Sharon Kesselring from the American Red Cross appeared before the Tyler County Commission on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to give an annual update of the Red Cross activities. Keeselring who is the exectutive director of the northwest chapter in West Virginia, which covers 17 counties in the northwest area of the state and has it's Chapter Office in Parkersburg, with a Satellite office in Ohio County, gave the commissioner's an overview of a program the Red Cross is currently offering called the Pillowcase Project.
She explained it is a national program offered in schools, after school programs, and summer camps to teach third through fifth graders and their families how to prepare for disasters.
It's a program with three principals, Learn, Practice, and Prepare. According to Kesselring it teaches students how to prepare for emergencies and how to share the knowledge with friends and family. The program is designed to teach students how to prepare their own emergency kits by packing supplies in a pillow case.
Katrina Byers, Director of Tyler County Family Resource Center, left and Susan Scharf, executive director, Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
The program was created in New Orleans by university students after Hurricane Katrina. Anyone needing more information about Pillowcase should contact: Shannon Taylor at 304-485-7311 ext. 7104.
Kesselring said the Red Cross provides services to our armed forces around the world and around the clock. They help with a variety of benefits to veterans through the VA, including advocate help through Veterans Service Initiative.She said the agency also provides real-time severe weather and emergency alerts, with steps on what to do next. All of this is on the free Red Cross emergency app.
Another service available is free smoke alarms. She said you can schedule an appointment to have the Red Cross install them in your home by calling 1-844-266-8286.
Tom Cooper, Tyler Counties Office of Emergency Management, updated the Commissioners on his weather training class. He has held several of these in the past and they are very effective. He works with the national weather service to provide local notifications in the event of natural weather related emergencies. He also works directly with 911 and local school officials and first responders.
Cooper's office has many volunteers in the local area and from many other counties in the state. He oversees emergency response and has the equipment to do search and rescue along with trained personnel, and he annually holds training for search and rescue dogs and their owners.
Cooper is an asset to Tyler County and all of West Virginia as many other counties call on his services when an emergency arises or disaster strikes. His office is located in Middlebourne in the old Ellsworth school along with the senior center. Cooper has storage space in the Paden City Industrial park for the counties emergency equipment along with office space.
Sheriff Brian Weigle notified the Commissioners that the bids for Tasers would be held in April.
Susie Scharf from the Lighthouse Child Advocate Center and Katrina Byers of the Tyler County Family Resource Network notified the Commission that April is Child Abuse Prevention month. They asked the commission to approve a proclamation declaring it so. The commissioners voted to proclaim the request and they were presented a Children's memorial flag that they agreed to be flown in the court house for the month of April.
David Barrick's request for May 4, 2017 as the National Day of Prayer to be held at the courthouse beginning at noon, was approved by the county commission.
Commission President Eric Vincent read the fair housing proclamation which was approved by the commissioners. Vice President John Stender announced the Boreman third grade field trip would be held on April 28, 2017 at the courthouse from approximately 9-11 a.m.
Also approved was the renewal of the WVCoRP FY. It is the counties insurance plan through the state that provides coverage for personnel, equipment, and vehicles. Everything belonging to the county is covered. The renewal cost is $78,845 which provides a savings for the county in workers comp and other areas of about $40,000. It is the West Virginia County Risk Pool. They also approved an adoption of the 2017-18 levy estimate.
The County was presented with a letter from the Mayor of Paden City requesting a meeting to address the drug issue in the community. It was mentioned that Paden City only has two police officers and no chief at this time and are in need of help. The commissioners, along with the sheriff and prosecuting attorney Luke Furbee agreed to move forward on the request.
Work update plans for new court house windows and doors and restoration was discussed and it was mentioned to get estimates and go from there.
Diana Mace, victims advocate, asked for approval of the application grant for the fiscal year 2017-18. She said she felt she could find ways to make savings for the county through other areas. The commission approved the request.
Under the public comments Peggy George with the Tyler County Home Restoration group informed the commissioners there is $13, 578 in the bank they have raised to use towards repairs. She mentioned certain a certain group who had raised part of the money.
The commissioners also approved the minutes form the first meeting in March, the exonerations from the assessors office, County Clerk Neil A.Archer's fiduciary report and the paying of bills.