The Calhoun Commission has made a final payment in a court-ordered settlement of a what was declared wrongful prosecution of former Calhoun deputy sheriff Ron Bandy.

Payment of about $42,000 has been made to Bandy's attorney John Teare after the county' liability insurance company declined to cover the case.


Commissioner Scottie Westfall said the commission is looking at options to recover the amount from the insurance carrier, since county taxpayers had to foot the bill.

The commission allocated $1,000 to the Calhoun Wood Festival for upkeep on Wayne Underwood Field and $1,000 to Calhoun County Park for upkeep on that facility.

Diane Ludwig of the LKADC and Mike Ritchie County clerk advised that bids will be advertised for repairs to the roof of the county courthouse, amounting to about $75,000 obtained from the state's Courthouse Facilities Improvement Program.

The commission is looking at a problem that surfaced during the recent power outage, the Calhoun magistrates offices had not been included in an earlier installation of generator produced electric, which did not provide power to those offices.

The installation of air conditioning in the county courtroom is still in process.

- Paul Miller of the WV Center of Budget Policy spoke to the commission regarding a proposal that would stabilize income for the state and counties from extractables, focused on the future.

- The commission renewed the WVCORP insurance package for the county and a Brickstreet policy that covers employee benefits.

- The commission approved partial payment of $5,000 to the assessor's office regarding contract services overlooked during the budget process.

- Diane Ludwig says she is expecting to announce some 'good news' regarding additional development at the Industrial Park.

- The county is looking for a person to serve on the county's Building Commission. Interested parties should contact clerk Mike Ritchie.

- Dale Cunningham and Perry Dye renewed as board members for the Pleasant Hill PSD.

The commissions next regular meeting is on August 8 at 9 a.m.

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