COURTHOUSE IMPROVEMENT GRANTS SOUGHT - Emergency Services Election Planned

A $100,000 grant is being sought for courthouse improvements by the Calhoun Commission.

The grant was to replace the original windows with energy efficient widows, but the grant was changed to air condition the building, since air conditioners could not be placed in the new windows. Commission President Larry McCallister said the windows are still a top priority.

Commissioner Weaver reported on a Courthouse Security Grant which would light up all areas around the building.

The Commission voted unanimously to grant $1,000 to the Town of Grantsville for assistance to open the public swimming pool this spring.

Clerk Richard Kirby reported on preparations for the special Emergency Services Levy on March 6 and the Primary Election in May. Commissioners approved the usual method of selecting ballot workers.

The Emergency Services Levy is a renewal to provide funding for ambulance, fire and police services. The levy does not increase taxes.

The Commission reviewed a number of grant proposals being made for improvements to Wayne Underwood Field. Those improvements involve a number of different grants for a walking trail, a boat dock, parking, bleachers, water-sewage improvements, and shelters, among other projects.

The Commission approved two dates in March for work on the county budget.

Clerk Richard Kirby said he is yet to receive a bid on a large exercise system at Wayne Underwood Field, which originally cost about $12,000.

There was a discussion on moving ahead with the lease of Board of Education property at Mt. Zion and the construction of a new 911 building.

Bids have been advertised for materials and labor on that project.

President Larry McCallister said there seemed to be some confusion regarding the building also housing the ambulance service. "It will only house the 911 Center - Calhoun Control," he said.

The Commission will continue with three more special meetings this month, as a Board of Equalization and Review.

The Commission will continue to explore the idea of an alternative sentencing program with Wood County.

A Board of Equalization and Review was conducted 5 to 6 p.m.