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Commission Receives Visit from TSA Students

June 20, 2018
BY CHAD TURNER - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

The Wetzel County Commission recently received a visit from David Beatty, advisor of Valley High School's Technology Student Association. Beatty spoke about the group's upcoming national TSA trip to Atlanta, Georgia this year. Accompanying Beatty were TSA students Emma Beatty, Iesha Quinn, Rachael Huggins, Hunter Wood, and Matthew Fordyce.

There are five students from Valley and three students from Short Line who will be attending the national conference. It was added that the last two years, Short Line has placed first in the state of West Virginia. It was estimated there were 8,400 students at last year's event, and there were even teams from Turkey, Germany and Japan.

Matt Fordyce gave a presentation to the commission, explaining the operation behind his solar power vehicle. Iesha Quinn explained her project on biotechnology to the commission as well. Emma Beatty explained the processes behind Leadership Education Achievement Personal growth (LEAP) resumes, which is a collection of leadership activities throughout the year. Hunter Wood explained the on-demand video process, which is also a national competition.

The cost of the trip is calculated at costing $12,400; so far, the TSA has raised $7,000 - leaving a $5,400 deficit. The group has held many fundraisers, including selling Krispie Kreme Doughnuts, Thirty-One supplies, and even a tool kit raffle. The trip is to be an educational experience, so the TSA has also purchased city passes for the students to visit the Atlanta Zoo, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Headquarters and Coca Cola World.

The commission agreed to help with the group's trip expenses and donated $5,000 to the Valley TSA.

In another matter, Cork Bowen, president of the Paden City Development Authority, requested funding for the authority. Bowen informed the commission that the PCDA manages and maintains two major pieces of real estate, the Industrial Park and the Health and Recreation Building.

Bowen explained the current problem relates to the construction dates of the buildings' roofs date back to the 1990s. These buildings also are leased out to organizations that provide services to both Wetzel and Tyler counties. Therefore, Bowen requested funding to aid in the roof replacement of the Health and Recreation Building.

The cost of replacing the Health and Recreation building's roof is estimated at $35,179 if workers use a sprayed polyurethane foam and acrylic sealer, which comes with an 18-year warranty.

The cost of replacing the Industrial Park roof - using metal restoration and acrylic sealer - is estimated at $131,399. Therefore, the grand total is estimated at $166,178.00.

The PCDA will be able to pitch in $30,000 and requested $50,000 from the commission. The PCDA is also going to request funds from the Tyler County Commission, as well as request grant funding.

Bowen also explained there were some tenants moving in. ResCare and juvenile services will be moving into the buildings, but there is still plenty of rental space available.

The commission is willing to help but decided to hold the topic for further discussion.

Jason Pettit and John Turziano met with the commission to introduce their business of Hughes Office Equipment. They offered to look over county offices to see if their company has any updated office equipment, or to offer advice on time saving techniques. It was stated Hughes Office Equipment has a great customer service and that maintenance personnel are located locally, which creates a great response time. The commission informed the gentlemen the county is currently under contract with another company.

In other news, a motion passed to accept a budget revision in the amount of $12,952 for regional jail security.

A motion passed reappointing Tina Rush, Tammy Bowers, and Debbie Bennett to be on the Workforce Development Board.

A motion passed approving J&T Paving to mill and blacktop the circle at the 4-H Camp, as well as pave the parking lot of the Prosecuting Attorney Tim Haught's office.

A motion passed approving the New Martinsville Animal Clinic to purchase 800 dog tags for a rabies vaccination clinic.

The commission also passed a motion to pay $4,587 to Schindler for an upgrade order agreement to fix the elevator in the courthouse that was damaged during a power surge.

Per WV Ethics and Open Meetings Act, Agenda items for Wetzel County Commission will be posted within two business days prior to meetings. Request for items requiring action should be submitted within that time frame.

The next scheduled Wetzel County Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

and located at the Commission Office on Main Street New Martinsville.



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