(11/05/2003)
Calhoun EMS Director Josh Johnson told county commissioners Monday evening the ambulance service is still trying to operate under the same financials established by a levy about ten years ago. "Basically, it is getting more difficult each year with increased costs," he said.

The levy comes up for renewal by Calhoun voters on March 6, 2004.

Johnson said he is looking at asking for a small "cost of operation" increase for Calhoun EMS. He will be discussing the proposal with the county's fire departments and return with a recommendation at the December commission meeting.

- Reviewed budget problems being experienced by Calhoun 911, linked to decreasing funding and large pay outs for equipment damage.

- Report on proposed 911 Center, proposal being completed by 911 advisory board to be presented to Commission in December.

- Approved request by Prosecutor Matt Minney for obtaining an assistant prosecutor from the Prosecutor's Institute, at no cost to county.

- Approved salary adjustments requested by the Calhoun Sheriff within his budget.

- Purchased a copy machine for the Sheriff's Department replacing inoperable copier.

- Discussion of E-911 addressing in Calhoun.

- Commissioner Weaver will attend workshop for courthouse improvement grants on November 20 in Flatwoods.

- Commission will review and complete request for audit information for tobacco grants.

- Approved a final draw-down for the Grantsville VFD.

- Reviewed grant writing and projects to improve Wayne Underwood Field.

- Diane Ludwig gave a report for Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation.

- Commission passed a resolution supporting the County Commission Association in efforts to change the Managed Timberlands Bill, which gave tax breaks to large timber corporations, taking money from West Virginia counties.

- The Commission is reviewing the renewal of the Charter Cable franchise, with many local customers complaining about poor service.


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