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Calhoun county commission met Monday at 2 p.m. in the courthouse little courtroom.

Fred Rader of Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council reported that he is awaiting approval to advertise for bids for the Sand Ridge/Rt. 16 South Water Extension Project, which could be under construction by October.

Rader submitted a draw down from the Small Cities Block Grant for $7,390.11 for administrative expenses for MOVRC. The resolution was approved.

The budget control report for the period ending Apr. 30 was reviewed. Revisions from the county clerk, circuit clerk, assessor, sheriff and magistrates were approved. A two-year audit is in progress. Funding of $13,900 is needed for state computer systems, salaries, capital outlay, and contracted services.

Gary Buchanan gave the 911 report. A request for Erica Toney to be hired as part-time 911 dispatch was approved.

Addressing and mapping was finished by the Mar. 31 deadline. The remaining funds in that account are in escrow for later use.

Kathy Woods reported that seven homes were severely damaged during last week’s flooding. She is working with Karen Settles, liaison for volunteer services, to get help for those affected.

Dumpsters’ cost of $1,600 will come from OES funds. Woods said that Marlin Zwoll of the Dept. of Environmental Protection will meet with her regarding the overflow of the dumpsters. Derek Wright, Arnoldsburg Fire Dept. member, is to assist in this, with help of machinery from Houchin Construction.

Woods suggested that the county needs to stockpile cleaning supplies for future use, since main roads out of the county are sometimes blocked by water at critical times.

Job description for combined OES/911 director was approved and will be posted July 1 with a salary of $25,000 and benefits.

County clerk Richard Kirby reported that he has had problems with getting someone to be estate fiduciary commissioner. Commissioners approved Richard Frum of Roane to take over the task.

The Public Employees Insurance Agency crisis was discussed. There is a $50,000 liability for future retirees.

An agreement with Windjammer Communications Cable Service was approved.

The commission approved the formation of a local organization of emergency services council, as required by West Virginia State Code.

It was reported that stimulus funds are available in an Energy Efficiency Improvements Grant that the county may apply for. It is a 100% grant to be used for heating, air conditioning, or lighting. Only municipal buildings may apply. There is a distribution of $700,000 per region.

Diane Ludwig reported that there is a pick up in loan inquiries for expansion activity. She is working with the Corps of Engineers on the industrial park.

Dave Roberts spoke for a delegation from Wirt County 911. He said that there are addressing problems with Munday, Freed, Richardsonville and Little Creek roads.

Gary Buchanan said that he was only aware of the Freed Road problem and had sent that to the state addressing and mapping board. He is awaiting their answer. Some numbers from each county are duplicated.

The county commission will meet Monday, June 15, at 9 a.m.

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