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February 10, 2013

State grant for Frankfort pantry to go on

After Fort Ashby fire, money meant to help restore food, equipment costs

KEYSER, W.Va. — The community participation grant for the Frankfort District Food Pantry is moving forward and the approval of the revised grant application is on the agenda for the Tuesday Mineral County Commission meeting.

The commission provided former president Cindy Pyles the authorization to sign the grant in November but it will now need to be signed by current president Janice LaRue, according to Mike Bland, county coordinator.

The grant was delayed because the county was attempting to ascertain what entity it needed to contact to get its paperwork in order.

In July, a fire broke out in Fort Ashby and destroyed 4,000 cans of food at the pantry, as well as some equipment.

Following the fire, there was a request from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office for $7,000, which included $3,000 for food and $4,000 for equipment, Bland said during the November meeting.

The food pantry reopened in September.

“The one issue that remains is that we got the application (but) the food was an ineligible activity,” said Bland during a November commission meeting. “It’s still $7,000, but it looks like it needs to be all equipment.”

Also on the agenda are several new hiring requests, including one by Circuit Clerk Krista Dixon and Assessor Rose Ann Maine.

Sheriff Jeremy Taylor has an appointment at 11 a.m. to discuss the possibility of adding psychological evaluations and polygraphs as part of the hiring process.

Taylor said that those stipulations aren’t part of the hiring process and that they would cost extra money.

If the commission accepts the stipulations, it would become part of the hiring process for the recently advertised deputy sheriff position.

The sheriff’s department advertised for the position on Facebook with an application deadline of Jan. 18.  

Typically, the various departments ask the county commission for permission to advertise for various positions and then return with a name of the person they plan to hire, according to Commissioner Richard Lechliter.

Also during the meeting, Jay Carter of the Potomac Valley Transit Authority will provide an annual report and make a budget request.

Other agenda items include a discussion by Nadene Jewell, administrative officer for the Potomac Valley Conservation District, about funding; Scott Clay will provide an update on the Federal Emergency Management  Agency flood plain ordinance; a general fund budget revision, P-card policy and procedures; employee handbook ap-proval; an approval and revised application for the community participation grant for the Keyser water system and a change in scope for the record preservation grant.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the commission meeting room behind the courthouse.

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