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    1. Government News

      Greenbrier County has released the schedule for its 2024 rabies vaccination clinics, offering extended hours and a slight change in the schedule to accommodate more pet owners. The clinics, conducted by local veterinarians and attended by county officials, aim to prevent the spread of rabies among domestic animals and ensure public safety.
      Thursday, June 13:
      9:00 - 9:45 AM: Rainelle, Dr. Wilson’s Office 10:15 - 10:45 AM: Charmco, Meadow River Plant & Produce 11:00 - 11:45 AM: Quinwood, McKinnie Park 12:00 - 12:45 PM: Rupert, Fire House 1:15 - 2:00 PM: Grassy Meadows, Leef’s Store 2:30 - 3:15 PM: Clintonville, Community House 3:30 - 4:00 PM: Asbury, Community House Friday, June 14:
      9:00 - 9:45 AM: Renick, J. High Park 10:00 - 10:45 AM: Frankford, Parking lot across from Frankford Presbyterian Church 11:00 - 11:45 AM: Williamsburg, Williamsburg Fire House 12:30 - 1:15 PM: Ronceverte, Ronceverte Methodist Church 1:30 - 2:00 PM: Oregon Cave, Community Center 2:15 - 3:00 PM: Caldwell, Boat Ramp 3:15 - 4:15 PM White Sulphur Springs, Memorial Park Pet owners are reminded to note the changes in the schedule and extended clinic hours. Each clinic will be attended by a 2024 licensed veterinarian, a deputy assessor, and a deputy sheriff.
      According to WV Code §19-20A-1, all dogs and cats over the age of three months must be vaccinated against rabies. The clinics offer an affordable option for pet owners, with a fee of $10 per dog or cat. Vaccination tags for pets in the county and cities with city limits are included in the fee.
      Pet owners should ensure their animals are properly leashed or caged during the clinic visits. Compliance with this regulation is crucial to protect public health and prevent the spread of rabies. The county officials emphasize the importance of rabies vaccination for maintaining community safety and protecting both pets and humans from this potentially deadly disease.
      Joe Darnell, Assessor of Greenbrier County Bruce Sloan, Sheriff of Greenbrier County Dr. Mary Ann Mann, DVM Greenbrier County encourages all pet owners to take advantage of these clinics and ensure their pets are up to date on their vaccinations.

      Updated: Corrections to time and locations 6-5-24

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      The West Virginia WIC Program monthly cash value benefits for the purchase of fresh produce will now be accepted at authorized farm stands and farmers markets in addition to WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) benefits beginning on June 1, 2024.  The program is made possible by the West Virginia Department of Health’s Bureau for Public Health. 
      “The WIC Farm Market Direct mobile payment system has many benefits for both WV WIC participants and local farmers,” said Heidi Staats, Director of the Office of Nutrition Services. “It simplifies the purchasing process for participants, reduces stigma by functioning like other mobile pay options, streamlines payments to farmers and farmers markets, provides real-time data for review and analysis, and ensures efficient and secure management of federal funds and benefits.” 
      The WIC monthly cash value benefits for fresh produce are $26 for child participants, $47 for pregnant and postpartum participants, and $52 for fully and partially breastfeeding participants.  The FMNP maximum benefit is $30 for eligible WIC participants to be spent June 1 through October 31. 
      WV WIC and WIC FMNP participants will have a QR Code through the WICShopper Mobile App, allowing for electronic transactions with authorized farmers market vendors. Through WIC Farm Market Direct, authorized farmers scan the QR Code to initiate the purchasing process of fresh fruits and vegetables. 
      Farmers will then receive payment via direct deposit, which eliminates check processing fees. There are currently 136 farmers participating in the WV WIC program. A list of participating farmers and farmers markets is available on the WV WIC website. 
      For more information about the WV WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, visit dhhr.wv.gov/WIC/Pages/Farmers-Market.aspx. 
      Farmers interested in becoming an approved WV WIC vendor may visit dhhr.wv.gov/WIC/retailersfarmers or contact the WV WIC Vendor Unit at 304-558-1115 or [email protected]. To view and apply for careers in the public health field, visit dhhr.wv.gov/Pages/Career-Opportunities.aspx. 

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    3. Government News

      The West Virginia State Police will conduct an upcoming DUI checkpoint in Greenbrier County. This checkpoint is scheduled to take place from 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 23, 2024, to 2:00 A.M. on Friday, May 24, 2024. It will be located on US Route 60, Midland Trail W in Charmco, at the intersection with WV Route 20, Coalfield Trail.

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    4. Government News

      The Greenbrier County Commission held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on May 21, 2024. Despite a brief 30-minute session, technical difficulties marred the event, resulting in no audio being captured on the Greenbrier County Courthouse Facebook live stream. However, the video footage confirmed the attendance of all three county commissioners, along with the Sheriff and the Prosecutor who addressed the Commission during the meeting.
      The Greenbrier County Courthouse has indicated that a separate audio recording of the meeting may be made available in the coming days to provide a comprehensive account of the proceedings.
      According to a post earlier in the week on social media, the agenda for the meeting included several key items, which we summarize below:
      Greenbrier County Commission Agenda - May 21, 2024
      Opening Invocation Pledge of Allegiance Call to Order Regular Business:
      Approval of minutes from the May 7, 2024, Regular Meeting Settlements of Estates presented by Cindy Alley, Fiduciary Supervisor Exonerations/County Splits/Consolidations by Joe Darnell, Assessor Financial Approvals:
      Arts & Recreation Transfer Budget Revisions Line Item Transfer Payment of Bills New Business:
      Approval of the agreement for Records Management & Preservation Board 2024-2025 grant award. Approval of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department application for the Drunk Driving Prevention grant. Approval of a resolution allowing eligible 911 dispatchers employed by the Greenbrier County Commission to join the Emergency Medical Services Retirement System (EMSRS) as authorized by W.Va. Code section 16-5V-31. Approval of a new hire to fill a dispatcher vacancy at the Greenbrier County 911 Center. Confirmation of the separation of employment for Jeanette Newman from the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Tax Office, effective June 8, 2024 (date of hire: October 27, 2021). Approval of a new hire to fill a vacancy in the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Tax Office. Confirmation of the separation of employment for Alison Burke from the Greenbrier County Prosecutor’s Office, effective May 31, 2024 (date of hire: December 5, 2023). Approval of a new hire to fill a vacancy in the Greenbrier County Prosecutor’s Office. Approval of the Greenbrier County Humane Society Contractual Agreement for the fiscal year 2024-2025. Approval of the 2023 delinquent Real Estate Tax List. Consideration of 2024 mowing quotes for Meadow River Rail Trail – Phase I. Approval of the Transportation Alternative Program grant request to WVDOH and payment of a 20% match for the design of the Meadow River Rail Trail – Russellville Trailhead Expansion/Relocation. Approval of the distribution of Fire Funds to Fire Departments serving Greenbrier County as authorized by S.B. 1021 (effective August 8, 2023). Approval of the distribution of funds to Emergency Medical Service agencies serving Greenbrier County as authorized by Senate Bill 737 (effective June 9, 2023). Approval of the application and resolution to be submitted by the Greenbrier County Office of Emergency Management for the HSGP 2024 grant for Mobile Command Support. Approval of the application and resolution to be submitted by the Greenbrier County Office of Emergency Management for the HSGP 2024 grant for Drone Equipment & Training. Despite the technical difficulties, the Greenbrier County Commission managed to address several important items. The community awaits the release of the audio recording to gain full insights into the discussions and decisions made during the meeting. Stay tuned for further updates.
      Update 5-24-24:


