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Sanitation costs after storm topped $10,000

September 24, 2012
By Casey Houser Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The extra costs to pick up garbage following the destructive storm that battered the state of West Virginia in June totaled more than $10,000 in Randolph County, officials said at a recent Randolph County Commission meeting.

Tygarts Valley Sanitation was required to work for longer hours and pick up an excess of garbage that was placed outside residences as a result of the damages, Tim Hornick, president of Tygarts Valley Sanitation, said Thursday.

The County Commission asked the sanitation company to work above their normal means, stating the county would pay any overages, Hornick said

"I'm satisfied in my mind that it was a necessary expense," Commission President Mike Taylor said.

Hornick stated $10,121 in additional tipping fees were required in the month of July.

In an average month, TVS normally pays $44,168 in tipping fees, the charges levied on waste delivered to a waste processing facility. July's total was $54,289.

The commission voted this week to grant a total of $10,121 to the sanitation company.

Commissioners said they will contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency in an attempt to be reimbursed for the cost of the extra sanitation work.

Also during the meeting, a presentation was given by a younger generation.

Rachel Crawford and Kayla Bassoff, students at Midland Elementary School, spoke in honor of Constitution Week.

The students read descriptions of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, the House of Representatives and the Senate, among other parts of the government.

"It's a pleasure to have such fine ladies come up here and be part of the Constitution Week," Taylor said.

Later in the meeting, Chelley Depp of the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau presented the bureau's annual report.

She listed the bureau's fiscal breakdown, co-op partners, sponsorships, advertising efforts and website statistics.

"The Randolph County Visitors Bureau has nothing to hide," Depp said.

"I'm impressed with the numbers that you are showing me here," Taylor said.

Following the overall report, Depp asked the commission for funding.

Traditionally, requests come as they are needed throughout the year. But Depp suggested it would be simpler for the commission to grant a lump sum to the bureau. The bureau would then be able to allocate funds directly.

"We'd like to consider that, for the future," Taylor said.

Commissioners said they would take the funding request under consideration.

In other news, commissioners voted to grant $5,000 to the Randolph County Community Arts Center. The center is asking various bodies to match grants received which total $10,458.

The commission also granted $4,500 for this year's People's Law School, organized by Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong.

Brenda Dailey will have her costs paid by the commission as she seeks recertification as the county medical examiner.

North Central Community Corrections has transferred a 2008 Dodge Avenger to the commission. The commission has, in return, given corrections $8,000. This money will be used in the purchase of a new community corrections 4-wheel drive vehicle.

The next County Commission meeting is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 4.

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