Actions taken this week by the Calhoun Commission.

- The commission reviewed problems they consider public information related to the status of the disposition of the assets of the former Calhoun Emergency Medical Services, their collection of monies and distribution to creditors. (See additional Herald story)

- The commission approved Sheriff Carl Ballengee's request to hire Randy Holcomb as a full-time court security officer, contingent upon a police cruiser not be issued to Holcomb.

- The commission is acting upon a West Virginia Fire Marshal's audit of the courthouse, with a plan to install a fire alarm system in the building with other improvements noted in the audit. Courthouse improvements will likely include compliance to the audit, which says a fire escape needs to be installed.

- Brett Wellman, director of Minnie Hamilton EMS, gave a report of a continuing improvement of response times from the EMS stations. Commissioners acknowledged that in some regional counties, there are lengthy waits for an ambulance.

- Commission approved Sunday Hunting option to be placed on May, 2014 ballot, after a petition was received. (See additional Herald story)

- The commission, who has permitted the Town of Grantsville to use leftover flood mitigation monies, approved bids for the demolition of two buildings on Court Street in the amount of $51,000, with the MOVRC seeking to find full funding for the demolition.

- Representatives from a University of Tennessee research group working for the Appalachian Regional Commission will return to Calhoun on November 8 to discuss moving forward a project for Calhoun County Park related to an astronomy site.

- The commission was advised the WVU Extension service is looking for new quarters.

- The commission issued Halloween $200 grants each for three sites at Grantsville, Chloe and Arnoldsburg.

- A claim was approved for Joseph Helmick for the loss of a cow killed by dogs.

- Sheriff Carl Ballengee advised a new holding cell for court prisoners has been installed.

- Approval of Bob Bailey as a part-time employee of the Calhoun Clerk's office.

- The commission reviewed budgets and county finances.

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