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    5. Government News

      In a lengthy session filled with diverse community concerns, the Greenbrier County Commission convened on May 7, 2024, for its regular meeting, addressing everything from estate settlements to grant applications for security enhancements.
      The meeting opened with a moment of reverence, led by Kelly in prayer and Al leading the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the proceedings. The first order of business was the approval of minutes from the April 23rd meeting, which passed without contention.
      Cindy Alley, the fiduciary supervisor, presented settlements for 13 estates which received unanimous approval. Notably, the commission dealt with the protracted estate of Mary Ellen Green. The case, which had been stalled due to complications with jointly owned real estate, was finally poised for resolution, a relief for all parties involved.
      The commission approved several financial motions, including an arts and recreation fund transfer totaling $143,602.84 for environmental consulting and trail work under a grant reimbursement scheme. Additionally, budget revisions and line item transfers were discussed and approved, ensuring the county's financial health.
      A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to health and safety, with the approval of increased permit fees by the Greenbrier County Health Department, set to take effect on July 1. Moreover, the commission considered a grant application for replacing a critical License Plate Reader (LPR) on I-64, a vital tool for local law enforcement.
      The session also focused on community improvement with the approval of bids for demolishing dilapidated structures under the DEP’s abandoned structures program, which will enhance safety and aesthetics in the community.
      In a particularly touching moment, the commission declared May 2024 as Community Action Month, recognizing 60 years of service by community action agencies. This resolution underscores the commission's commitment to supporting organizations that provide essential services such as childcare, weatherization, and emergency assistance across the county.
      As the meeting drew to a close, the commission was reminded of the ongoing early voting period leading up to the May 14th election. The session adjourned with a collective acknowledgment of the substantial agenda tackled and the forward motion on several fronts, demonstrating the commission's active role in managing county affairs and improving resident welfare.
      This meeting highlighted the intricate balancing act that local governance must perform, ensuring both the immediate needs and long-term interests of the community are addressed effectively.


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    6. Government News

      The Greenbrier County Commission held its regular meeting on April 23, where key issues ranging from budget revisions to community projects were addressed. The meeting began with a heartfelt invocation led by Kelly and the Pledge of Allegiance guided by Jen.
      During the session, the Commission approved the minutes from previous meetings and discussed fiduciary matters involving the settlements of estates for several local residents. Noteworthy budget amendments were approved, including funds for various county departments such as law enforcement and the demolition project supported by DP funds.
      A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to community initiatives, with presentations from the Greenbrier Humane Society and discussions on child abuse prevention. Jen Runyon, volunteer board president of the Greenbrier Humane Society, provided an update on the organization’s efforts, which include a surge in animal surrenders and ongoing community support programs.
      The Commission also recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in protecting vulnerable children. A proclamation was read by Leslie Talbert, director of the Greenbrier County Family Support Center, marking April 26 as Children’s Memorial Flag Day.
      In addition to these issues, the Commission reviewed a petition for the annexation of property in Alderson and discussed new hires and budget amendments for local programs. The meeting concluded with plans for upcoming voting registrations and early voting dates, highlighting the county’s preparations for the primary elections.
      The meeting underscored the Commission’s ongoing commitment to addressing both routine county matters and broader social issues, reflecting a dynamic approach to governance and community engagement.


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    7. Government News

      On Tuesday, April 16, the Greenbrier County Commission held a special meeting, presided over by Commissioner Rose, to set the 2024 Greenbrier County levy rate and to review bids for the county's building demolition initiative. The meeting, which commenced at 9 AM, was live-streamed to ensure public accessibility and transparency.
      The first item on the agenda was the county's levy rate. Since 2015, the rate has been fixed at $12.93 per $100 of assessed value. This figure, a slight increase from the previous $11.98, has been in place for nearly a decade. The commission, noting the balanced budget and stable financial outlook, voted unanimously to maintain the current levy rate, forwarding their decision to the state auditor's office for final approval.
      Following fiscal matters, the commission shifted focus to the second major agenda item: the demolition of Group 1 and Group 2 structures under the Abandoned and Dilapidated Building Removal Program. This initiative, supported by nearly $600,000 in grants from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), aims to address and remove hazardous buildings across the county.
      The building code inspector, Steven Simmons, reported significant progress, with several property owners already taking steps to dismantle unsafe structures. The ongoing efforts contribute to the county’s goals of beautification and safety enhancement.
      During the meeting, bids for the demolition of structures, both with and without asbestos, were opened and read aloud. Bids were received from multiple contractors, including Treadways Dirt Work LLC, Whitten Construction, All Construction, LD Canon Sun, Lynch Construction, Grand Creek Construction, Empire Salvage and Recycling, and BFL Contract Incorporated, among others. The bids varied, with costs reflecting the complexities of asbestos abatement and the condition of the structures.
      Commissioner Daley, joining the session via phone, and other members of the commission, examined these bids thoroughly to ensure compliance with project specifications. The bids will be further reviewed by the building inspector to ensure that all proposals meet the required standards before finalizing the contractor selections.
      As the meeting concluded, Commissioner Rose reminded the community of the upcoming deadline for Arts and Rec applications, urging all interested parties to submit their applications by 4 PM on Friday, April 19th, at the courthouse.
      The decisions made during this special meeting reflect Greenbrier County's commitment to fiscal responsibility and community improvement, setting a positive trajectory for the fiscal year 2024-2025.


