Minnie Hamilton Health System will be having an open house at their new Emergency Medical Services ambulance station at Arnoldsburg on July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Brett Wellman, EMS Director.

Wellman issued a report to the Calhoun Commission regarding MHHS becoming the counties ambulance provider.

"Despite having to assume the service earlier than expected, the transition has gone well," he said, providing statistics that the average arrival time to all calls was about 20 minutes.

"MMHS is in the process of purchasing two new ambulances, with delivery in about two months," Wellman said, saying that three new paramedics have also been added to the service.

The Calhoun Commission passed a resolution opposing the transfer of ownership of the Harrison power plant from Mon Power to First Energy would mean an increase of 6% to consumer bills and lock-in the fuel costs for the plants operations for 27 years, costs that would be passed on to the consumer. Consumer advocate Bill Howley presented the resolution, which has been passed by other county commissions.

The commission, in a final meeting before the start of the fiscal year on July 1, reviewed fiances with County Clerk Jean Simers.

The county commission said that work is progressing on a long over-due roof replacement for the courthouse, with work expected to begin soon on a wheelchair lift, the first phase of a project that will extend to the courthouse's upper floors.

The Courthouse Facilities Working Group going to WV courthouses regarding upgrades, gave an initial report regarding their inspection of the Calhoun courthouse. They will be issuing a report regarding improvements.

Businessman Dick Ullum filed a complaint with the commission regarding his and other companies having problems with obtaining approval for sewage and septic services from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department because a sanitarian was assigned to the county one day a week.

The commission is processing a request from the Mt. Zion Public Service District leasing the former Calhoun EMS building for their operations.

The commission has appointed Chloe resident Rebecca Swisher as the county coroner, related to changes made by the WV Medical Examiners office.

Calhoun OES/911 Director Kathy Wood issued a report on the recent implementation of the Code Red emergency warning system for the county. Wood is requesting the hiring of three part-time 911 dispatchers, the commission appointing the first hire, Sue Courtney.

Wood said radio frequency problems with the transition to the state's new radio system, have been temporarily fixed by unplugging from UHF frequencies at one of the county's towers.

The commission approved $1,000 grants for the WV Beekeepers Association from the USDA and a $1,000 Community Participation Grant for the Upper West Fork Fire Department.

The commission has received an $18,000 grant from the state to purchase a new cruiser for the sheriffs department.

Jim Sullivan issued a report on the success of the 51st WV Wood festival, expressing appreciation to volunteers and community participants.

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