Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 01.20.17

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January 20, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV





              09:15-Rick Sypolt-Unsafe Buildings and Lands Commission

              10:00 - Bill Rowan- Give an update and Discuss A & S Towing


      Discussion and/or action on:

              1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

              2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

              3) Board Appointments and/or Resignations: 

                    a)  Board Seats open on the:

                          i. Resignation from Shelly DeMarino from Region VII Planning and Development Council

              4)  Budget Revisions

              5)  Budget Control Report – None

              6)  Approve Invoices for Payment

              7)  Approve County Commission Minutes

              8)  Receipt of County Board Minutes:

                    a) Lewis-Gilmer E911 Yearly Totals for dispatched calls

                    b) Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Communications Center-Dispatched Data for the year 2016



      Discussion and/or action on:

              a) Need to set February 1-28, 2017 for Board of Review and Equalization

              b) Checklist for West Virginia Association of Counties Group Self Insurance Risk Pool


              a) FYI- 2017 Budget Preparation and Recommended Policies and Procedures Regional Workshop

              b) FYI-Boiler will not be covered under the insurance it is considered normal wear and tear



  February 03, 2017

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before March 20, 2017  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.


Betty Jean Stalnaker William K. Stalnaker
Susan C. Stalnaker-Ware
5481 US Hwy 33E, Glenville, WV 26351
89 Stalnaker Estates, Glenville, WV 26351
Martha L. Harold Anita Harold Ashley PO Box 823
Spencer, WV 25276
Donna M. Wyatt Deana L. Barton 615 James Street
Glenville WV 26351

Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : January 19, 2017

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire came to Glenville on Tuesday, January 17th and indoctrinated the petit/magistrate jurors for the November term.

Judge Alsop had cancelled the November date for indoctrination due to their being no heat in the Court House at that time.

•  A civil trial was scheduled before Judge Facemire but the parties had reached a settlement so the jurors were excused after being indoctrinated.

•  Judge Facemire also heard 3 fugitive from justice cases with all 3 defendants being represented by Brian Bailey of Buckhannon.

1) Reymond Rivera-Morales waived to return to Pennsylvania.

2) Terry Joe Higdon waived to return to Georgia and

3) Andrew Parker waived to return to Ohio.

Authorities in those states have until 4 PM Thursday, January 26, 2017 to pick up the inmates or Central Regional Jail will release them.

Judge Facemire will return to Glenville on Monday, Jnauary 23rd for his regular monthly motion day.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Wednesday, January 11, 2017 new Family Court Judge Steve Jones heard matters in Gilmer County Family Court.

•  He heard 8 matters with 3 cases having temporary orders entered.

•  One divorce was granted wherein Lorrie McCord (38) of Glenville, WV divorced Jackie McCord (51) of Burnsville, WV.

•  The remainder of the cases will have orders prepared by the child advocate bureau and are not available at this time.

GSC Education Department Well Represented at WVRA

The 61st Annual West Virginia Reading Association Conference was held on November 18, 2016 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The GSC Education Department had eight student representatives that participated and presented at the conference.

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(L-R) Jared Fitzwater, Justin Rader, Michaela Gumm, Holly Wilson, and Chelsea Hicks

Justin Rader, Jared Fitzwater, Chelsea Hicks, Michaela Gumm, and Holly Wilson all members of GSC’s Early Education Student Group (EESG). presented a workshop on ‘Utilizing Free and Inexpensive Materials to Enhance Reading Language Arts in the Early Education Classroom.’ Their presentation focused on developing activities for preschool and kindergarten classrooms that were created from free and very affordable materials. The activities that were presented by the group were also developmentally appropriate and hands-on for beginning readers.

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(L-R) Jonathan Reid, Kelsey Jett, Kimberly Smith, and Dr. Shara Curry

Three other students, Kelsey Jett, Jonathan Reid, and Kimberly Smith from Dr. Shara Curry’s Teaching Reading in Content Areas course presented a workshop entitled ‘All Teachers Are Teachers of Reading—How Do We Blur the Boundaries for All Content Areas?’ The group focused on how teachers in every content must find a way to make reluctant readers involved, and how middle and high school teachers must use student success and experiences to help them make connections and activate prior knowledge.

