(03/05/2002)
The Calhoun Commission will make a decision at a special meeting on March 19 about raising the amount poll workers are paid in the county. County Clerk Richard Kirby said it has become increasingly difficult to obtain workers for elections, even though the number has declined with the addition of a vote counting machine.

The Commission may raise the pay $20, from $80 to $100, to increase interest in helping with the elections.

The Commission will have two more meetings in March regarding the county budget, March 12 and March 19.

The Commission heard two requests for road name changes for 911 addressing in the county. They approved the names, Turtle Run, which is a small road off Sycamore, and Robert's Lane on Sand Ridge.

The Commission met briefly with Diane Ludwig, the new executive director of the Little Kanawha Area Economic Development Authority, who will be working on bringing jobs to the two county area, Wirt and Calhoun. They also heard a proposal by a private investment planner for county employees.

Clerk Richard Kirby said he may need extra help if county residents choose to vote absentee ballots at his office. Any voter can now vote using absentee ballots.

The Commission acknowledged the receipt of a check for $11,813.03 from the Supreme Court of Appeals to be placed in the counties magistrate court fund. The money is a re-distribution of funds to help small counties. The magistrate system requires counties to pay for their audits, which can amount to $9000 a year.

An allocation of parking spaces at the courthouse for employees will be updated and approved at the next meeting.

The Commission approved the minutes for five meetings held in February.

They also approved bills, bonds, wills, settlements and orders, in addition to reviewing the Budget Control Report.


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