Upshur Commission approves shelter policies

By Melissa Toothman

Staff Writer

Upshur County Commissioners approved new animal surrender and rescue agreements and policies and procedures for the Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility Thursday.

Commissioners also approved seven new volunteers, including Teri Riffle, Robin Keough, Cristy Lloyd, Shelley Phillips, Nikole English, Sandra Bennett and Christy Riffle, pending their signing and understanding of the newly approved policies and procedures.

“Volunteers are key to the success of any organization,” Commission President Donnie Tenney said. “You can’t save them all (animals), but we want to get as many adopted as possible.”

Tenney said his family recently went to the shelter and adopted a small dog, which is doing fine.

The animal control facility is located at 318 Mud Lick Road in Buckhannon. The shelter accepts puppies, dogs, kittens and cats. Owners may relinquish their unwanted pets and provide details about those pets that can then be provided to new prospective owners.

Also at Thursday’s meeting:

– A new face will join the County Commission as the assistant county administrator. Upon the recommendation of County Administrator Megan Pomeroy, Erin Fletcher will start her new duties on Aug. 12 at a starting rate of $8 per hour.

“We get several good applicants for positions here, and the problem is that you can only choose one,” Commissioner Troy Brady said. The approval followed an executive session.

– Commissioners approved a resolution for the receipt of its Court Security Fund Grant in the amount of $38,176.

“We share a common goal of protecting our citizens and communities against the threat of crime and violence,” Steven D. Canterbury, chairperson with the West Virginia Court Security Board, wrote in a letter addressed to Commission President Donnie Tenney. “Your participation in this project is a positive step toward achieving that goal.”

– Commissioners also approved a memorandum of understanding with Johnson Controls for a utility benchmark analysis to identify solutions that will maximize the energy savings and reduce operational costs of county-owned facilities. Those facilities include the Upshur County Courthouse, the Courthouse Annex, the Upshur County Health Department, the Extension Office, the Upshur County Pool and the Upshur County Public Library.

– Commissioners also announced they are searching for a Republican from the Washington District to serve on the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department Board. Anyone who qualifies and is interested is encouraged to contact the County Commission. The board already includes three Democrats.

The vacancy results from two board members who have announced they will be leaving, Betty Bailey and Dalton Cutright. The city of Buckhannon has already filled one vacancy.

“It would be nice to have a replacement on board,” Tenney said, then extended a thanks to the resigning board members for their service.

Commissioners also appointed Pomeroy to the Curry Library Advisory Board, replacing the term of Willie Parker, the former county administrator, whose term would have expired at the end of December 2015.