County approves fireman’s parade funding

ELKINS — Randolph County Commissioners have approved a funding request for the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival Elkins Volunteer Fire Department Fireman’s Parade.

Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor and Commissioner Mark Scott voted to make a contribution of $1,500 to the event — to be taken out of the hotel/motel tax budget line — which is set for 8 p.m. on Oct. 5.

“It’s the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival here in a couple weeks. The fire department is coming to the county commission to ask if you all would be willing to donate $1,500 toward the fireman’s parade this year,” Tyler Harris, Elkins Volunteer Fire Department firefighter, said. “The fireman’s parade is what the fire department puts on. It is not funded by the forest festival, it’s all put on by the fire department. That money would go toward feeding the 250-300 firefighters and for trophies and stuff of that nature.”

Prior to approving the request, Taylor said the parade is a tradition that he feels the county commission wants to see continue.

“It’s a tradition that I don’t think we want to see stop,” Taylor said. “I wouldn’t want it to be under this commission’s watch.”

Scott added he is impressed by the number of fire departments from across the state that participate in the parade.

“I know we have at least 100 fire trucks from all over the area. I know I’ve walked that line before, talking to all the different fire departments, and it’s impressive how far that line of trucks goes,” Scott said.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved a contractual agreement with Peggy Young Ross to assist with grant writing applications.

• Approved a proposal for updates to the existing contract for postage machines from Pitney Bowes.

• Approved the appointment of Lisa Tomblyn-Preusch to the Elkins-Randolph County Health Department board of directors.