At least five families from sixteen applications have been approved for buy-out through the federal Disaster Recovery Initiative Grant, according to Tim Meeks, an administrator with the Mid-Ohio Regional Council.

The Calhoun Commission approved a resolution yesterday, approving the buy-out program for properties located on a flood plain.

Two of the properties are located in Grantsville, two at Chloe and one at Orma, with a total value of $225,000.

About $350,000 is reportedly being designated for Calhoun, according to Meeks, which includes several additional costs beyond the property purchase.

West Virginia has received $3.1 million for the flood plain buy-out program.

Meeks said the program is "strictly voluntary, not eminent domain."

The commission also approved a $17,000 grant for courthouse security, which will essentially light the area around the building.

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