WILLIAMSON – At a regularly scheduled Mingo County Commission meeting Wednesday Jan. 6, the commission voted against organizational changes for the 2016 fiscal year.
Mingo County Commissioner, John Mark Hubbard opened the discussion stating, “It is that time of the year again ladies and gentleman for reorganization for the year 2016. Tina (Abbott), what do we need to do here?”
“President,” Tina Abbot, the Administrative Assistant responded. Mingo County Commissioner Diann Hannah nominated Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith.
Smith declined saying, “No. No. I think it is your turn or let John Mark (Hubbard) stay.”
Hannah then nominated Hubbard. Smith seconded the motion. “I would be honored to continue to serve as president of this commission,” Hubbard stated.
Hubbard then nominated Hannah to continue to serve as President Pro-tem. Smith seconded the motion and the motion carried. “She is doing a very good job,” Smith said.
The Mingo County Commission will continue to act as Purchasing Agent for the county. “I think the safety procedures that we have put in the past with regards to our purchasing agent where all three of us act as the purchasing agent and Tina Abbot oversees them and we sign off of anything over $500 has worked well over the last couple of years and I make a motion that we continue this same practice through this fiscal year.” Hannah seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Regularly scheduled meetings of the Mingo County Commission will continue to meet at the current times throughout the 2016 fiscal year. Currently, the Commission meets at 9:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday and at 4:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. Hubbard explained that this makes the commission more accessible to the public. “I think it makes us available to the public as a whole and I would like to continue that,” Hubbard said.
The Mingo County Courthouse will continue to operate at the current business hours. The Mingo County Courthouse is open Monday through Friday from the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Courthouse hours are extended until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday for the offices of the Clerk and the Assessor’s. Hannah said, “People are used to being able to come in later on Thursday- the public- and that is who we are here for anyway. We need to make it for people who work to be able to come in and get some business done so I second the motion.”
The Commission also voted to operate on the holiday schedule set by the state. The next Mingo County Commission meeting will be held on Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)