(05/07/2008)
The Calhoun Commission discussed the upcoming Emergency Services Levy which is renewed every five years, and will likely be placed on the General Election ballot in November.

The levy provides some funding for the operation of the Calhoun Emergency Services ambulances, the county's three fire departments and partial funding for a deputy sheriff position.

Steve Ellis, the executive Director of Community Resources Inc., (CRI) from Parkersburg appeared before the commission regarding services that agency provides the county.

Ellis said the agency is turning around its financial problems and is "making positive things happen." When asked about a $500,000 debt, he replied the debt was about $100,000.

Calhoun 911 Director Gary Buchanan said work is moving along on addressing the county for E-911. A revision was approved for The 911 Advisory Board's by-laws

The county's new Office of Emergency Services (OES) Director Kathy Wood reported on progress with the agency, and her initial work to place the county in compliance. Sgt. Jeff Skidmore and Craig Gherke were appointed to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Board.

Deputy Justin Smith has taken on the mantle to head the county's litter control and recycling.

Diane Ludwig, director of the Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation (LKADC) reported a grant was in to improve courthouse security, replacing an older camera and recorder system with a newer version.

The commission was advised members are needed to serve on the Calhoun County EMS, Inc. board, following several resignations. Mike Richie and Carolyn Lane, who have served on the board for a long time, have resigned.

Michele Smith was reappointed to the local Solid Waste Authority.

The commission reviewed a number of grants, including the Courthouse Facilities Grant which is replacing steps to the courthouse, a walking trail grant for Upper West Fork Park, a $5,000 grant for Pleasant Hill Public Service District, the ARC grant for Sand Ridge-Rt. 16 water extension, among others.

At the request of elected officials, adjustments was made to their budgets.


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