Commission approves repair funding

BUCKHANNON — With spikes installed on top of the courthouse to keep pesky pigeons from causing further damage, the Upshur County Commission approved funding of repairs at Thursday’s meeting.

TKS Contracting will provide labor and equipment to patch holes, install 45 linear feet of angle trim on front of dome and touch up painting on the dome for $11,120 under a change order approved Thursday. The Commission will provide the materials. This brings the contract total to $56,120.

Commissioner Terry Cutright moved to approve the changeover, seconded by commissioner Kristie Tenney.

Commission president Sam Nolte said the work should be completed by the end of next week. Nolte said doing the work now will hopefully save money in a couple of years. He also wanted to stress that there was not water coming into the courthouse dome. The repairs are being done to the cupola which sits on top of the dome.

In other business, the commission:

∫ approved the temporary seasonal employment of Cristal Linger as tax deputy at her current rate of pay effective June 17 through Sept. 30 for no more than one to two days per week.

∫ approved the employment of Richard R. Gordon and Mark A. Cunningham for part-time positions of courthouse security/bailiffs at $11 per hour effective July 1 to work no more than 19 ¢ hours per week.

∫ approved the reappointment of Susie McKisic as the EMS representative on the Upshur County Enhanced Emergency Telephone Advisory Board for a term to expire June 30, 2022.

∫ approved a court security grant contract agreement for $3,275.

∫ approved an agreement for courthouse network support, administration and consulting with Global Science and Technology, effective July 1. For a monthly basis in the sum of $1,790.

∫ heard from Kris Warren, state director, and Steve Collins, community programs specialist for USDA Rural Development, who presented an overview of USDA programs.