(05/09/2001)
The Calhoun Commission has asked County Clerk Richard Kirby to manage the Summer Youth Program, which will provide work opportunities for about 50 kids. The program, which is now under the Workforce Investment Act system, is expected to be expanded to a year-round program.

Michael Sams of the Division of Labor reminded the Commission they must advertise and follow the prevailing wage scales set by the West Virginia Division of Labor on any projects funded with government money.

The prevailing wage for common labor is $18.69 an hour with $6.98 for benefits. This has caused problems with small grant projects being completed in the county. The prevailing wage scale for electrical work is $26.04 plus $7.58 for benefits and $22.76 for carpenters, plus $6.96 for benefits.

County Clerk Richard Kirby says it is difficult to get bidders using the state's prevailing wage scale. Projects like the Upper West Fork Community Building and the Upper West Fork Fire Department have trouble being completed and the small grants of $10,000 to $20,000 can go unspent.

Bill Shock, representing the Calhoun County Health Department board, advised the Commission of financial problems experienced by the local department. The Commission has been unable to fund the health department for several years.

Shock says Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center has raised the rent to about $500, and the health department may have to leave the county, possibly moving to Spencer. Minnie Hamilton Health Care is still carrying a debt load on the building and contends the rent is appropriate for the area. Mary McDonald has resigned from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

The Commission voted to give $400 to the county 4-H program to assist kids who might have financial difficulty attending the camp.

The Commission passed a resolution for the Calhoun County Solid Waste Authority for "Solid Waste Month," in addition to supporting the development of a county-wide recycling program. The authority is expected to apply for a $200,000 grant to implement the recycling program. Sue Covell, who also manages Restoration Station, has stated the program will help maintain the quality of life in the county, beyond the need to recycle. VFW Post 5959 was given permission to plant a tree on the courthouse lawn in memory of Calhoun's veterans.

The Commission also paid bills, reviewed the budget control report ending April 30, made budget revisions and approved bonds, wills, settlements and orders.

Attending Monday evening's meeting, Commissioners Barr, McCallister and Weaver.


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