The county's new E-911 Director Gary Buchanan introduced Ken Beasley of Michael Baker Associates who is assisting counties with E-911 addressing and mapping. Beasley gave a current overview of addressing and mapping at this week's meeting of the commission.

Buchanan, who has been attending state meetings, gave a report on the new 911 center and efforts being made to complete addressing and mapping in the county.

Buchanan said he is seeking the cooperation and patience of county residents to get the project done.

Commissioners discussed budgetary concerns in the sheriff's department, related to funds being exhausted in line items, costs of animal care related to the seizure of horses and the depletion of money from the Dog Fund, not yet receiving funds from a $75,000 government grant and the need to place county monies in short-term investments.

Grace Richards appeared before the commission seeking financial help to replace the roof on the county library.

A report was given by Kevin Helmick regarding efforts to keep Community Resources in operation in the county. The CRI board has voted to close offices in several counties.

A report was given regarding the family court, which is now using their new offices on Main Street, which have been remodeled.

A report was given that the 21-mile West Fork and Sand Ridge water extension is a go, with the Mt. Zion PSD obtaining the needed 150 signers.

The commission heard a report from the Wood Festival Committee regarding management of Wayne Underwood Field, which is issuing permits to use the field for public use for $25 or donate in-kind labor for upkeep. Users are required to sign a user agreement, which has rules for the field.

After some vandalism occurred linked to skateboarders at the field, the festival committee decided to ban skateboarders, bicyclists and roller-blades on the field and walking trail. The commission, while acknowledging problems, felt that the exclusion of public facilities from recreational activities by young people is unfair.

Commission president Rick Sampson said "We don't want to keep blocking kids from using every public space. Users need to be made aware of the rules." The Town of Grantsville excludes skateboarders on their tennis and basketball courts.

The commission appointed new board members to the County Park Board, Dave Weaver, Hays Haymaker, Raymond Lahie and Jim McCormick.

The commission reviewed several grant applications, a walking trail for the Upper West Fork Park, outside lighting and cameras through a Court Security Grant. The commission has also applied for a grant for fencing around the E-911 tower.

Budget meetings were set for March 5, 12 and 26.

The Calhoun Commission is continuing a series of meetings during February for taxpayers to bring problems before a board of equalization and review.