By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - The Mingo County Commission met for their first regularly scheduled meeting of the month on Wednesday. Only a few members of the public were in attendance, and the agenda was not a lengthy one.
A proposed amendment concerning the Mingo County Abandoned Building/Dilapidated Structure Ordinance that would allow for the appointment of a qualified county employee who could serve on the Enforcement Agency was tabled until the next meeting since it has not yet been published.
Michael Fox of Elite EMS addressed the commission about being placed on the Mingo County 911 call list. He was informed of the steps he must take and the paperwork that must be completed prior to this happening. Fox stated that he would be sure to have everything in place by the next scheduled meeting.
Johnny Dingess, a resident of Merrimac, spoke of his concerns about the dilapidated condition of the community park in his neighborhood, and asked for assistance to complete the repairs, The property is owned by Alpha Natural Resources and the county commission pays the utilities.
Dingess said that a nine-year-old girl had sustained several injuries when a swing she was playing on broke, dropping her to the ground. Dingess said the child suffered back and spinal injuries and was hospitalized for several days. The commissioners told him they would speak with Alpha representatives concerning this matter, about the possibility of the property being donated to the county, which would then be responsible for repairs and upkeep.
Brian Haney of The Mingo Cal Ripken Babe Ruth League, requested financial assistance for its 2014 season and was granted a donation of $1,000.
A request from the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce was reviewed that also asked for financial assistance to help cover the expenses for the 2014 Hatfield and McCoy Marathon, scheduled in June. Commissioners Greg “Hootie” Smith, John Mark Hubbard and Mike Carter agreed on the amount of $2,500.
A fee schedule for the rental of the former Williamson High School gymnasium and cafeteria were set during Wednesday’s meeting, with a cost of $250 plus a $50 security deposit voted on and approved. The $50 deposit will be refunded if the facility is cleaned after the event. To reserve these facilities, interested individuals or groups are encouraged to call as far in advance as possible to the planned date to have a better chance of securing the rental. Interested parties may call Tina Abbott in the commission office at 304-235-0380.
The fee for AAU teams, as well as others, to utilize the gym for practice sessions not exceeding two hours will be $10 for the first two, and $5 after that.
Two court bailiffs were approved to attend certification and training sessions, per the request of their supervisor, Court Marshal Larry “Yogi” Croaff, who also asked that two of his employees, Kyle Morrison and Billy Sammons, receive a pay raise that will bring them up to $9 an hour. The raises were approved and will be effective Wednesday.
Loraine Vance, who serves as executive director for Mingo County 911, also requested pay raises for three of her employees. Vance explained that Tommy Dixon, who is employed as a dispatcher, has been in that position for almost 20 years and said that his pay rate doesn’t reflect his years of service. She requested that Dixon receive a $1 an hour raise, and received approval. Vance also asked for a $1 an hour raise for Josh Stacy and Christina Endicott, and those requests also were granted.
The next meeting of the commission is scheduled for May 20, at 4:30 p.m.