COUNTY APPROVES 2004-05 BUDGET - 911 Architect Hired, 99-Year Lease Signed, Election Officials Approved

County Commissioners Larry McCallister, Rick Sampson and Bob Weaver approved a nearly 40-page budget yesterday for fiscal year 2004-05.

Commission President Larry McCallister said "The budget is done and will be submitted to Charleston this week."

"We took a careful look at this year's budget compared to previous budgets, and have put the numbers together."

The county has been able to stay in the black for the past few years, including paying off the regional jail bill.

Spencer architect Sean Simon was approved to develop an architectural plan for the proposed 911 building, a small concrete block structure which will be built near the county school board office at Mt. Zion.

The commission also approved a 99-year lease with the Calhoun Board of Education on which the 911 building will be erected.

The commission will advertise for bids for a new electric generator for Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

Excess items from the Minnora Community Center will be auctioned by the commission, the items and date will be announced.

The Calhoun County Park Board received approval to move ahead using grant money to place siding on half of the park barn, among other improvements. The job will be done by Hartshorn Construction at a cost of $4,900.

The commission approved election officials and alternatives as submitted by the Democratic and Republican Executive Committee for the May 11 primary election.

Two emergency absentee voting commissioners, one from each party, were appointed.