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Commission Meets, Says Goodbye To Gorby

January 2, 2019

The Wetzel County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 26 with President Larry Lemon, Vice President Lisa Heasley, and Commissioner Bob Gorby present. Also present was Wetzel County Clerk Carol Haught.

President Lemon stated this would be the final commission meeting for Commissioner Gorby, who is retiring. Lemon told Gorby he would be missed, along with his fine, dedicated hard work.

"We hate to see you leave; you have always been available and have worked hard for all the citizens of Wetzel County," Lemon added.

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Bob Gorby (seated) at his last meeting as Wetzel County Commissioner. Gorby is pictured along with Commission President Larry Lemon and Commission Vice President Lisa Heasley

Greg Morris, newly elected in November, will soon be taking Gorby's seat. Lemon said Morris is a good man who he expects will do a great job for the county. He also mentioned Morris is having surgery and will not be available for several weeks due to the recovery time.

Beth Sigley, principal at Hundred High School, appeared before the commission with an update on Hundred's baseball/softball field and a request for funding.

Sigley explained to the commission Hundred's need for the facility. She said the school's teams have not had a home field for two years and have had to use Clay-Battelle's facilities; however, a new field is being created for Hundred.

According to Sigley, the Wetzel County Board of Education purchased property, located between Hundred and Littleton. The plan is to have the field ready for the Spring 2019 season.

Sigley said most of the initial construction work has been done by volunteers, but there's a long way to go to complete the work at the field - including dugouts, bleachers, restroom facilities, a septic system, and a concession stand.

Sigley noted Hundred High School booster's organization, and said the organization has put a lot of time into the project. Sigley said the booster's organization works for all the school's sports team. She said the organization has funds earmarked for the field; however, there will still be needs.

"We have not had the advantage of gate receipts or concessions during the past two years. The boosters have done funding projects and have sent out letters to the oil and gas industry," said Sigley.

"My husband works for MarkWest Energy, and we are hopeful they will provide some help. One of the booster parents works for Thrasher Engineering, and they came out and marked the field off for us," she added.

Sigley presented the commission with paperwork, showing detailed descriptions of costs associated with the work, and facilities that needed to be completed for the project - several of which could be finished at a later date.

She also provided a copy of volunteer labor already performed on the field and the hours for which each volunteer worked. It produced a total of 84 man hours of labor, including designing, surveying and excavating.

Following her presentation and request for funding, Commissioner Bob Gorby made a motion that the county give $15,000 towards the project, to help the high school boosters complete the work in order to have a field this spring. The motion was seconded by Heasley, and upon vote, was passed unanimously. Sigley thanked the commissioners for helping Hundred High School and their athletes.

In other business:

County Clerk Haught came before the commission with a request for disposition of the voting equipment. Haught stated the county was getting new up-to-date equipment, which is badly needed. She said the new voting equipment has a cost of $482,632.67, which would have a customer discount of $30,000 - bringing it down to $452,632.67. Half of which is covered under a grant.

Haught said she would like to offer the old equipment to other counties in the state that cannot afford the new equipment. She said there may be 20 to 30 counties interested. She asked the commission to allow her to donate it to any county that would show an interest. It was noted the receiving county officials would be responsible to come and retrieve the equipment, which was described as being in good shape but possibly needing some repairs.

Haught said the equipment would be given away with no warranties and no cost to the county. The request was approved unanimously on a motion by Gorby and second by Heasley.

Commissioners went into executive session on a motion by Gorby to discuss a funding request from Wetzel County Hospital.

In other matters, at its Dec. 18 meeting, the commission agreed to pursue an upgrade for the county's Code Red emergency notification system. The notification system has been used for the past four to five years; it was noted the system seems to have been very effective in notifying residents of potential storms, floods, and other emergencies. The upgrade will give unlimited minutes.

Also, at the Wetzel County Commission's regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18, the commission approved the funding for the purchase of a used Tahoe for the Paden City Police Department for $15,395.00.

The commission approved the invoice of Casey & Chapman for Legal Services in the amount of $2,530.20, and the commission approved the salary of Marci D. Costanzo, full-time 911 dispatcher at the Office of Emergency Services, $42,347.

The commission approved the resignation of Cassie Shreve from the animal shelter.

Telina Frye contributed to this article.



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