(06/16/2005)
The Calhoun Commission is exploring options regarding the county's liability insurance policy, seeking a lesser amount, approving the County Clerk to review the options.

Liability insurance for the county has nearly doubled in recent years, and Commission President Larry McCallister said it is important for the county to "find the best deal."

The commission approved a bid for construction and paving of a walking trail at Wayne Underwood Field for $27,710, which will be added to other improvements underway including water, sewage, electrical and the construction of a picnic shelter.

Commissioner Rick Sampson said parts of the improvement projects have already been completed.

The commission discussed a personnel issue during an executive session.

Dottie Slider was approved to the Library Board, following the resignation of Dora Starcher.

Paul Funk's resignation from the Wayne Underwood Committee was approved.

Grants and grant applications were reviewed: Sisters of St. Joseph Charities, resolutions for Budget Digest, RC and D grant for shelter, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grant $2,500, and problems the county is having recovering money from HUD for a final draw-down on the Stump Hotel project.

The commission opened bids for a new heating and cooling system in the old jail building, accepted City Mechanicals bid for $25,629. The improvement is funded with a grant.

A private road name was approved for Terry and Sandy Fowler - Windy Hill Lane on Annamoriah Creek.

There was a review of preparations for the special election on June 25, giving the State of West Virginia permission to consolidate debt related to pension plans.

County Clerk Richard Kirby said the election is "pretty well set" for the county.


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