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    8. Government News

      In a remarkable feat of service expansion, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has concluded the 2024 tax filing season with a resounding success, showcasing a significant improvement in taxpayer assistance across various platforms. The IRS's efforts were fueled by the Inflation Reduction Act funding, resulting in unprecedented service levels not witnessed in over a decade.
      Key highlights of the 2024 filing season include:
      Improved Phone Service Increased Call Response Faster Response Times As the April deadline approaches, taxpayers are reminded of the various avenues available for last-minute assistance, including visiting the dedicated free help page on IRS.gov. Additionally, taxpayers requiring an extension to file their taxes can explore options for an automatic extension until October 15, although payment obligations remain unchanged.
      The IRS estimates that 19 million taxpayers will opt for an automatic extension, while taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts have until April 17 to file and pay taxes due this year due to local holidays.
      The 2024 tax filing season stands as a testament to the IRS's dedication to enhancing taxpayer services, setting a new standard for efficiency and accessibility in tax administration.
      For further assistance and information, taxpayers are encouraged to visit IRS.gov or contact the IRS directly.

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    9. Government News

      The Greenbrier County Courthouse was abuzz with activity during the Regular County Commission Meeting held on April 9, 2024. Attendees, including commissioners and members of the public, gathered to address a variety of county matters in a structured and efficient manner.
      The meeting began with the customary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of prayer, setting a respectful tone for the proceedings. Nick Haley, newly appointed to the commission, was warmly welcomed as he attended his first official meeting, demonstrating the commission's commitment to unity and inclusion.
      One of the key agenda items was the approval of minutes from the previous meeting. After careful review and discussion, the minutes were unanimously approved, highlighting the commission's dedication to transparency and accuracy in record-keeping.
      Financial matters took precedence as the commission deliberated on settlements of estates, budget revisions, and financial transfers. Each decision was made with meticulous attention to detail, reflecting the commission's responsible stewardship of county funds.
      A proclamation honoring National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week was also considered, recognizing the vital role of dispatchers in ensuring public safety. The proclamation was unanimously approved, underscoring the commission's appreciation for the hard work and dedication of these essential workers.
      Infrastructure projects were a focal point of the meeting, with discussions centered on funding requests for the Mountain Transit Authority and projects related to flood control and sewer replacement. These deliberations showcased the commission's commitment to supporting initiatives that enhance transportation accessibility and mitigate the risk of natural disasters.
      Announcements regarding upcoming deadlines and events rounded out the meeting, providing attendees with important information about community initiatives and opportunities for engagement.
      In conclusion, the Regular County Commission Meeting on April 9, 2024, served as a testament to the commission's dedication to serving the residents of Greenbrier County. Through thoughtful deliberation and decisive action, the commission addressed a range of issues critical to the welfare and prosperity of the community.


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    10. Government News

      In response to heightened turbidity levels, the City of Lewisburg has issued a "SYSTEM WIDE" Boil Water Advisory to all its customers. Turbidity refers to the cloudiness or opaqueness of water, which can affect its quality and safety for consumption.
      The advisory, announced by city officials, urges all residents and businesses to boil water before using it for any purpose, including drinking and cooking. The City emphasized the importance of adhering to the advisory until further notice.
      Residents are advised to contact the City Water Plant at (304) 647-5585 for any inquiries or concerns regarding the advisory. Additionally, the City will promptly notify customers once the boil water advisory has been lifted.
      Furthermore, the City clarified that no potable water tanker will be provided at this time.
      The City of Lewisburg appreciates residents' patience and understanding during this period of caution. It underscores the importance of taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the community's water supply.
      For further updates and information regarding the boil water advisory, residents are encouraged to stay tuned to official communication channels provided by the City of Lewisburg.


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    11. Government News

      The Greenbrier County Commission convened its regularly scheduled meeting, with officials and attendees offering prayers and pledges before addressing various agenda items.
      Commission President Tammy opened the meeting with a prayer, seeking guidance and comfort, especially in light of the recent loss of a colleague, Commissioner Phillips. The Pledge of Allegiance followed, led by the Sheriff.
      The agenda covered several key items, including the approval of meeting minutes, settlement of estates, budget revisions, line item transfers, and approval of bills. Additionally, new business items included discussions on support for First Energy's Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnership Program (GRIP) and personnel matters.
      John Norman from First Energy presented a proposal for the GRIP grant application, seeking the commission's support. The grant aimed to enhance the nation's electric grid infrastructure, with significant funding earmarked for projects in West Virginia, including Greenbrier County. Norman outlined the potential benefits and requested the commission's backing for the application.
      After thorough discussion and consideration, the commission approved a motion to support First Energy's application for the GRIP grant.
      The meeting also addressed personnel matters, including changes in employment status and new hires at the Greenbrier County 911 Center and Sheriff's Tax Office. The commission reviewed applications and approved motions for various employment-related matters.
      The agenda concluded with the consideration and approval of the fiscal year 2024-2025 budget for Greenbrier County. The proposed budget, totaling $18,714,882, included provisions for employee pay raises, coverage of increased insurance premiums, and adjustments for operational costs. After deliberation, the commission unanimously approved the budget, which would be forwarded to the West Virginia State Auditor for final approval.
      Commissioner Rose highlighted the budget's conservative approach and efforts to accommodate departmental needs while prioritizing employee welfare.
      With all agenda items addressed, the meeting adjourned, marking another productive session for the Greenbrier County Commission in serving its constituents and managing county affairs.