“The group truly enjoyed the opportunity to attend the reading conference and to network with other professionals in the education field, both in their workshops and at the conference in general. The entire education department commends these students for their dedication and commitment to education and were happy they were able to be a part of this experience,” said GSC Director of Teacher Education Field Placement Connie Stout O’Dell.

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Glenville State College attendees of the WVRA pause for a photo inside the Greenbrier

Fellow conference goers, classroom teachers, reading specialists, and administrators that attended the workshop presentations gave high praise to the GSC students for their teaching points and strategies that were used.

The West Virginia Reading Association is an affiliate of the International Literacy Association.

For more information about GSC student’s presentations at the WVRA Conference contact the GSC Teacher Education Department at 304.462.4119.

Deputy Phil Child Safety Program - Gilmer County

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Creative Safety Products is proud to present their 2016-2017 Deputy Phil Program to Gilmer County Elementary School, on Thursday, January 19th. The Deputy Phil Program’s topics this year are Respect, Bullying, and Stranger Awareness. With 41 years of experience and over one million students taught, we have learned that along with a little fun, like incorporating magic tricks and jokes into the educational lessons, comes a lot of learning! The students will enjoy a 30-minute safety assembly and get to meet Deputies from the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Deputy Phil’s pal Lucky the Duck, who will join the performer to help teach the students some of the lessons.

Creative Safety Products is proud to present their 2016-2017 Deputy Phil Program to the Gilmer County Elementary Schools. The Deputy Phil Program’s topics this year are Respect, Bullying, and Stranger Awareness. With 41 years of expGilmernce and over one million students taught, we have learned that along with a little fun, like incorporating magic tricks and jokes into the educational lessons, comes a lot of learning!

The students will enjoy a 30-minute safety assembly and get to meet Deputies from the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Deputy Phil’s pal Lucky the Duck, who will join the performer to help teach the students some of the lessons.

One of the primary objectives of the Deputy Phil Program is to help the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office establish a positive relationship with the youth in the County. It is very important for the children to know that the Deputies are friendly, approachable, and always available to help the children and their families, when in need. The program will begin with an introduction of the Gilmer County Sheriff or Deputies in attendance.

The first lesson of our program is Respect. Deputy Phil wants all the children in his “Safety Squad” to see his “bucket of respect”.  The bucket gets filled every day by showing respect to others and following safety rules.  The children will come up with ways that they are going to show respect for others. The bucket starts out empty, but when the children start “tossing” ideas into the bucket, bright foam stars magically appear in the bucket. The take away from this magic lesson is that if you want others to respect you than you need to show respect also.  The children are reminded to respect yourself, others, and the school rules, which in turn will help to fill your bucket of respect every day. 

The next lesson is Bullying. The performer will use three colored balls to talk about the different aspects of bullying. The Green ball will represent what does and does not constitute bullying.  The Yellow ball will represent caution.  The children are reminded to be careful when they are on the internet. Cyber Bullying can happen to anyone that is on the internet if they are not cautious. The Red ball reminds them of the word stop.  If someone is bullying them, they should ask the bully to stop, and tell an adult. The takeaway here is that we can stop bullying by being a buddy, being cautious and working together.

The final lesson is Stranger Awareness. The performer will use our Magic Drawing Board, which is a favorite of the children.  The face on the whiteboard comes to life with the help of our performer. When a child finds themselves in an unsafe situation, they are often asked to describe the person that caused the concern.  Through the use of the drawing board, our performer will ask for a description of a made-up stranger.  The children giggle when the “stranger” moves his eyes and talks to them.  This is a great illustration to get the message across to the children that the details are important in identifying a stranger. We once had children escape a potential abduction situation, and because of our show and our lesson on Stranger Awareness, they were able to describe to police in full detail, exactly what the suspect looked like. 

At the end of the assembly, the children will all receive a hands-on activity book to work on at home with their family, to reinforce the lessons taught at the program.  There are also online resources that will give teachers and parents some tools to review the safety messages. 

