WILLIAMSON -The Mingo County Commission approved a number of agenda items at a meeting held Tuesday Dec. 2.
Commission approved a request for an annual allotment to the Delbarton Volunteer Fire Department and the Wharncliffe Volunteer Fire Department.
Delbarton has two volunteer fire departments. Each department received $1,000. In the past, it was customary for the commission to allot fire departments $2,500. Due to budget restraints, this was not possible this year. “Because of budget restraints, we have reduced the allotment to $1,000 for each department. Delbarton has two fire departments. They have one in town and one in the Pigeon Creek/ Varney area. We have always given two allotments to the Delbarton Fire Department for each station. It would be my motion that we give each fire department in Delbarton $1, 000,” Mingo County Commissioner Greg “Hootie,” Smith said. Mingo County Commissioner Diann Hannah seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
The Wharncliffe department also received $1,000. “I make a motion that we grant Wharncliffe the $1,000 allotment request and let’s also send a letter to them encouraging them to participate in the Fire Chief’s Association,” Smith said. Hannah seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
The Williamson Buddy League requested financial assistance. Shawn Williamson was in attendance at the commission meeting on behalf of the Williamson Buddy League. Williamson reported that this year, 217 children are signed up in the Williamson Buddy League. That number is up from 140 to 150 kids last year.
Smith opened the topic for discussion saying, “It has been this commission’s practice to contribute to our children whenever possible. The programs that we have focused on have been little leagues and buddy leagues. We have been donating $600. I appreciate your involvement. Let us take your request under advisement and review your financial documentation and once the documentation is approved make the donation. That is my motion.” Commissioner Hannah seconded the motion and it was approved.
The commission approved a resolution to transfer cable from Colane to Shentel. Smith made the motion to approve the transfer. Hannah seconded the motion and it was approved.
Also approved by the commission, was an occupant utility fee for nonprofits using the community services building. The building houses nonprofits such as the state VOAD, a 4-H extension and the Upward Bound Program, among others. “We do not charge those occupants rent. We are asking them to assist in the utilities in that building. I make a motion that the occupants will be requested to pay toward the utilities based on their square footage depending upon their ability to pay.” Hannah seconded the motion and it was approved.
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