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    12. Government News

      As the Spring Fire Season commences in West Virginia, the state's Forestry Department has reminded residents of crucial regulations to mitigate the risk of forest fires. The season, extending until May 31, imposes strict restrictions on outdoor burning from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., emphasizing the importance of fire safety and prevention measures.
      According to the guidelines issued by the West Virginia Forestry Department, outdoor burning during the restricted hours is strictly prohibited, with fines for violations ranging from $100 to $1,000, accompanied by civil penalties of $200. Additionally, individuals must ensure complete extinguishment of fires by 7 a.m. if burning occurs within the permissible timeframe of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
      To ensure compliance with fire safety standards, the department outlines specific burning guidelines for outdoor activities. These include the requirement for all fires to be contained within a ring or safety strip, with the strip cleared of burnable material and spanning at least 10 feet wide around the debris pile. Only vegetative materials such as leaves, brush, and yard clippings are permitted for burning, with stringent regulations on the operation of spark-throwing machinery to prevent fire hazards.
      Moreover, landowners are obligated to take practical measures to suppress any fires on their property, with the state authorized to recover expenses incurred due to negligence or violations of forest fire laws. The regulations extend to commercial burning activities, necessitating permits from the Division of Forestry for burning during prohibited periods.
      The burning season, which spans from March 1 to May 31 and October 1 to December 31, enforces restrictions to minimize the risk of wildfires during peak fire-prone periods. Exceptions to the burning prohibitions include small fires for specific purposes such as food preparation, warmth, or light, provided adequate safety measures are observed, and burning activities conducted when the ground is covered by one inch or more of snow.
      The West Virginia Forestry Department urges residents to remain vigilant and adhere to fire safety guidelines to safeguard the state's valuable forest resources. Further information on fire laws and burning regulations can be accessed through the department's website.
      As West Virginia enters the Spring Fire Season, cooperation and adherence to fire safety protocols are essential to mitigate the threat of forest fires and protect the state's natural environment.
      For more information, please visit: https://wvforestry.com/fire-laws/

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      In a recent regular meeting held by the Greenbrier County Commission at the Greenbrier County Courthouse, a range of topics was discussed and decisions were made to address various issues pertinent to the community. Here's a rundown of the key points covered during the meeting.
      The Commission began by approving the minutes of the February 27th regular meeting and equalization review hearings. Additionally, budget revisions were reviewed and approved, including increases for communication center maintenance and law enforcement departmental supplies.
      Cindy Alley, the Fiduciary Supervisor, presented settlements for several estates, which were approved by the Commission. Exonerations and improper county splits were also reviewed and approved.
      A transfer of funds for arts and recreation purposes, specifically for gating at the Sportsplex, was discussed and approved.
      The Commission reviewed bids received for excavation, forming, pouring, finishing, and cleaning up concrete for the Emergency Communications Center shelter placement project. After careful consideration, the bid from Treadways Dirt Work in Rainelle for $14,504 was accepted.
      Discussion centered around project closeout submittals related to the Meadow River Trail restoration project, which suffered damage during the 2016 flood. The Commission approved the final cost for restoration, totaling $569,489.39, for submission to FEMA and the West Virginia Emergency Management Division.
      The Commission considered support for hazard mitigation projects, including two elevation projects and a demolition and reconstruction project for structures damaged during the 2016 flood. Local shares for these projects were discussed and approved, totaling $400 for advertising costs.
      Updates were provided on the ongoing renovations at the Health Department, including the installation of flooring and suspended ceiling grids. Once completed, the new addition will house the clinic, providing improved facilities for the community.
      The Commission reminded the public about the availability of arts and recreation grant applications, which must be submitted by April 19th for consideration.
      The meeting concluded with a motion to adjourn, with all agenda items addressed and decisions made.
      Overall, the Greenbrier County Commission meeting proved to be productive, with important decisions made to address various community needs and initiatives. The Commission remains committed to serving the citizens of Greenbrier County and ensuring the efficient allocation of resources for the betterment of the community.


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      The Greenbrier County Commission convened its regular session on February 27, 2024, addressing a spectrum of crucial topics pertinent to the well-being of the community. A comprehensive overview of estate settlements, financial approvals, and updates on significant infrastructure endeavors dominated the agenda, reflecting the commission's dedication to fostering progress and prosperity.
      The meeting commenced with a solemn prelude and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a heartfelt prayer invoking divine guidance for the commissioners in their noble undertaking. With the approval of minutes from the previous session, the stage was set for deliberations on estate settlements and exonerations, expertly navigated by Cindy Elliott, the fiduciary supervisor.
      Cindy Elliott presented six estates up for final settlement, each meticulously reviewed and duly approved by the commission. Additionally, matters pertaining to exonerations, county splits, and consolidations from the assessor's office received thorough consideration and endorsement.
      Financial affairs assumed center stage as the commission deliberated on budget revisions and line-item transfers. Notable among these revisions were allocations earmarked for law enforcement overtime, mental health contributions, and emergency services, underscoring the commission's unwavering commitment to ensuring public safety and welfare.
      Of significant importance were the payment requests concerning key infrastructure projects, notably the Greenbrier County Gig Ready Broadband Project and the waterline extension initiative. Approval of a $290,500 disbursement for planning and technical services for the broadband project signified a pivotal step toward expanding broadband access countywide. Likewise, authorization of a $1,531.25 payment for legal fees associated with the waterline extension project marked substantial progress in fortifying water infrastructure and accessibility.
      Despite swirling rumors, commissioners reaffirmed their steadfast commitment to advancing these projects, emphasizing their dedication to fulfilling the needs of the community.
      A focal point of discussion was the proposal put forth by the Greenbrier Historical Society to restore Andrew Lewis Park and the Lewis Spring House. In contrast to prior suggestions for a parking garage, the historical society advocated for the construction of a pedestrian crosswalk across US 219, coupled with plans to enhance the park for public enjoyment. Proposals included restoring the park, creating new flower beds, and revitalizing the area to its former grandeur.
      Furthermore, the commission sought to apprise the public of logistical considerations amidst ongoing courthouse construction, urging individuals involved in court hearings to liaise with their legal representatives or the courts for guidance. As the meeting concluded, the commission underscored its unwavering commitment to prioritizing community welfare and development, setting a positive trajectory for the county's future endeavors.


