Mingo Commission addresses financial requests
WILLIAMSON - The Mingo County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, August 7 at 9 a.m., with Commissioners David Baisden and Greg “Hootie” Smith present. Commission President John Mark Hubbard was unable to attend.
The majority of the agenda consisted of financial requests from an assortment of organizations and groups including Christian Help, the Williamson Housing Authority, the Matewan Homecoming Committee and the Williamson Football Midget League, just to name a few.
The hotel/motel ordinance had its first reading, and is back on the agenda for the next commission meeting. The tax rate will rise from three percent to six percent upon becoming effective, which is a comparable tax rate to other locations within the state.
Christian Help presented a financial request for assistance in meeting their everyday expenses, speaking of the number of families in need with of help with their utility bills, clothing, furniture and food. The commissioners commented that this agency does a wonderful work in the county and awarded them a $5,000 donation, thanking them for their commitment and dedication to low-income families.
The Matewan Homecoming Committee requested assistance with their upcoming annual event, with representative Donna May Paterino and Matewan Council member Francine Jones addressing Smith and Baisden. An allotment of $2,000 was given by the commission. The Corridor G Regional Development Authority received $500 per their request and financial assistant was also awarded to Reubin Mitchell who heads up the Civil War Reenactment within the Town of Gilbert, for the purpose of purchasing powder and primer for the guns and primer, with the cost being a little over $500. The Williamson Midget League Football League was provided assistance in the amount of $1,000.
The commissioners had put information regarding intent to purchase a portable stage out to bid, but had no bids returned thus far. The stage will be co-owned by the commission and all the municipalities who invest in it, and will be available for events per a schedule requirement to assure there’s no conflict in dates of usage. The stage will be put back out to bid a second time.
The job of billing for the Mingo County Emergency Services ambulance will soon be put out to bid. The billing responsibilities have been, in the past, performed by county employees but the decision has been made to hire a private agency.
Leann Ray made a request on behalf of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce for assistance to purchase geocaching coins that will be handed out to tourists who travel to the Hatfield and McCoy sites competing in the treasure hunts. A motion was made and seconded to assist with the cost of the Hatfield and McCoy coins.
Commissioner Smith asked to remind the public that the elevator in the Annex Building that houses the magistrate court, the Williamson Library, the Day Report Program and the Mingo County Health Department will be closed until the end of September due to construction.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the County Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21, at 9 a.m. If you require more information or need placed on the agenda to speak, you may contact Tina Abbot at 304-235-0380.
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