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Delegation requests Frametown P&R Board President be removed

The majority of last Friday’s regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission was devoted to hearing concerns of a delegation from Frametown and their efforts to revitalize the Frametown Community Center. Melody Kophfer, a member of the Board, spoke for the delegation along with Jennifer Butcher, also a member, and Harold Reip. The group requested that the Commission ask Tara Wilson, the Board President, to resign. Kophfer told of the many activities that were going on to revitalize the community center and accused Wilson of spending money and taking other actions without Board approval. After hearing the concerns, Melvin Gum made a motion to write a letter to Wilson requesting her resignation. Lisa Godwin made a second motion to re-advertise to fill the vacancy that currently exists on the Board. Board President George Skidmore told the delegation that the subject would be placed on the Commission’s next meeting agenda for possible additional action.
Charles Rector, a Partnership Specialist with the US Census Bureau was first to address the Commission. He emphasized the importance of having all citizens counted during the upcoming census. He elaborated on the fact that, contrary to pubic opinion, the data collected by Bureau could not be sold or shared even with other governmental agencies. He reminded the Commission that population figures affect grants and other funding as well as how many representatives the area has in federal and state government. He said that if only 17% of the population failed to respond to the census, it could cost the county upwards of $1.2 million over the 10 year life of the census. Following the presentation, Lisa Godwin made a motion that the Commission approve a proclamation which among other things stated, “Braxton County needs to maximize Census response rates among households in the county, as low response rates can result in undercounts of population and affect Congressional apportionment and funding levels for local programs…”
Deputy Travis Flint, representing Sheriff Eddie Williams made a request to approve a radio purchase from the WV State Police to replace outdated equipment that was no longer serviceable. Flint told the Commission that they could purchase 12 units for $4,800 which was a substantial bargain. That request was approved on a motion by Lisa Godwin. Deputy Flint also requested permission to purchase 7 Kevlar tactical helmets at a cost of $300 each. Melvin Gum’s motion authorized the acquisition.
Mary Beth Smith, from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office requested the use of the county P-Card for room reservations for 3 nights at $165 each for her to attend a Handle with Care Conference. That request was approved.
President Skidmore detailed the monthly reports for OES/9-1-1, and EMS service provided by John Hoffman who could not be present due to a prior commitment. The OES/9-1-1 report revealed a total of 665 calls for assistance coming into Braxton Control. Of that amount 248 calls were referred to various law enforcement agencies in the county: 168 were EMS calls; 75 were fire or rescue related while the balance of 174 was of a miscellaneous nature. Activities for the Braxton EMS reflected 132 local emergency medical calls, 8 advanced life support transports taken out of county, 18 basic life support transports and 10 scheduled transports.
In other action, the probate appointments for the month of September were approved as presented.
Lisa Godwin’s motion approved the applications for correction of erroneous assessments for: William & Tonya Shaver, JC Baker & Sons Inc., and WV Housing Development Fund.
Two purchase orders were considered. Both were approved on separate motions introduced by Lisa Godwin. Miller Communications will provide Axis IP Dome Cameras for the 9-1-1 center at a cost of $1,647.70. Emergi-Tech will provide 3 CAD workstations and Professional Services to replace 8 year old equipment in the 9-1-1 communications center.
Melvin Gum made a motion that the County continue to pay ½ of employees basic testing at the upcoming Fall Rotary Blood Screening.
The County Financial Statement was approved and authorized for publication as submitted by the County Clerk.
The Commission reviewed a request to remove the administrator of the Estate of Donna Jean Brown and appoint a new one. Lisa Godwin made a motion to set the matter for a hearing on November 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Separate motions approved the county and EMS bills for payment as well as the minutes of the Commission’s September 20 meeting.
Lisa Godwin made a motion that the Commission hold a work session on October 9 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Being no further business to consider, the meeting adjourned at 10:08 a.m. The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission will convene at 9:00 a.m. on October 18.


Local singer schedules album release for Sunday

Next Sunday afternoon, a familiar figure with a melodious voice will grace the patio of Café Cimino as she and musicians from Mountain Stage entertain with an array of songs. Elaine Wine will be introducing her latest album, “Come to Me.”





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Carroll pleads guilty to murder

Several Braxton County Circuit Court hearings have recently been completed before the Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire. The state was represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton.


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FILMmakers Festival
announces award winner

West Virginia FILMmakers Festival has presented the 2019 FILMmaker of the Year award to actor/director filmmaker Josh Stewart and the 2019 IMPACT Award to Ben Berry. They were two of many to receive awards at the 20th Annual West Virginia FILMmakers Festival held in Sutton last week.


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BoE recognizes attendance

The most recent meeting of the Braxton County Board of Education was conducted on October 1. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Jill Cooper followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Vice President David Hoover led those in attendance in a non-denominational opening prayer.

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