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      The Greenbrier County Commission convened for its regular session, confronting pivotal issues including a contentious property dispute and logistical adjustments for the upcoming primary election amidst renovations to the historic Greenbrier County Courthouse.
      The commission grappled with a familial dispute over the estate of, a longtime resident of Greenbrier County. Brothers Daniel and Michael, fraternal twins, found themselves at odds regarding the fate of their family home. Fiduciary Commissioner Shear presented exhaustive recommendations following meticulous investigations and consultations with the involved parties.
      Commissioner Shear's recommendations, accepted by the commission, advocate for an amicable resolution between the siblings regarding the property's ownership. Should a consensus prove elusive, the property may be subject to sale, with equitable distribution of proceeds among the brothers.
      With renovations underway at the esteemed Greenbrier County Courthouse, the commission approved alternative locations for early voting during the 2024 primary election. The Romano Law Office annex and the Rupert Community Building were designated as primary early voting sites, ensuring accessibility and convenience for voters amidst the courthouse renovations.
      In a bid to rejuvenate the local landscape, the commission greenlit a grant of $572,000 from the Division of Environmental Protection. This funding will facilitate the demolition of derelict and abandoned properties scattered throughout Greenbrier County, enhancing community aesthetics and safety.
      Furthermore, the commission deliberated on the transfer of a portion of property to the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation, valued at approximately $150,000. This strategic transfer aims to catalyze economic development endeavors within the county, fostering growth and prosperity for residents.
      As the meeting concluded, the Greenbrier County Commission reiterated its unwavering commitment to serving the best interests of the community. By fostering transparency, collaboration, and pragmatic solutions, the commission remains steadfast in its mission to navigate complex challenges and propel Greenbrier County toward a prosperous future.
      The courthouse renovations serve as a symbol of ongoing progress and revitalization within Greenbrier County, reflecting the community's resilience and determination in overcoming obstacles and embracing positive change.


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      In a recent regular county commission meeting held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, the Greenbrier County Commission delved into various matters crucial to the community. The meeting, led by Lou Kelly, began with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the proceedings.
      The commission commenced with routine business, approving the minutes of the January 9, 2024 regular meeting. Further, settlements of estates under the guidance of Fiduciary Supervisor Cindy Alley and considerations of exonerations, county splits, and consolidations led by Joe Darnell, Assessor, were addressed.
      County Clerk Robin Loudermilk presented financial approvals, including arts and recreation transfers, budget revisions, line item transfers, and bill payments. The meticulous scrutiny of these financial matters ensures responsible governance and allocation of resources.
      Under new business, the commission tackled critical issues: Change Order #5 for the Meadow River Rail Trail project, funded by the WVDOH TAP grant, was considered. This change order, amounting to $107,788.09, focused on essential improvements to the Corliss Road access, ensuring smooth project implementation.
      The commission reviewed employment applications for new hires at the Greenbrier County 911 Center. Kimryn Glover and Whitney Harris were proposed as candidates, bringing diverse skills and backgrounds to enhance the center's operations.
      The separation of employment for Christopher Bennett from the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department was confirmed. Additionally, the commission considered the appointment of a fiduciary commissioner, recognizing the importance of additional oversight in certain cases.
      Discussions centered around amendments to the agreement between the Greenbrier County Commission and CityNet LLC, aiming to streamline the process of poll attachment agreements for the GigReady Broadband Project.
      A resolution to facilitate agreements and memoranda of understanding between the commission and Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation was discussed. The focus was on ensuring the transferability of poll attachment agreements held by CityNet LLC for the GigReady Broadband Project.
      Two bids were presented for the construction of a communication equipment shelter for the Greenbrier County 911 agency. The bids from Cell Site Solutions LLC and IP Incorporated were evaluated based on cost, delivery time, and compliance with requirements.
      As the meeting progressed, the commission wisely decided to recess certain agenda items, including the consideration of amendments to the management and operations agreement. This strategic move allows for a thorough review by legal counsel before final decisions are made.
      The Greenbrier County Commission demonstrated its commitment to transparent and informed decision-making, addressing various facets crucial to the community's well-being. The community eagerly awaits further developments as these initiatives progress.


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      As West Virginia braces for an impending winter storm, Governor Jim Justice has declared a State of Emergency for all 55 counties in the state. The announcement, made on Thursday, January 18, 2024, comes in response to forecasts from the National Weather Service predicting heavy snowfall, dangerous wind chills, and strong winds.
      Governor Justice urged all West Virginians to be prepared for the potential impact of the winter storm. In a statement, he emphasized the importance of staying informed through emergency officials and media outlets. Additionally, he advised citizens to be ready for possible power outages and encouraged them to check on neighbors and loved ones.
      The State of Emergency enables state agencies to coordinate efforts in advance of the weather event. This includes the pre-positioning of personnel, vehicles, equipment, and other assets to ensure a swift and effective response.
      Earlier this month, Governor Justice had issued a State of Preparedness for all 55 counties, which remains in effect. This proactive measure allows the state to be ready for any emergencies that may arise.
      EMD Director GE McCabe emphasized the potential challenges posed by the storm, including difficult travel, extreme cold, and other hazardous conditions. The EMD is working closely with local offices of emergency management, state and federal partners, and utility companies to assist and respond as needed.
      The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is on standby, with emergency management staff operating 24/7 to monitor weather changes and relay critical information to agency leaders for immediate action. EMD remains in constant contact with all county emergency management agencies, providing non-emergency numbers for citizens seeking local assistance.
      WVDOH crews are actively engaged in snow removal and ice control operations throughout the week. With a stockpile of over 231,000 tons of salt, the department is well-prepared for varying snowfall amounts. The WVDOH has over 1,000 trucks equipped with plows and salt-spreading capabilities, ensuring continuous coverage on roadways 24/7.
      Priority routes, categorized into four levels, guide the deployment of resources. Motorists are reminded to exercise caution, slow down, and give snowplow drivers the necessary space to carry out their duties.
      The National Weather Service predicts a low-pressure system bringing accumulating snow across the region, with the highest amounts of 8 to 12 inches in the northeastern mountains of West Virginia. Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are in effect across the area, with frigid weather expected over the weekend.
      An additional arctic air blast following the system will bring dangerous wind chills. A thaw is anticipated during the next work week, with rain expected as temperatures rise.
      West Virginians are urged to stay vigilant, follow updates from authorities, and take necessary precautions during this winter weather event. The state's coordinated response aims to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents across the 55 counties.
      Source: https://governor.wv.gov/News/press-releases/2024/Pages/Gov.-Justice-declares-State-of-Emergency-for-all-55-counties-ahead-of-winter-storm.aspx

