(03/17/2012)
The Calhoun Commission continued a series of meetings Wednesday preparing the 2012-13 budget, indicating the process continues to be a challenge.

The commissioners are preparing to make sure that health insurance benefits are fair and equalized for county employees and officials.

Commission president Kevin Helmick, who is on the Calhoun Emergency Ambulance Service Board, expressed concern that the agency could be facing a problem of not meeting payroll, with a limited amount of money in their checking account.

Helmick indicated a recent problem surfaced over an administrative error that delays the collection of about $100,000 in Medicaid money due Calhoun EMS, possibly up to three months.

"This could become a real problem for continuing operations," Helmick said.

Anita West appeared before the commission with a complaint regarding over-billing for water by the Mt. Zion PSD. Commissioners have heard from a number of the PSD customers regarding billing issues.

West was advised to file a written complaint with the West Virginia Public Service Commission, being that the county commission does not have supervisory oversight over PSDs.

The commission did express concern that the PSD has continued a practice of not submitting a monthly financial statement to the commission, required by WV Code, the object of earlier problems regarding PSD operation before it was reorganized.

The Mt. Zion PSD is reportedly opening up new sign-ups for water service along the 21-mile project.

- Continued work on courthouse improvement grant, related to roof problems

- Continued work on wheelchair lift grant, renewed grant application for an elevator

- Commission put on hold money requests for foster grandparent program, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Dept. assistance request, among others.

- Set April 9 as a public test for voting machines at 11 a.m.


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