GREENBRIER COUNTY W.Va. (WVDN) – The Greenbrier County Commission met for their second regular meeting of the month on Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. in the regular commission courtroom.
The Commission agreed to pay Arts and Rec Grant funds of $3,500 to the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department for their music festival.
Ruthanna Beasley, director of the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corp., spoke to the commissioners about the annual resolution designating the GVEDC as the lead economic development organization for the county. She stated that the GVEDC serves three counties: Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas.
In this annual resolution, the county pledges $1.25 per person in the most recent census (32,937 people) to GVEDC. The money is used to fund the organization, to “further our operation,” and this will be used as match money for a state economic development grant. Beasley said the pledged funds from each county represent about 20% of their annual funding.
The Commission agreed to sign a subrecipient grant agreement for the Hazard Mitigation grant program, titled “Fort Springs, WV elevation,” and part of the program of multi-governmental assistance for 169 John Perry Lane in Fort Springs. This is a raising of the structure above flood level following the 2016 flood and has moved through the federal stage and is now at the state contribution level for the grant.
The county prosecutor’s office recommended Allison Burke for the open position for a start date of Dec. 5, 2023. Allison has been in this position in the past, so she is familiar with the duties and is welcomed by the staff in the office. The Commission approved this hire.
The retirement of Robert Ford from the Greenbrier County Planning and Permit Office was accepted by the Commission. His hire date is documented as June 4, 2012, and his retirement date is Nov. 30, 2023. These dates are officially acknowledged for the retirement pension.
Three new hires were recommended by Misty Hitchcock and Director Don Havens for the 911 center. The Commission voted to accept all three.
Two full-time positions for Levi Quick and Randy Chambers, with Chambers as a returning and fully trained previous employee. A part-time position nomination for Todd Fowler, who is also a previously trained returning employee.
The contracts for Motorola and Aviat were tabled because of unanswered questions. A special meeting will be held on Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 202 of the courthouse addition to discuss with representatives the unanswered questions and vote on acceptance of the contracts offered.
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