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      In a recent Greenbrier County Commission meeting held on January 9, 2024, several important agenda items were discussed, making it a crucial session for local governance.
      The meeting commenced with the prelude, led by Kelly, and the Pledge of Allegiance, fostering a sense of unity and patriotism among attendees. The first order of business was the election of the President of the County Commission for 2024. Tammy Tincher was nominated and elected, continuing the tradition of having the outgoing member serve as the President.
      The Commission then affirmed the meeting days, times, and courthouse hours, setting the stage for a productive year ahead. The approval of the 2024 holiday calendar, aligned with state schedules, ensured a systematic approach to county operations throughout the year.
      Commissioners reviewed and confirmed their assignments to various committees, acknowledging their roles in key decision-making bodies. The schedule for the Board of Equalization & Review was established, with a focus on addressing assessments and ensuring fair property valuations.
      Under the regular business agenda, the Commission approved minutes from the December 26, 2023, meeting and revised the October 10, 2023, minutes for accuracy. Settlements of estates, exonerations, county splits, and consolidations were also addressed, demonstrating the Commission's commitment to financial transparency.
      Financial approvals, presented by County Clerk Robin Loudermilk, included arts and recreation transfers, budget revisions, line item transfers, and bill payments. These financial decisions aimed to ensure responsible fiscal management for the county.
      The Commission welcomed new additions to key positions, considering employment applications for the Greenbrier County Tax Office and Greenbrier County Home Confinement. Haley Holiday and Jeffrey Snyder were recommended for approval, bringing their expertise to vital county roles.
      Additionally, the Commission acknowledged the separation of employment for Olivia Simms from the Greenbrier County 4-H Extension Office and granted legislative leave of absence to Senator Vince Deeds. Curtis Crookshanks was reappointed to the Greenbrier Public Service District #2 Board, showcasing continuity in essential service positions.
      The meeting concluded with updates on construction projects, emphasizing progress in the courthouse and town department buildings. The commissioners expressed satisfaction with the ongoing developments and emphasized the need for timely completion.
      As the clock struck 10:25, the Commission motioned to adjourn the meeting, wrapping up a session marked by prudent decision-making and a focus on the county's welfare. The commitment to transparency, responsible governance, and strategic planning were evident throughout, setting a positive tone for Greenbrier County in 2024.


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      In a routine yet critical meeting, the Greenbrier County Commission tackled a variety of issues pertinent to the county's governance on December 26, 2023. The meeting commenced with a customary invocation and the pledge of allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the session.
      Fiduciary supervisor Cindy Alley presented settlements for seven estates: Rosemary Eve Bugus, Bernice Ellen Johnston, Robert Lee Davis, Betty Jean Brown, Sylvia Ann Williams, Freddie Keith Baston, and Roy Sherman Perry. The commission approved these settlements without amendments.
      In the absence of the county clerk, Kelly oversaw the presentation of financial requests. Notable approvals included funds for Melodon River Trail, Green Bay Valley Theater, and Alderson Main Street. The total financial requests amounted to $52,069.86, all of which were approved.
      Two budget revisions were proposed and accepted during the meeting. The first involved an increase in prosecutor travel expenses, while the second concerned the allocation of VOCA funds for the sheriff's department. Both revisions were approved unanimously.
      The Commission approved the rehire of Billy Mitchell as Deputy Sheriff, acknowledging his past service. Franklin Campbell's application for part-time employment at the Greenbrier 911 Center was also approved.
      Additionally, the separation of employment for Lucas Kessler from the Sheriff's Department was confirmed, along with the retirement of Janet King from the prosecutor's office. Steven Simmons was promoted to the position of Greenbrier County Building Code official following the retirement of Bob Ford.
      The proposed project budget for the Greenbrier County Gig Ready Project was approved without any changes. The total budget amounted to $17,254,650, incorporating state funds and county matches.
      The Commission greenlit a network design amendment for the Quinnwood area broadband project, involving an additional cost of $41,000. The funds will be reallocated from one budget line to pay invoices incurred by the Internet Service Provider (ISP). This decision was made with the understanding that the ISP requires this documentation before moving forward.
      The meeting concluded with the Commission expressing optimism for the future and a commitment to serving the best interests of Greenbrier County. Decisions made during this session are expected to have a lasting impact on the county's administrative, financial, and technological landscape in the coming year.

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      As winter's icy grip tightens on West Virginia, the state's Division of Highways (WVDOH) has been proactively combatting hazardous road conditions caused by the recent winter weather event. Since Monday, December 18, 2023, WVDOH crews have been tirelessly treating roads with a combination of salt brine and rock salt, ensuring the safety of motorists across the state.
      Joe Pack, the Chief Engineer of District Operations for WVDOH, highlighted the department's commitment to public safety, stating, “Trucks and drivers have been on standby ready to address roadway conditions hours before the snow began falling. Drivers will stay on patrol within their assigned areas until the storm passes and conditions improve.”
      In preparation for winter storms, snowplow drivers from WVDOH and the Parkways Authority are deployed in 12-hour shifts to keep the roads clear. The state boasts an impressive arsenal of resources, with a stockpile of over 231,000 tons of salt and a fleet of more than 1,000 snowplows, each equipped to handle various road conditions.
      A single snowplow holds up to 12 tons of salt, sufficient to treat approximately 100 lane miles of road. This equates to about a 50-mile stretch of two-lane road or around 25 miles of four-lane highway, underlining the state's comprehensive approach to tackling winter weather challenges.
      To efficiently manage their efforts, WVDOH has classified roads into four priorities. Priority 1 routes encompass critical roadways like interstates, expressways, and national highway systems. Priority 2 routes cover school bus routes not classified as Priority 1, while Priority 3 routes include the remaining roads, excluding park and forest routes. Priority 4 routes specifically address park and forest routes.
      As the winter storm persists, WVDOH urges motorists to exercise caution, advising them to reduce speed in icy and snowy conditions. Additionally, drivers are reminded to be vigilant when near snowplows. If attempting to pass, ensure visibility to the plow driver and, when a plow approaches from the opposite direction, pull over to the right as much as safely possible.
      For the latest updates on travel conditions throughout West Virginia, residents are encouraged to visit wv511.org. The website provides real-time information to help individuals plan their routes and navigate the challenging winter conditions safely. The WVDOH remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the well-being of the state's residents during winter weather events.
      Source: https://transportation.wv.gov/communications/PressRelease/Pages/WVDOH_crews_actively_treating_roads_during_winter_weather_event.aspx

