of-way width of 30 feet. The partial redesignation of CR 119/3 begins at a pont on CR 26, said point being 0.66 mile north of the junction of CR 26 and CR 28; thence westerly a distance of 1.05 miles and ending. Total length to be redesignated is 1.05 miles and it is assigned CR 26/3 with right-of-way of 30 feet. The commission approved this request from WVDOH.
Property Tax Levy Rates and Taxes Levy 2016-2017 FY: The maximum rate of 14.3% was approved. The maximum rate that a county can afford is set by State Auditors Office.
Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center wanted the commission to ask the E-911 to put up the sigh for the Recreation Center. It was taken down and never put up.
Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center has not been able to get anyone to bid on their audit. Commission suggested contacting the State Auditors Office since they can do the audit.
Finally the Commission had a workshop on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year with the elected offices.
U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence to Visit GSC
GLENVILLE, WV - Elise Kleinwaks, Diplomat in Residence for the DC Metro region, will be at Glenville State College speaking to students and other guests regarding careers and internships with the U.S. Department of State.
Kleinwaks will be on campus Wednesday, March 16 in Mollohan Campus Community Center room 315 at 1:00 p.m. for an open information session with students and members of the community. She will also meet with GSC students enrolled in Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Marisha Lecea’s American National Government and Comparative Government courses during their scheduled class times.
She has been with the Department of State for 28 years and has worked in Hanoi on the team that helped reestablish diplomatic relations with Vietnam, monitored refugee processing programs in Africa, and spent time with programs that removed landmines in Nicaragua. She speaks Vietnamese, Spanish, Bosnian, and some Hebrew.
Previously, Kleinwaks served as an International Trade Officer for the Commerce Department and as a Budget and Finance Assistant at Harper and Row Publishers.
Diplomats in Residence are career Foreign Service Officers and Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships to students and professionals in the communities they serve. They make themselves available to answer questions and share insight with those interested in Foreign and Civil Service careers, internships, and fellowships.
The Foreign Service and its employees represent America and respond to the needs of American citizens in other countries. Employees can serve stateside or be sent to any embassy, consulate, or other diplomatic mission in the world.
The open information session is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 304.462.6270.
G-Eye™: Gilmer County Commission Report for March 04, 2016 Meeting
GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse - Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV
The Gilmer County Commission meeting was called to order by commission President Larry Chapman. Commissioner John Bennett was present. Commissioner Brian Kennedy was absent. Angel Ball was present in place of County Clerk Jean Butcher who was recovering from a surgery.
Following is the summary of the meeting:
Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements were approved.
Jack Heater, the Gilmer County OEM presented his busget for the upcoming year. The budget has only a $265 increase. He said application for a grant was submitted. He also disconnected the unused faxline.
Two(2) Budget Revision presented by Angel Ball were approved.
The minutes for the County Commission meeting on February 19, 2016 was approved.
The receipt of the minutes from Gilmer County Board of Health minutes-December 21, 2015 & January 26, 2016 as well WesMonTy RC & D Board of Directors minutes-January 19, 2016 were achknowledged. These minutes are available for review at county Clerk’s Office.
WV Risk Pool Insurance Proposal for FY2016-2017 was approved. The insurance is about $12/$10,000. The insurance for the Holt house is $359.00/year for $300,000.00 coverage. Overall no changes were made and everything stayed the same.
Sharon Kesselring, the Executive Director from The American Red Cross had a presentation explaining the services the organization provides to the community. She explained the Chapters in WV (video). She is looking for two(2) representatives from Gilmer County. Commissioner Chapman asked for this to be put on next meeting’s agenda. Kesselring spoke about the program “Save A Life Saturdays.” This program provides up to three(3) smoke detectors plus installations for any house which asks for them. All one needs to do is call 1.844.216.8286. Please see below for more information. Please watch her presention on the video as well for more services. Pillow Case Project is one of them. 68 students so far in Gilmer County have been presented with this project. At the time of the meeting 62 homes in Gilmer County had received Fire Alarm/Smoke Detectors.
Commission approved payment of invoices totaling $76,982.25.
The Commission approved and signed the Lease Agreement with Gilmer County Historical Society for The Holt House.
Commission approved and signed Letter of Agreement E-911 and Dispatch Services 2016-2017 FY-Lewis County and Gilmer County. The agreement has not changed. Gilmer County pays $35,000/year to Lewis County for the service.
Poll workers for Republicans, Democrats, County Commission and Alternate for the May election were approved.
Commissioner Chapman asked whether they needed to approve the ballots before printing. He was told that the poll workers and County Clerk Butcher had approved them which puzzled Commissioners Chapman and Bennett. Commissioner Bennett asked about poll workers for early voting. He was told the poll workers were the same ones as before.
Early voting starts on April 27, 2016 including Saturdays through the Saturday before May 11, 2016 Primary.
The Request from Rosedale Senior Citizen Center Inc. for financial assistance will be placed with budget requests for next fiscal year.
The Board of Review and Equalization was closed. There were not any showings in this years sessions. County Assessor Gary Wolfe said, all the issues were mostly related to oil and gas interest in which people could not understand. Issues were all resolved and no one had to come before the commission.
After seeing a handicap person wanting to go to Circuit Court, Commissioner Chapman commented on the accessibility problem at the courthouse. He asked whether the county had heard from the Supreme Court regarding solution to this issue. The answer was “NO”.
Question was asked about the warranty on the boiler pump which was installed and the invoice was up for payment for the amount of $2100. Assessor Wolfe checked with the installer and was told the warranty was for one(1) year from the installation date. The installer also took back the old one to see whether it could be repaired for backup.
Commission signed the proclamation for “March Is The Red Cross Month”.
• Approved Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements
• Approved Jess McVaney for Board of Directors of the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation
• Approved seven budget revisions presented by Angel Ball
• Approved County Commission Minutes for January 08, 2016; January 22, 2016; and February 05, 2016 meetings.
• Acknowledged receiving the Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Yearly Totals.
• Paid invoices and bills totaling $26,933.86
• Planned to meet with all elected officials concerning the budget for upcoming fiscal year.
• Darrell Ramsey, Director at the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center explained the improvements being made at the Center. The Pit is being rebuilt behind Lions Club. Center is being used by various group through May. (Video)