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Commission Agrees to Continue To Act as CAC Fiscal Agent

March 28, 2019

During its regular March 19 meeting, the Wetzel County Commission met with Susan Scharf, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center. She requested a continuation of the relationship with the Wetzel County Commission, as the CAC's fiscal agent, for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. One of the grants the CAC would like the commission to be the fiscal agent for is the DJCS CAC State Grant (Division of Justice and Community Services). It is anticipated to be in the amount of $70,823. This is set to increase as Governor Jim Justice just signed the budget with an increase of $500,000 for CACs. This is anticipated to raise the amount by $10,000 to $20,000. The grant application is due April 26.

The commission would also be the fiscal agent for the VOCA Federal Grant (Victims of Crime Act), anticipated to be approximately $75,000. This grant request, if honored, will increase the Lighthouse CAC's personnel to a total of four full-time employees. The center currently has two full-time and one part-time employee. That grant application is due April 5.

Scharf also spoke to the commission regarding a donation request. With increased funding requests, comes increased match requirements. The CAC is anticipating its match requirement will total approximately $30,000. Scharf asked the commission to consider a donation request of $10,000 for this current fiscal year.

The commission passed a motion to remain the fiscal agent for the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. A motion also passed to donate $10,000 for this current fiscal year.

In another matter, the commission met with Tyler Linville from AFLAC regarding insurance policies available.

Other matters addressed are as follows:

* A motion was made and passed to approve the Amendement to Public Service District No. One Community Development Block Grant, which will reduce the amount of the CDBG award and recapture unexpended funds of $6,536.13.

* A motion was made and passed to approve the request for Paden City High School to use the Mollohan Center for prom on May 11 and to waive the $300 fee.

* A motion was made and passed to donate $300 to the Magnolia High School after-prom. The request was only for $100. However, the commission decided to donate $300 since that was what was given to Paden City.

* Also, Brenda Scheibelhood, the Chief Tax Deputy at the Sheriff's Tax Office, spoke to the commission regarding excess money in the State Fines Account. She stated there is an account with $50 in it, which has been this way for several years. She said money doesn't typically sit in this type of account and requested the money be distributed to the county funds general account. The commission had no objection to the request.

Also, the following matters were approved at the March 12 commission meeting:

* Frances Caldwell appeared before the commission to request the use of the Mollohan Center for the Festival of Trees. A motion was passed to approve the request for Nov. 22 and 23, and to waive the fee for the use of the facility.

* A motion was passed to accept the proposal for recovery of delinquent taxes by the firm of Gold, Khourey and Turak with the contract beginning April 1 and being good for one year.

* A motion was passed to approve the request for a longevity pay increase for Deputy Cody D. Elliott with the Wetzel County Sheriff's Office.

* In another matter, Rob Steptoe from Crews & Associates gave a presentation on project financing.

* Also, the commission affirmed the argument of the state tax department that the values were correctly calculated for the board of assessment appeals regarding a decision on EQT.

* Also, at a special meeting March 1 the Wetzel County Commission approved the employment of Kenneth A. Fritzman and Ashley N. Snyder as full-time 911 dispatchers.



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