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      In a ceremony at the Town Council Meeting last night, the Town of Rainelle proudly introduced Chief Mike Evans as its new Chief of Police. Chief Evans, a native West Virginian with a distinguished 25-year career in law enforcement, was officially sworn in, marking the beginning of a new era for the Rainelle Police Department.
      Having recently retired from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, Chief Evans brings a wealth of experience and administrative expertise to the small community of Rainelle. The selection of Chief Evans reflects the town's commitment to enhancing its police force and ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents.
      Chief Evans's extensive background in law enforcement includes a range of roles and responsibilities that position him as an ideal leader for Rainelle. His experience encompasses both fieldwork and administrative duties, providing a well-rounded perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing modern law enforcement agencies.
      The Town of Rainelle looks forward to Chief Evans's leadership, anticipating positive changes and continued dedication to community-oriented policing. Chief Evans's commitment to transparency, accountability, and community engagement aligns with the town's values, setting the stage for a collaborative and effective approach to law enforcement.
      As Chief Evans assumes his new role, the Town of Rainelle expresses gratitude to the outgoing leadership and looks ahead to a safer and more secure future under the guidance of its new Chief of Police. Residents are encouraged to engage with Chief Evans and the police department as they work together to build a stronger, safer community for everyone.


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      In a regularly scheduled meeting, the Greenbrier County Commission convened to discuss and decide upon various matters crucial to the local community. The meeting, held on [meeting date], covered a range of topics, from approval of minutes to bids for services and personnel matters.
      The meeting commenced with a prelude, led by Kelly, followed by an invocation, seeking divine guidance for the proceedings. The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag was recited, affirming unity and shared values.
      The approval of minutes from the previous meetings on November 28th and December 1st was the first order of business. The Commission reviewed the minutes, and a motion for approval was made and carried unanimously.
      Next on the agenda were settlements for several estates presented by Fiduciary Commissioner Cindy Alley. The estates in question included those of Nancy Lee Schauber, Maxine Ford Wanger, Norman Dwight Levasy, Patricia Peep Butcher, Nancy Lula of Bryan Todd Allen Sheffield, and Sandra Gail Standard. The Commission approved the settlements, acknowledging the fiduciary's report.
      The Commission also deliberated on exonerations, county splits, and consolidations presented by Assessor Joe Darnell. The motions for approval of these matters were carried after careful consideration.
      Financial matters took center stage with the county clerk's request for approval of fund transfers and budget revisions. Invoices for the Meadow River Trail and engineering services were scrutinized and approved, with the reminder that these expenses were covered by grant funds.
      The Commission addressed a budget revision, allocating additional funds for law enforcement overtime, reimbursed by the Greenbrier County Board of Education. The motion for approval was carried, ensuring necessary funding for public safety.
      Reviewing bills from the past two weeks, the Commission made a motion to approve payments. All invoices were vetted and confirmed to be reimbursed from appropriate grant allocations.
      Fiduciary Commissioner Mr. Allen presented the report and recommendation for the estate of Todd Allen Sheffield, #3705. The Commission, after the recusal of Commissioner Phillips, approved the report and recommendations, expressing gratitude for the diligent work done.
      A significant part of the meeting was the consideration and approval of the 2023 Homeland Security Grant for the Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department's Hazmat PPE project. The grant, awarded through the Greenbrier County Commission, will support crucial safety measures and equipment for the community.
      The Commission also touched upon the Emergency Management Performance grant, which was temporarily removed from consideration due to pending paperwork.
      The meeting addressed the bid for snow removal services, emphasizing the importance of securing efficient services for the upcoming winter season. The Commission confirmed the reception of one bid from Terra CARE and pledged to review it for approval.
      Additionally, the single audit contract for the fiscal year 2022-2023 was awarded to BHM CPA Group after a thorough evaluation process.
      Personnel matters were not overlooked, with the Commission approving the employment application of Crystal Dawn Byer for the Greenbrier County Circuit Court.
      The meeting concluded with the documentation of separations of employment for several individuals who had left county positions over the previous months. Each separation was confirmed, recognizing the contributions of the departing staff.
      In the final agenda item, the Commission considered and approved payment for Resolution #2 for Greenbrier County Public Service District #2's water line extension project. The funds will be sourced from the American Rescue Plan allocation committed by the county.
      As the meeting adjourned, the Commission expressed gratitude for the community's engagement and participation, reinforcing its commitment to addressing the needs and concerns of Greenbrier County residents.


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      In a special meeting held on December 7, 2023, the Greenbrier County Commission reconvened to address crucial matters related to the 911 system upgrade. The meeting, initially convened on the previous Friday, had been placed in recess and resumed to discuss and approve significant contracts.
      The primary focus of the meeting was the consideration and approval of contracts related to the 911 system upgrade, specifically the Motorola console contract and the Avior contract for the 911 System upgrade project.
      The meeting commenced with a motion to reconvene, following which the commissioners discussed the two key items on the agenda from the previous meeting. The first item discussed was the Motorola contract for the 911 system upgrade, specifically the console contract, amounting to $2,229,575.
      Commissioner Jordan provided detailed insights into the contract, emphasizing the significance of the console upgrade as a pivotal component of the entire project. The commissioners expressed confidence in their understanding of the project's scope, including considerations for funding and potential new infrastructure, such as towers.
      A key highlight of the Motorola contract was the phased invoicing approach, with payments due upon equipment delivery and system acceptance, spreading the financial impact over time. The commissioners raised questions about compatibility with existing systems, and assurances were given that the new equipment would seamlessly integrate with the mobile command center and other components.
      Following the discussion, a motion was made and approved for the purchase of the Motorola console contract, considering it a single-source contract due to the existing agreement between Motorola and the state. The commissioners emphasized the reputation and reliability of Motorola, making it the preferred choice for Greenbrier County's 911 center.
      The second item on the agenda was the Avior contract, a separate agreement for the microwave system essential for communication between towers. The contract, totaling $162,700.41, was also unanimously approved after a motion was made by one of the commissioners.
      The commissioners acknowledged the importance of these contracts in maintaining competitive pricing and ensuring the smooth integration of the upgraded systems. They highlighted that the approvals were critical to prevent potential increases in contract prices.
      The meeting concluded with discussions about future considerations, including land acquisition, right-of-way acquisition, and the potential need for engineering services for the tower construction. Commissioner Jordan outlined plans to explore existing state contracts for tower components and construction to expedite the process.
      The commissioners expressed their commitment to moving forward swiftly with the project, understanding the various components involved, and acknowledging the need for careful planning.
      As the meeting adjourned, a motion was made and unanimously approved, signifying the conclusion of the special session at the Greenbrier County Courthouse.
      The Greenbrier County Courthouse remains committed to modernizing its 911 system to enhance emergency services for the community, with these recent contract approvals marking a significant step towards achieving that goal.


