(04/13/2016)
The Calhoun Commission is reporting that the Mountaineer Xpress pipeline and proposed compressor station is still on track after the purchase of Columbia Pipeline by Transcanada.

Commissioner Chip Westfall said, "A spokesman for the company reported that the pipeline and compressor stations are still going tobe built even though Columbia has been bought out by Transcanada."

"The pilot project that the commission is considering is being delayed while some legal issues are being worked out. They did emphasize that the compressor was going to be built in Calhoun," said Westfall.

The $94 compressor station is planned for a remote area in northern Calhoun near the Ritchie line, and could improve the county's tax base.

Commissioner Kevin Helmick said he was clarifying the commission's efforts to keep up PEIA insurance for county employees, although a final fiscal decision has not been made by PEIA and state legislators.

"Essentially instead of paying 4% to PEIA, we ended up paying 4% of the counties part of the cost," Helmick said, while many WV counties are facing significant problems providing the health care benefits.

Monday, the commission renewed the agreement with Shentel Cable for continued service and renewed the contract with the WV Counties Risk Pool for liability insurance.

Clerk Jean Simers said, following a complaint about asbestos in the courthouse, an environmental company the county hired reported that the courthouse had zero asbestos. The issue surfaced while a security company was drilling in the courthouse walls.

Carrie Brainard, public information specialist with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, gave a report on the agencies operation, also saying the local health department office in Grantsville is now open five days a week.

The commission issued $500 for repair of playground equipment at the Calhoun Park, and advised that funding will be forthcoming for mowing the park.

Daisy Bailey, WVU Extension Agent, gave a report regarding the agencies activities.

Calhoun 911/0ES Director Kathy Wood presented credentials for two Calhoun towing services to be certified for 911 towing rotation, following a request issued to them under WV Code.

Approved for service, related to those businesses having licenses and certifying credentials, was Westfall's towing and U & S towing.

The commission certified the two businesses for rotation calls.

The commissioners reviewed audits provide by the Little Transit Authority and the Calhoun County Library.

Calhoun 911 issued a report of 911 activity for March:

WV State Police - 99 calls
Calhoun Sheriffs Department - 23 calls
Grantsville Police Department - 23 calls
Calhoun DNR - 13 calls
Grantsville VFD - 4 calls
Upper West Fork VFD - 2 calls
Arnoldsburg VFD - 3 calls
Minnie Hamilton EMS -89 calls


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