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Commisssion declares October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Agnes Hapka ahapka@civitasmedia.com

September 28, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the recent meeting of the Mason County County Commissioners.


Commission President Rick Handley called the meeting to order. Commissioners Miles Epling and Tracy Doolittle were also present.


Lorrie Wright of the West Virginia University Extension Office spoke to commissioners about the upcoming month, adding that a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk has been scheduled for Oct. 13 to raise funds for screenings and treatments.


The walk, Wright said, will be sponsored by the Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service.


At Wright’s request, commissioners also signed a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 6 as National 4H Week. Wright said that a kick-off event is planned for Sunday, October 6, at which she hopes budding 4H members will enroll for the coming year.


Wright also said that the CEOS have donated $500 toward the cost of a new 4H dining hall at the Mason County Fairgrounds.


James Harris, local boy scout, was also present at the meeting, fulfilling a requirement for his citizenship badge. Handley said that a future commission meeting time will changed to 6 p.m. to enable James Harris’ entire troop, which is led by Harris’ father, to attend.


In other news, the commission made its first reading of the amended floodplain ordinance. The next reading was scheduled for Oct. 10. Chuck Blake of Mason County 911 addressed the commission regarding some needed technology updates. Blake said that a new, Internet-based phone system, will cost just over $399,000. He said that the new system from Frontier is necessary in part because the existing phone system is now obselete and technical support will expire in January 2014. Commissioner Doolittle made a motion to approve the purchase, and the motion passed after a vote. Funding will come out of the 911 budget.


Blake said that the HVAC and radio systems in the equipment room will also need to be upgraded to avoid overheating the new phone equipment; he said he has seen quotes for a new air-conditioning unit beginning at around $15,000 from Ashworth. A motion was made to approve the new HVAC equipment purchase, and the motion passed after a vote. New radio equipment will cost around $49,000, Blake said. The commission voted to approve the radio update.


Also present at the meeting were Diana Cromley, county clerk, and John Gerlach, commission administrator.