(10/21/2009)
A decision time regarding the status of the Mt. Zion PSD's $5.2 million water extension project is unclear, according to Tim Meeks with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council.

That decision is under review by federal officials.

The PSD board, most recently, voted to award the pipe contract to Ron Lane Construction, denying the recommendation of project engineer Jim Hildreth.

Commissioners continued an on-going discussion regarding what has been described as "hard times coming" for the county budget.

The commission is preparing a motion that will require accurate accounting of all taxpayer money passed from the commission to county agencies, fire departments and groups. The accounting is required under state code, and calls for audits.

E-911/OES Director Kathy Wood has received a grant for about $20,000 to obtain equipment, cots, bedding and supplies for emergency shelters for Calhoun County. The commission will be processing the grant.

Wood and the E-911 Advisory Board are working on site acquisition and erection of a new radio communications tower in northern Calhoun to eliminate a number of areas that suffer from poor communication.

The commission revised the budget related to unencumbered funds and approved revised budget requests by the sheriff.

Commissioners took time from the meeting to acknowledge the long-time volunteerism of Leonard Powell to the community, and sent him a get-well card, the Grantsville man is currently struggling with cancer.

Work will be starting soon on a significant improvement outside the courthouse, with the installation of a number of pole and building lights to brightly illuminate the area. The commission received a security grant for the project.

The commission's executive secretary Danielle Stevens, reported on other county projects, including an effort to obtain funding from the Safe Routes to School project.

The focus of the grant is to develop bike routes for school kids, but in a rural county like Calhoun, the local effort is being directed toward obtaining bikes for Calhoun Middle School kids.

Stevens is working on a commission grant to obtain a new cruiser for the Calhoun Sheriff's Department, and chairlifts to help access inside the courthouse.

There are grants for asphalt paving at Calhoun County Park and the Upper West Fork Park, which would assist in access to buildings at those sites.

Stevens reported some "loose ends" need to be completed with the dissolution of an un-audited account known as the Tower Fund, where funds are being returned to agencies that contributed to it.

The commission approved $125 donations to the Town of Grantsville and Arnoldsburg for Halloween activities.

Mike Ritchie was re-appointed to the Little Kanawha Transit Authority.

Curtis Garretson was appointed to the Little Kanawha Parkway Board.

Daniel Smith resigned from the Calhoun Park Board and Connie Sullivan was appointed to replace him.

Fiduciary Richard Frum was appointed for the Wilt and Goodnight estates.

Loren Howley presented a book to the county regarding mountaintop removal, which commissioners donated to the library.

Diane Ludwig of the LK Development Corp. gave a report on a project she provided at Bridge Day 2010.

Carl Shaw, a long-time proponent and expert of tax reform, gave a presentation of the Henry George tax system.

E-911/OES Director Kathy Wood presented a list of individuals who are willing to serve on a required Local Emergency Services Council. Approved, Jacob McCumbers, Kathy Wood, Lisa Purvis, Jerry Riggs, Barbara Allen and Linda McCartney.


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