POINT PLEASANT — Some local organizations will receive grant funding from the State of West Virginia, according to the Mason County Commission.
Commissioners Rick Handley, Miles Epling and Tracy Doolittle announced at the commission’s regular meeting on Thursday that the following organizations will receive funds from Community Participation Grants: Point Pleasant Fire Department $1,500; Valley Fire Department $1,000; Marshall University Mid-Ohio Valley Center $5,000; Mason County Library $2,500; Point Pleasant Riverfront Park (sound system) $12,000; Mason County Action Group $1,000. Sen. Mitch Carmichael alerted the commission of the awards for the local organizations which he said he helped submit for the 2014 Senate Community Participation Grant Awards.
The commission expressed their appreciation for the awards. Many of those receiving grant funds took a county funding hit this year after the county lost some major revenue from Appalachian Electric Power’s Philip Sporn Plant and had the growing expense of housing prisoners in the regional jail.
RC Faulk from 9/11 and emergency services updated the commission on the new Floodplain ordinance amendment. Faulk said floodplain maps hadn’t been updated since around 1979-1981. The new maps will use new federal guidelines which suggested two feet as the base flood elevation now, as opposed to one foot which was in the previous ordinance. Those who are one foot above the base flood elevation prior to the new ordinance going into effect on Dec. 31 will be “grandfathered in.” The commission must have two readings of the ordinance, likely at its meetings on Sept. 26 and Oct. 10, before a vote to pass it can be taken.
In other business:
Commissioners agreed to hire Justin Cavender as a deputy in the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. The effective hire date for Cavender, James Lee and Matthew Stewart, all in the sheriff’s department, is effective Sept. 16. Sally Smith was hired as a part time employee in the county clerk’s office, effective Sept. 17.
Commissioners were asked to intervene and regulate four wheeler usage at Hidden Village, a housing development on private property. The commission felt this was an issue for the Hidden Village Homeowner’s Association to resolve.
Commissioners approved budget revisions from March of this year, adjusting expenses for health insurance premiums of new employees hired this year.
Commissioners reviewed an assessment from the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority on the county courthouse which will hopefully assist in grant funding for upgrades. The assessment found the building is in need of a sprinkler system and new electrical outlets, etc.
Commissioners set the following upcoming meetings: 4 p.m., Oct. 10 and 24; 4 p.m., Nov. 7 and 21; 4 p.m., Dec. 5 and 19.
Commissioners also voted to recommend Trick-or-Treat in non municipal areas be from 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31.
Also present at the meeting, County Administrator John Gerlach and County Clerk Diana Cromley.