Creative Safety Products and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the participating businesses in the community who made the program possible.


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Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 01.17.17 - Tonight

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Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Tuesday, January 17, 2016 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President




        A. Minutes: December 19, 2016, January 5, 2017

        B. Student Transfers

        C. Field Trips

        D. Volunteers

        E. Treasurer’s Report


        A. CGCC – December 20,2016 and January 06, 2017 - Dr. Carl Armour

        B. RESA 7 – December, 2016 - Norma Hurley



        A. Parchment Services

        B. Discussion/Action-Board Member Vacancies per WV Code 18-5-2


        A. Gifted Student Presentation/Ms. Cherri West

        B. Field Trips

        C. Reports

The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, February 20, 2017.


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1980’s ~ WV had 500,000 students
1980’s ~ WVBOE had 130 employees

Today ~ WV has 250,000 students
Today ~ WVBOE has 1,300 employees

Wonder why your taxes are so high?
Wonder why there is a 400 million problem in WV?

Answer: Incompetent Legislators who spend more than our income.

By according to Gov. Justice  on  01.17.2017

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CommunityConcernstrade;: Slide at Gilmer County Elementary School

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The GCES site is on perched fill. The site was not prepared properly and there is a high probability that sliding will occur around the entire perimeter.

Parties responsible for the debacle should be named and Gilmer County should not have to pay for the result of more incompetency.

By More Incompetency  on  01.14.2017

Besides the GCES being build in a zone highly vulnerable to a devastating flood of Richwood’s type, the fill materiel will soak up water to make it liquefy to cause more sliding.

Look what happened with sliding at the LES. 

Proves what happens when adequate site studies and engineering practices are not applied to give in to political expediency.

By More Incompetency and Mismangement  on  01.14.2017

Look at the type of lumber used to construct a cheapbass guardrail!  That will need replaced in 5 years if it doesn’t wash away or slip away first.  Like the classroom doors in the new school that are falling off their hinges already.

Makes a lie out of the old saying… get what you pay for.  Not in this Gilmer County school deal!

By crummy construction  on  01.14.2017

The first priority for the school board should be to get finances under control.

Do you have enough money to continue operating the school system as is, are there no-bid awards for goods and services to be looked at for elimination, are there ways to be more efficient in using money to allocate greater amounts to educating children, is there waste and unnecessary expenses to eliminate, does tightening up need to be done in the central office to cut down on expenses, are salaries in the central office in line with work loads and responsibilities in the smallest school system in West Virginia with the lowest numbers of pre-K through 12 students and only two schools?

All of the above and more need to be looked at in minute detail including ways to allocate money better to aid teachers to do their difficult jobs.

Citizens are counting on the school board to get an accurate handle on finances quickly as possible after more than five years of information being kept secret by the State.

By G. A. Miller  on  01.15.2017

Don’t believe there is any magic wand can be waved to fix six years of intervention.  Devono will not play nice and give a board that worked to get rid of his money anything without a fight.  When did he ever follow the orders of his state boss?  When did he ever listen to his state mentor?
When the man is gone things will start improving.

By And Not Before  on  01.16.2017

A school board should always keep good records of instructions given to a superintendent.

If instructions are ignored that would be insubordination subject to voiding of a contract or other disciplinary actions.

If you don’t keep a good written record you will fall victim to he/she said circumstances and nothing can be done.

The advice applies to Counties newly out of intervention with a State appointed superintendent still under contract.

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Hutchison Named Assistant VP for College Advancement

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David Hutchison has been named Assistant Vice President for College Advancement at Glenville State College. His appointment took effect January 09, 2017.

“I am very excited and humbled to be given this new opportunity at Glenville State College. Glenville is truly a special place with so many good people; it’s a place where my family and I are proud to call home. I look forward to getting back to work and continuing to try to make a difference and make positive contributions to the campus,” said Hutchison.

In his new position, Hutchison will coordinate fundraising, meet with alumni and donors, and handle other advancement activities. An employee of Glenville State since 2008, he brings a wealth of personal and professional contacts to the position.

