POINT PLEASANT — Commissioner Tracy Doolittle is now at the center of the table.
Doolittle was unanimously elected president of the Mason County Commission on Monday during the commission’s re-organizational meeting. Commissioner Rick Handley was elected vice president of the county commission. This is the last year of Commissioner Miles Epling’s term and he has said he will not seek re-election. Handley was re-elected in 2014 and Doolittle’s term is up in 2018.
The commission then set Board of Equalization meetings as follows: 3:30-4 p.m. Feb. 1; 3:30-4 p.m. Feb. 4; 9-9:30 a.m. Feb. 6; 3:30-4 p.m. Feb. 10; 9-9:30 a.m. Feb. 13; 3:30-4 p.m. Feb. 16; 3:30-4 p.m. Feb. 25. All meetings are conducted in the county commission meeting room.
Regular county commission meetings were also set for the first quarter of the year as follows: 4 p.m. Jan. 28; 4 p.m. Feb. 4 and Feb. 25; 4 p.m. March 10 and March 24.
County Administrator John Gerlach spoke to commissioners about the 4-H dining hall and how the county had inquiries about tearing down the old hall and selling the scrap, but had no bids. Due to this, Gerlach suggested the county develop an alternative plan to demolish and sell the scrap.
Also discussed, a letter from Suddenlink explaining a raise in prices for some services. The letter states the following in terms of what will and will not be adjusted:
“There will be no change to the standard rates for telephone service, limited basic TV service, expanded or full basic TV service, incremental digital tiers of TV service and video equipment. In the February billing cycle there will be a $1 per month increase to the standard rate for HBO; $2.90 per month increase to the broadcast station surcharge, which covers the fees charged by broadcast TV station owners — Suddenlink says ‘As we have always done, we will not collect more from this surcharge than we pay to broadcast TV station owners.’
“Also, Suddenlink says to cover a portion of the cost of sports channels and general entertainment channels with sports programming, some customers with expanded or full basic TV service will see a $2.15 per month increase to the sports programming surcharge in the February billing cycle, while others will see this increase later in 2016 depending on when they ordered the noted TV service.
“Also, to cover costs of network expenses, some customers who have internet service outside of a current promotional offer will see a $3.50 per month increase in the January 2016 billing cycle, while others will see this increase later in 2016, depending on when they ordered the service. Also taxes, fees and surcharges will be adjusted accordingly.”
The letter from Suddenlink was not something the commission votes upon or has any say in, it was just meant to inform.
Also, Epling asked for photos of past commissioners to hang in the commission office. Anyone that has any should contact the county commission office at 304-675-1110.
Present at the meetings Monday were Doolittle, Epling, Handley, Gerlach and County Clerk Diana Cromley.
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