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Randolph Commission honors officers

Submitted photo Randolph County Commissioner Chris See displays one of the two plagues that the commission had made to honor Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady and West Virginia State Police Sergeant Chris Siler.

ELKINS — Honoring a pair of local soon-to-be retired law enforcement officers was among the topics discussed Thursday at the Randolph County Commission’s regular meeting.

Plaques that will be given to Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady and West Virginia State Police Sergeant Chris Siler were displayed during the meeting. They will be given to the officers for their many years of service in law enforcement and their contributions to the community.

“We were supposed to have a big shindig for them (Siler and Brady), but COVID has kind of interrupted that,” said Commissioner Mark Scott. “But we want to honor the retirements of Sheriff Brady and Sergeant Siler. And in their honor what we would like to do is send three of our state police officers and three sheriff deputies from the county to Charleston for training.”

The commission unanimously voted to send three state police officers and three deputies to Charleston for the classes, which will be held over the next month. The cost for each officer will be $270.

• The committee also approved forming a team to evaluate engineering proposals for the county pool and splash pad project at the Elks Club.

“Now that we have the proposals, we need to form a team to interview the firms and make a decision,” said Scott. “What we do is we sit down with them and talk about what they’re going to do, what we are willing to pay in order to have that done.”

The board agreed that all three commissioners, Scott, David Kesling and Chris See, would make up three of the four members on the committee, and that Peggy Ross would be the fourth member.

• The commission also approved funding for the Beverly Library. The facility, which is part of the Elkins Public Library, is located in the upstairs part of the Beverly Heritage Center.

“We originally received a request from them before COVID,” said Scott. “Since they weren’t going to be able to open the Library we thought we would consider it a little bit further down the road. With school started we thought it may be a good time to talk about it now.”

The commission approved unanimously to give the library $5,000 from the hotel-motel tax to help with any needs the facility may have.

• The committee set a date of Saturday, Nov. 7 to auction off some of the old county assets. Harvey Taylor will oversee the auction that will be at 10 a.m. behind the James Cain Courthouse Annex.

Some of the items to be auctioned include computers and cars.

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