(01/13/2016)
The Calhoun commission approved a contract to extend a handicapped chair lift system to the upper court room floor from the basement. The contract was given to D-C Elevator of Charleston for $38,900, prepared by Diane Ludwig of the LK Area Development Council.

Monday the commission elected Bob Weaver as President for the 2015 year.

Issued $220 for scholarships for two individuals to attend 4-H camp.

Approved a request from Sheriff Carl Ballengee to make deputy Jeff Starcher a Chief Deputy.

Issued a donation at the request of Sheriff Carl Ballengee, of $1,500 to the Brooke County Animal Shelter for the care of ten dogs taken from the property of a Calhoun woman who could not provide care. The money was issued from the County Dog Fund.

Sheriff Ballengee indicated the dogs were suffering highly contagious sarcoptic mange.

Commissioner Chip Westfall said the commission will be meeting with Columbia Pipeline on January 19 at 11 a.m. to negotiate with Columbia Pipeline regarding the location of a compressor station in Calhoun in a remote area near the Ritchie County line.

The compressor station, estimated to cost about $100 million, is part of an expansive pipeline project that crosses several counties called Mountaineer Xpress.

Westfall gave a brief report regarding a proposal to erect a permanent telescope at Calhoun Park, the project involving the county leasing space for the project, which would be remote controlled by out-of-state astronomers utilizing the dark skies park.

Mark Kerns, MHHS EMS Director, issued a report on the December activity of the ambulance service, indicating the service provided 70 calls.

The commission issued a contract to Straight Cut for snow removal from the courthouse property.


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