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      The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to the community for assistance in locating Trinity Aaron Bennett, a 42-year-old white male who was reported missing on Wednesday, December 6, 2023. Friends reported that Bennett was last seen or heard from around October 25, 2023, in the Rupert area of Greenbrier County.
      Trinity Aaron Bennett is described as approximately 5'11 inches in height, weighing 179 pounds, with reddish-brown hair and striking blue eyes. A photograph of Mr. Bennett is included below to aid in identification efforts.
      Friends of the missing individual have expressed concern for his well-being, prompting the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department to escalate efforts to locate him. The department is urging anyone with information about Trinity Aaron Bennett's whereabouts to come forward.
      Captain K.L. Sawyers of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department is the designated point of contact for any information related to Mr. Bennett's disappearance. Captain Sawyers can be reached directly at 304-647-6634. Additionally, individuals can choose to share information through private messaging on the official Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department page.
      The community is encouraged to come forward with any information, no matter how small it may seem, as it could be crucial to the investigation. The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department expresses gratitude for any assistance provided and reassures the public that all information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
      In times like these, community collaboration is vital in ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents. The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department remains committed to resolving this matter swiftly and bringing closure to Trinity Aaron Bennett's friends and family.
      If you have any information about Trinity Aaron Bennett or his possible whereabouts, please contact Captain K.L. Sawyers at 304-647-6634. Your cooperation is invaluable in helping to reunite Mr. Bennett with his loved ones.
      **Update on Thursday, December 07, 2023. Information has been received and followed up on that leads us to believe that Mr. Bennett is fine and still in the Rupert area of Greenbrier County. As always, we appreciate all of the help we received!**


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      In a Special County Commission Meeting held on December 1, 2023, the Greenbrier County Commission convened to discuss and consider various matters, with a key focus on the approval of the Vesta contract as part of the Motorola system upgrade to the 911 project.
      The meeting commenced at 2:39 PM, with Commissioners Phillips and Rose present in person. The agenda included discussions on the Motorola system upgrade for the 911 project, specifically pertaining to the Vesta contract and its significance in the emergency communication center.
      Jordan, representing the commission, provided insights into the Vesta system, emphasizing its role as the primary call-taking platform for dispatchers handling emergency and administrative calls. The current system, installed in 2016, is due for a necessary hardware refresh and software update.
      Commissioner Rose sought clarification on the relationship between the Vesta contract and a previously approved service contract agreement. Jordan explained that the earlier service contract was for the existing infrastructure and would be replaced by a new service contract once the updated hardware was installed.
      Commissioner Phillips, seeking further clarification, confirmed that the new service contract would cover the compensation for the new equipment related to the Vesta system. Jordan affirmed, confirming that the service agreement for five years was included in the presented contract.
      Following the discussions, Commissioner Rose motioned for the approval of item number one on the agenda, specifically the Motorola contract for the 911 system upgrade, focusing on the Vesta phones. The motion included the total contract value of $86,565.
      The motion was seconded, and after a brief discussion, the Commissioners voted in favor, approving the Vesta contract as part of the Motorola system upgrade.
      The meeting agenda also included contracts related to consoles and the Avia contract, which were tabled for consideration at a future date.
      Before adjournment, Commissioner Rose proposed to recess the meeting to allow for further clarification on certain items and reconvene before the next scheduled meeting. The motion to recess was approved, and the meeting concluded at 8:35 PM Eastern Time.
      The Greenbrier County Commission demonstrated its commitment to ensuring the efficiency and functionality of the emergency communication center by approving the essential Vesta contract, contributing to the overall upgrade of the 911 project.


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      In a pivotal regular meeting on November 28, 2023, the Greenbrier County Commission addressed a range of issues impacting the community, from budgetary revisions to personnel matters and significant contract considerations.
      The proceedings kicked off with a prelude and an invocation led by Kelly and Rosanna. The attendees then united in the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the session. The Commission began by approving minutes from the regular meeting on November 14th and a special meeting on November 20th, ensuring an accurate record of past discussions and decisions.
      Commissioner Phillips led discussions on financial matters, covering arts and recreation transfers, exonerations, and county splits and consolidations. The financial proposals were approved through motions, showcasing the Commission's commitment to fiscal responsibility.
      Ruthanna Beasley from the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation sought continued support from the Commission. A resolution for financial backing was approved, emphasizing the Commission's dedication to economic growth and collaboration.
      The Commission took a moment to acknowledge the retirement of Robert Ford from the Greenbrier County Planning and Permit Office, thanking him for his years of service.
      A notable hiring decision was made in the Greenbrier County Prosecutor's Office, where Alison Burke was approved for a position. Additionally, the 911 Center saw approvals for the hiring of two full-time and one part-time employee, demonstrating the Commission's commitment to enhancing public safety.
      Discussions around contracts for the 911 system upgrade project, involving Motorola and Aviat, were deferred to future meetings. The decision reflects the Commission's thorough approach to major contractual agreements.
      A significant revision to the employee handbook was approved, clarifying the eligibility criteria for fringe benefits. The revision stipulates a 40-hour work week for full-time status, providing clarity for employees and supervisors.
      Updates were provided on ongoing construction projects at the courthouse and health department. The positive progress indicated the Commission's commitment to improving community infrastructure.
      Residents were encouraged to inquire about public water availability in specific areas by contacting Public Service District #2, underlining the Commission's commitment to expanding essential services.
      The meeting concluded with a motion for adjournment, marking the end of a session that saw the Commission make impactful decisions, reaffirming their dedication to the betterment of Greenbrier County and its residents.


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