(04/17/2010)
The Calhoun Commission accepted the resignation of Prosecuting Attorney Shelly DeMarino during a meeting this week, and will be conducting interviews of three applicants on April 20.

DeMarino, in a letter to the commission, said "I do not feel I can effectively prosecute the criminal cases due to an irreparable breakdown in the relationship between my office and the West Virginia State Police."

State Police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Baylous said the agency will investigate the matter, and are "going to take appropriate action and follow up and see if there's anything that can be done to improve relationships, and whether there's a problem or a perceived problem."

COMMISSION ACTION

- Tom Whittier, attorney for the Mt. Zion PSD appeared requesting the commission drop its' investigation of the PSD, denied.

- The commission approved a grant application for the Mt. Zion PSD for $55,000 of needed equipment.

- Flood Plain Coordinator Gary Buchanan is asking the commission to make some revisions to the county's flood plain regulations.

- Buchanan, filling in for Kathy Wood, said LEPC has applied for a grant for six emergency radios for county responders and for six generators to provide electric for patients during power outages.

- The commission appointed Hazel Lane to the Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Board, and referred a lawsuit by former deputy Ron Bandy against the county for over $31,000 in legal fees to that board. The commission rejected the payment last year.

- Declined a request by the Magistrate's Court for phone system updates, based on maintaining budget controls.

- Commissioner Chip Westfall advised that CRI is selling all their real estate holdings. Jean Simers will soon be a new member of the CRI board.

- Family Resource Network Jean Simers gave a report on activities of the agency that benefits county citizens.

- Executive Secretary Danielle Stevens gave an update of County Clerk activities leading to the May 11 election.

- Tim Meeks of the MOVRC advised the commission that a conference to move the $5.2 million water extension project ahead is set for April 22 at Arnoldsburg.

- The commission approved a name change of a Washington District road, Whispering Hill Road to Little Walnut Hill Road.

- Passed a resolution for Fair Housing Month.

- Tim Meeks reported on a meeting with stakeholders whose property is being purchased though a flood mitigation program.

The commission will meet on April 20th to lay the county levy. The next regular commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. on May 3.


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