The Calhoun Commission unanimously passed a resolution Monday night in defense of rural counties. The statement reflected the importance of maintaining the character, integrity and quality of life in West Virginia's backwoods counties. The Commissioners went on record opposing consolidation and that such efforts would not be cost effective.

The Resolution:

Whereas, the Commissioners of the County of Calhoun, beseech the Honorable Governor Bob Wise and all Members of the West Virginia Legislature, to consider the financial distress being experienced by several of West Virginia's rural counties.

Whereas, much of this distress is associated with mandates issued by State Government, which is leading to the collapse of small populated counties.

Whereas, the dissolution of rural counties will remove an essential quality of life that is desirous of those who choose to live therein, and many who might want to locate there in the future.

Whereas, numerous suggestions and solutions being proposed by these counties be seriously considered, many of which require minimal financial investment.

Whereas, such counties can survive.

The Commission has scheduled a special meeting for June 14th to initiate a $250,000 Small Cities Block Grant to assist a manufacturer to locate in Calhoun and provide jobs.

A letter was sent to Gov. Bob Wise's office requesting a grant to re-roof the B. F. Goodrich building, in relation to a prospective small manufacturing company locating there.

The next regular meeting has been scheduled for July 9th at 5 p.m.

Alicia Davisson was appointed to the Mid-Ohio Valley Department of Health Board.

Grace Richards was re-appointed to the Calhoun County Library Board.

A report was given regarding the addressing of E-911 in the county.

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