LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WVDN) – The Greenbrier County Commission held its second meeting of April by first accepting the minutes of the April 11 meeting and a special meeting held on April 18 to lay the levy. At the April 18 meeting, the Commission voted to set the levy at 12.93%, no change from the previous one.
Once minutes were approved, fiduciary Cindy Alley presented seven estates for closure, and all were approved, with one commissioner, Blaine Phillips, recused from voting.
In other financial business, the arts and recreation fund transfers included $6,702.07 for third quarter programing of the Ronceverte and Rainelle libraries, and there was $16,132.50 transferred for payout to Meadow River Trail Project expenses.
The Commission reported that the open house at the Greenbrier County Health Department two weeks ago had only three contractors attend, of those only one submitted a bid for the designed addition. Adam Wanger Contracting submitted a bid for $2,710,360, and Commissioner Lowell Rose suggested it be reviewed by the county architect to make sure all the elements of the project are included.
Commission President Tammy Tincher stated that “At a later date we will determine if we will award this contractor or not.”
The Commission also discussed the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant for victim representatives at the prosecutor’s office and the sheriff’s department has not been completed because the applications have not been made available yet. In the past, these applications have been due by April 1, but this year the Greenbrier County program will operate on program excess funds until the application is made available. After approval, the excess funds will be returned to the program from the allotted grant monies. This is important so that the victim advocates can continue their work uninterrupted by financial programming.
In other grant news, an application to Justice and Community Services is being made by the Commission for a grant to purchase two new metal detectors, one for the courthouse main entrance and one for the new addition entrance. The cost of these new equipment is expected to be $15,000.
An agreement between the Greenbrier County Commission and the Greenbrier Humane Society has been renewed. This arrangement has been in existence for over 20 years. The County Commission acknowledged that it holds responsibility for the protection and control of the pets, dogs and cats in the county, and the Humane Society provides the facilities and manpower to fulfill this.
The cost of this arrangement is expected to be $200,000 during the 2023-24 fiscal year and invoiced by the Humane Society to the county as expenses are incurred.
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