Hutchison is a graduate of Adrian College in Michigan. He resides in Glenville with his wife Jessie and their two children.

Computer Science Program Celebrating 30 Years at GSC

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These occupations are expected to add new jobs in part due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, expansion of the ‘Internet of Things,’ and the continued demand for mobile computing.

Glenville State College has a well-established Computer Science and Information Systems program that will be celebrating a 30 year anniversary in 2017. For interested students, concentrations are available in architecture & security or in programming, either of which can lead to a challenging and rewarding career.

After graduation students should be prepared to design, maintain, and troubleshoot networks; write, debug, and maintain applications in Java and C++; design, develop, and maintain websites using HTML5, PHP, and MySQL; and design and maintain databases using SQL. Students can quickly put their degree to use in entry level positions as a network engineer, database administrator, web developer, application programmer, or system administrator.

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University students in Puebla, Mexico answer questions from a Glenville State College student about her web design project

Former students in the program cite personal attention from the experienced faculty as their favorite part of being a Pioneer.

“There are a lot of professors out there who teach, but rarely will you find ones who inspire. For me, it happened my first day working with Leslie Ward (GSC’s past website technologist and current computer science professor). I was struggling with going to a class because it felt repetitive. She pointed out that no two teachers are the same, and one might cover a different area on the subject of study. I ended up going and really enjoyed and actually understood the subject a lot more. The instructor went out of his way to try to make subjects more enjoyable and had us do projects that helped us think of out of the box solutions,” said recent graduate Kevin Carson. Before completing his degree, Carson had already started his own web design and tech business, Forever Logic, and has continued it for eight years now.

GSC’s Computer Science program has also taken part in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses to expand global learning opportunities. Students in a GSC web design class worked with students enrolled in a business course at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico. During scheduled video chats throughout the semester, GSC students interacted with the students in Puebla and discussed business practices and etiquette in an international context. The collaboration culminated with a final project in which the web design students learned how to work with an international client to develop a website while the business students honed their English-speaking skills and learned about marketing to other cultures.

The professors in GSC’s Computer Science program are from a variety of professional backgrounds including information systems security, programming, database administration, and networking. The program is reevaluated constantly to match skills learned with expectations from industry professionals.

“I feel really lucky to be able to teach Computer Science courses at Glenville State College. I’ve had the good fortune of working for large organizations including the U.S. Air Force and Hewlett Packard, of being an independent contractor, and of working with small start-ups. It’s a lot of fun to be able to bring some of those experiences into the classroom to augment what we’re reading about in the texts. The small class size allows me to work closely with my students on projects, too, and I feel like I’m able to deliver relevant content more effectively as a result,” said Ward.

Students with a variety of existing skill levels are welcome to enroll in the program. Instructors in the program also administer the introductory computing skills course to all students, regardless of major.

For more information about the Computer Science and Information Systems program at GSC, contact 304.462.4123.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Wednesday, January 04, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire heard a magistrate appeal and upheld the magistrate’s ruling.

•  Samantha Woolard was represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton and must pay both magistrate costs and Circuit Court costs, including the court appointed attorney fees within 45 days of her release from jail.

She was sentenced to 6 months in Central Regional Jail with all but 30 days suspended and being placed on home confinement for the remainder of her sentence.

Judge Jack Alsop spent all day in Gilmer County on Monday, January 09, 2017 hearing cases on a 4 page docket.

•  One adoption was granted.

•  Seven juvenile matters were heard.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Joshua Rigsby

He was before the Court asking for reconsideration of sentence which Judge Alsop denied.

He was represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Adam Couch

He was sentenced to a definite term of 40 years in the penitentiary for his former plea of guilty to second degree murder.

He will be given credit for all time served beginning September 19, 2015.

Couch had co-counsel of Kevin Hughart and Brian Bailey of Buckhannon.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Patty Reynolds

She had motions heard in her case and her trial remains on the docket.

She was represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Steven Crislip

He was before the court for a preliminary hearing on motion to revoke probation.

