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Highlights from Wednesday’s County Commission Meeting

By Derek Tyson, The Welch News Editor

WELCH, W.Va. – The McDowell County Commission held their regular meeting Wednesday, January 27th, 2021.

6 new hires were approved at Steven’s Correctional Center at Wednesday’s meeting. The Commission also welcomed new Deputy Logan Hairston on board for the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

Another agenda item up for consideration was approved $25,300 for ongoing engineering costs in the Bullcreek/Isaban Broadband project.

“This is already out to bid and will be a real blessing to the people in that area,” said Commission President Cecil Patterson.

The Commission also approved a $12,849.85 drawdown on the ongoing mapping project concerning dilapidated structures throughout the County.

“This is moving us forward to apply for demolition grants,” said Patterson. “The ARC tells us that we’re ahead of the rest of the state in this project.”

The Commission also approved the temporary usage of a building to the Town of Bradshaw, allowing them to continue Town operations while the current Town Hall is under renovation by the Army Corps of Engineers.

911 Center Director Teresa VanDyke addressed the Commission, seeking a purchase approval for 6 new computers to ensure compatibility within the 911 systems. It was approved.

In closing the meeting, Patterson commented on the growing number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths hitting McDowell County.

“It seems like everyday, someone we know is suffering from this virus or losing their lives,” said Patterson.

“I motion that we hold a moment of silence to honor all those we have lost during this time,” said Commissioner Michael Brooks.

It was approved unanimously and everyone in attendance participated.