Commissioner David Barr attended his final meeting last night, and newly elected Commissioner Rick Sampson was there "getting his feet wet." Barr gave Sampson copies of the latest budget and other current documents and welcomed him to the Commission. Sampson will take office on January 1.

Barr told The Herald "I'm grateful to have been a member of the Commission when we managed to pay-off the regional jail bill, have a good audit and keep the county in the black. It has been an honor for me to try and help Calhoun County, working with my fellow commissioners."

The Calhoun Commission continued to develop the new Wayne Underwood Recreational Board, which will have oversight over the facility which was given to the county by the Board of Education. The Commission tentatively approved six members to the volunteer board, including Bill Howley, Jason Nettles, Paul Funk, Kelley Houchin, Donald Wilson and Tim Moore (Arnoldsburg).

Additional members may be added, and policies will be developed regarding the use of the six acre facility. The Calhoun County Board of Education approved the Commission's request to offer for rent the old bus garage, with the revenue to be used to operate the facility.

The assets of Calhoun's former Economic Development Authority were shifted to the Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation, the two-county partnership between Wirt and Calhoun. The transfer included $4,395.03 in un-used cash and a few pieces of equipment.

A $30,000 grant has been issued to replace a sewage line to Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

The Commission will be preparing a list of Budget Digest requests for 2003, which will be presented at the next meeting on January 6.

There were no new developments on the completion of 911 addressing and mapping.

The Commission will present a new Court Security Grant on March 27, 2003.

The courthouse Christmas Dinner will be held at 11:30 a.m. on December 20th.

The Commission processed erroneous tax assessments, bonds, bills, wills, settlements and orders.

Attending commissioners McCallister, Barr and Weaver.

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