He will have a further hearing on Friday, February 03, 2017 at 10:45 AM.

Bryan Hinkle was appointed to represent him.

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On December 29, 2016 Family Court Judge Larry Whited was in Gilmer County.

    •  Stephanie Montgomery (62) of Glenville, WV divorced Bryan J. Montgomery (52) of Masontown, WV

GSC Professor to Lead Local Science Series

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Glenville State College Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Gary Morris will be participating in a special four-part reading, viewing, and discussion program for adults. The free series, titled ‘Pushing the Limits,’ will take place at the Burnsville Public Library (BPL). The events will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: January 24, February 21, March 21, and April 25.

The Library is one of a number of rural public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series which centers on the topics of science and technology. Pushing the Limits brings together books and videos featuring authors, scientists, and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world.

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Dr. Gary Morris

The Pushing the Limits program will explore ideas through discussions that will include feature film quality videos and recommended popular books. The overarching theme is one of real people, real stories, and real science. Group discussion events will be held monthly centering on the following books and topics in the following order:

  • When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle (nature)
  • Thunderstruck by Erik Larson (connection)
  • Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler (survival)
  • The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel (knowledge)

Discussion of the content will be led by Morris.

“Mrs. Beth Anderson, Director of the Burnsville Library, reached out to me to inquire if Glenville State College would be interested in participating in this program. I thought it represented a wonderful opportunity for a member of the College to directly engage members of the local community so I accepted the invitation to participate. I have never been a part of a program like this but I think the idea is a very good one: using science-based topics presented in books of fiction as a platform to talk about real science in current events. I look forward to having great discussions with participants who attend each of the scheduled events,” said Morris.

Interested participants should contact the Burnsville Public Library to obtain copies of books for the program. The materials are not required for participation in the program.

This national program was developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University – with generous funding from the National Science Foundation.

The BPL is located across from the Burnsville Elementary School at 235 Kanawha Avenue in Burnsville, West Virginia. For more information, contact the Library at 304.853.2338.


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December 05, 2016
7:00 p.m.


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Wiant, Walters, Huffman and Taylor present.  Councilman Fisher was absent.

Pledge of Allegiance

I. Call to Order

Public Comments



A. Approval of Minutes – November 07, 2016


The minutes from the November 7, 2016 meeting were reviewed.  No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


The city is currently at 43.29% of the fiscal year budget.  Revenue is at 60% and expenditures at 42.33%.  The book keeper requested that we increase the street department fund budget for next year due to current under budgeting.  Council will need to transfer some money to street dept and parks and recreation line items before the end of the fiscal year.  Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial report as presented.  Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Mayor Fitzpatrick requested approval to pay Baker Equipment for the purchase of a motor for the salt spreader at a cost of $1055.12.  Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve payment of $1055.12 to Baker Equipment for the purchase of the salt spreader motor from the Street Fund.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Street Report


Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the street report.  The City is currently in process of trading vehicles with Glenville State College.

Police Report


Chief Huffman provided the police report.  He noted that we received the AAA Traffic Safety Award for 2016 in November and presented the plaque to Mayor Fitzpatrick.  He noted that November 30 was the last day for Officer Ware.  Chief will work on job vacancy announcement to advertise for a certified police officer.

Glenville Utility


Mayor Fitzpatrick stated there were no leaks or problems to report on water and sewer lines for November.



Nothing to report at this time.

Mayor Comments


- Reminder Christmas Parade (December 10th)


The Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th at 6:00 p.m. with the parade route from College Street to Main Street.  The Tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade.


Tree Trimming in the City Park is scheduled for tonight following the council meeting.


- Update Municipal Ordinance Penalty Phase


The City currently has no penalties for unpaid Municipal Service fees.  Would like to amend the 1991 approved ordinance to add “or allowed to place a lien on property”.  Discussion followed.  Mayor will work on the amendment proposal and put on agenda next month.

III. Unfinished Business



IV. New Business



V. Other Business to come before Council



VI. Next City Council Meeting


The next council meeting will be January 02, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

VII. Adjourn


Meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

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