(04/04/2001)
By Dianne Weaver

The Calhoun Commission tenuously submitted their 2001-2002 budget last week, based on expected revenues. The counties financial status continues in jeopardy with more mandates from the State of West Virginia, regional jail charges, increased health care costs and a stagnate tax base.

The Commission Monday night discussed the status of the newly created Workforce Investment Board on the counties unemployed population and the pending Summer Youth Program.

Discussion was held regarding possible "good news" about new jobs coming to Calhoun.

A review was given on the creation of the Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation, the joint venture between Wirt and Calhoun counties. A resolution was passed making the new corporation the lead economic agency for Calhoun, which is expected to generate additional funding for economic development.

A report was given on the recent Little Kanawha Parkway meeting held in Grantsville. Parkway member Terry Benson has resigned and Grantsville resident Bob Bonar has been appointed to serve.

A change of scope for the use of a $16,000 grant by CRI was approved.

Delayed work on the recreation trail at the Calhoun Park was discussed. A report was given that the contractor was moving equipment to the site and the project was expected to be completed, contingent on weather, within a few weeks.

Ron Gordon, Calhoun Dog Warden, was advised he should receive a series of rabies vaccine shots, since the county is on the edge of the rabies outbreak. The Commission approved to pay for the vaccine in case health insurance declined.

There was discussion on the availability of loans for local businesses through the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Development Council.

A special meeting has been scheduled for April 17th at 5 p.m. to approve levy rates.

The commission reviewed the budget, approved erroneous tax assessments, bonds, bills, wills, settlements and orders.

Commissioners McCallister, Weaver and Barr present.


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