By Jean A. Flanagan
With the completion of the electrical wiring, the new 911 tower outside Wardensville should be up and running by the end of April. This according to Office of Emergency Management and 911 Center Director Paul Lewis.
Lewis provided the update to the Hardy County Commission at their regular meeting held Tuesday, April 4.
Lewis said the remaining work includes placing antennas on the tower and that should be completed soon, weather permitting. “Once all the antenna work has been completed, they will put the fencing back and the project should be complete,” he said.
Lewis has already set his sights on another 911 communications tower in the Mathias/Lost River area. He looked at the old fire tower site located within the Lost River State Park, but decided that would not be a feasible location.
“I think it would cost too much to run electricity there,” Lewis said. “There are some old lines, but they are not up to today’s standards and many of them are on the ground from trees falling on them.”
Commissioner David “Jay” Fansler said a cell phone tower company leased a site on his property in Mathias to build a tower, but nothing was ever done. “We signed an agreement a few years ago, but I haven’t heard from them since,” he said.
[private] Lewis said a tower in the Mathias/Lost River area would round out the 911 Center’s ability to communicate with all of Hardy County. “Other jurisdictions could use it as well,” he said.
Funding for tower construction is available through the federal Department of Homeland Security.
Lewis reported the new Mayor of Wardensville requested assistance in getting funding for generator service in case of emergencies. “They have a portable generator, but none of their locations have transfer switches,” he said.
Calls for service for the month of March were less than in February, Lewis reported. In February there were 643 total calls. In March there were 619. They are as follows:
Moorefield Police Department had 242 calls for service.
Hardy County Sheriff’s Department had 204 calls for service.
West Virginia State Police had 53 calls for service.
WV DNR had 9 calls for service.
Fraley Ambulance Service had 115 calls for service.
Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority had 48 calls for service.
Wardensville Volunteer Rescue Squad had 20 calls for service.
Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department had 28 calls for service.
Mathias/Baker Volunteer Fire Department had 11 calls for service.
Capon Valley Volunteer Fire Department had 9 calls for service.
North River Volunteer Fire Department had 3 calls for service.
Farm Safety Day
Dennis Funk from the Hardy County Farm Bureau and Dave Workman, WVU Extension Agent, appeared before the commission to request funding assistance for Farm Safety Day. It is scheduled for Thursday, May 11 and is geared to school-aged kids and families. “We do this every four years and target 8th to 11th graders,” Funk said.
The Farm Safety Day has two parts, one for students and one for families. The presentations include ATV Safety, Chain Saw Safety and Grain Bin and Silo Safety, to name a few.
“We have generally have about 350 students and about 100 families,” Workman said. “But this year, we are anticipating between 500 and 550 students.
“We look forward to doing this. It gives kids the opportunity to hear a message about the safety aspects of rural living.”
Funk said farm families have supported the Farm Safety Day as have farming businesses in Hardy County and Harrisonburg, Va.
They are requesting funding of $1,500.
Since the request was not on the agenda it was tabled until the April 18 meeting.
The payroll register for March 1 – 15 was $67,394.62.
‚Ä¢The payroll register for March 16 – 31 was $66,306.19
‚Ä¢The county‚Äôs contribution to the Farmland Preservation Board in March was $9,048.60.
‚Ä¢The regional jail bill for February was $48,539.50
‚Ä¢The commission approved a resolution promoting Fair Housing in Hardy County.
‚Ä¢The commission approved a Records Management Grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History to digitize the survey books in the County Clerk’s office and the land books in the Assessor’s office. The grant totaled $13,651 with a 10 percent match.
‚Ä¢The commission approved a grant application for two monitor stations and access control for the Circuit Judge’s office and upgrades for the courthouse cameras, X-ray/metal detection equipment and duress alarms. The $26,868 is being requested from the Courthouse Security Grant fund.
‚Ä¢The commission approved the County Clerk’s request to approve state budget revisions between now and the end of the fiscal year.
The next meeting of the Hardy County Commission will be held on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 9 a.m. Anyone wishing to be included on the agenda should call the County Clerk’s office at 304-530-0250. The meetings are open to the public. [/private]