Calhoun county commission met Monday at 1 p.m. in the
Calhoun Courthouse little courtroom.
The commission discussed the PRO officer deputy sheriff
grant for Calhoun Middle/High School.
Commissioners continued to express concerns about the
county budget, which they expect to tighten with decreasing revenues
during the next year. The following information is from a press release
handed out by the commission:
“Commissioners have received a lot of feedback regarding
the placement of the deputy sheriff at Calhoun Middle/High School.
The commission was asked to submit the grant to finance
the school deputy six days before it was due, and did so with
reservations for further review.
With the approval of the grant delayed for several
months, Sheriff Allen Parsons hired Charles McCroskey for the position,
because such officers had to be sent to special training. While the
sheriff ultimately can hire whomever, the commission declined to approve
the hire with no grant money approved.
The commission expressed concern that the grant should
be in financial partnership with Calhoun Schools.
The commission has expressed concern about a nearly
$40,000 shortfall already existing in the sheriff’s budget, mostly
because of his hiring of a third deputy, Jeff Starcher, whose funding
was not included in the annual budget.
The commission has ex-pressed concern about increased
costs about the amount covered by the grant in the hiring of the school
deputy, a fourth permanent hire under civil service, requiring a car,
operating costs and other outlays.
Sheriff Parsons has adjusted his current budget to cover
many of those costs, but there still exists a shortfall, which could
mean the cutting of a deputy, in this case, Jeff Starcher, with the
Sheriff Parsons has advised the commission he is aware
of the budgetary problems, and is willing to make adjustments during the
Commissioners asked for input from the public and took
suggestions of those present.
They also stated that Parsons had worked hard to figure
out the finance deficit, including finding a car to be donated, but
there is still a shortfall in funding.
The deputy sheriff grant died for a lack of a motion.
It was stated that perhaps a new plan could be developed
to partner with the board of education to re-apply for the grant in the
In other business, commissioner Chip Westfall, Community
Resources, Inc., board member, said that CRI is looking at expanding
into childcare and daycare services.
E-911, OES and LEPC director Kathy Wood reported work on
developing protocol and procedures. Commissioners approved a motion to
support her decision for first responders in the northern part of the
county to be Mt. Zion station 400. If not available, the next responders
contacted would be Minnie Hamilton due to closer proximity to the
emergency. Wood also reported work on a shelter equipment grant.
Executive secretary Danielle Stevens reported on the
tower fund dispersion, and on the application of the following grants:
safe route to school grants for bicycles for students, courthouse
improvement grant for a chair lift, and sheriff vehicle grant.
Items have been purchased for the court security grant
and work will begin on weekends when supplies are obtained. A polling
place grant for the county park and courthouse was received for new
asphalt, and a new resolution was approved for a record management
Commissioners received a book from Carl Shaw, who spoke
on amending property taxes. A book on mountain top removal was received
from Loren Howley. Both books will be placed in Calhoun County Library.
Commissioners approved a census partnership resolution
for Census Day, Apr. 1, 2010, and a proclamation from Lori Fleagle for
domestic violence awareness month. The Domestic Abuse Response Team
received an award for its service to the county since 1996.
Commissioners approved $125 to go to the Town of
Grantsville and $125 to the Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Dept. for
The following items were approved by commissioners:
--Erroneous tax assessments;
--Appointment of Richard Frum as fiduciary for Wilt and
--Draw down request for waterline grant by Tim Meeks;
--Appointments of Jerry Riggs, Barbara Allen, Linda
McCartney, Lisa Purvis, Jacob McCumbers and Kathy Wood to Local
Emergency Services Council; Curt Garretson to Little Kanawha Parkway;
Connie Sullivan to Calhoun County Park board; and Mike Ritchie to Little
Kanawha Bus board;
--Resignation of Daniel Smith from Calhoun County Park
--Budget revision for un-encumbered amount;
--Line item budget revision request from sheriff Allen
Delegate David Walker pre-sented the county clerk’s
office with $10,000 for the purchase of computers, scanners, and other
equipment. He presented Arnoldsburg and Grantsville VFDs $2,250 each for
purchase of safety and rescue equipment.
After approving invoices, bonds, wills, settlements and
orders, the meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 9,
9 a.m., in the little courtroom.
Left to right, Carl Ballengee, Lori Fleagle, Barb McKown and Jean Simers
represented the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), which received an
award for its service to the county since 1996. A proclamation for
domestic violence awareness month was also approved.