By Stephen Smoot
The Harrison County Commission held its regular 11 AM meeting on Sept 13, taking a number of matters under consideration.
Commissioners were prepared to hold discussions concerning the closure of an alley in the Terra Alta development in Nutter Fort, but postponed due to concerned citizens unable to come at that time.
Later, the commission took under consideration an engagement letter from Steptoe and Johnson. This letter was sent “in connection with the negotiation and documentation of amendments to and an extension of site option agreements (the “Site Option Agreements”) by and among the County Commission, the Harrison County Development Authority (the “Authority”) and Wolf Summit Energy, LLC.” A letter of engagement is a standard protocol for law firms looking to take on a client.
Commissioners expressed a need to learn more details and agreed to reschedule discussion until the meeting two weeks hence. Susan Thomas, Harrison County Commission president, stated however, “I think we need to do this sooner rather than later.”
Wolf Summit, a subsidiary of GE Energy Financial Services, seeks to construct a “natural gas combined power plant” in Harrison County.
Next, commissioners heard a funding request from Fred Law on behalf of the Harrison County Livestock Association. On Sept 23, they will host a two-day livestock sale with the 4H and Future Farmers of America, featuring market steers, market hogs, market lambs, and market goats. Law requested funds to pay for “tents to house livestock animals and to have enclosed showing.”
Law explained that “This year, I request $3,000. It’s going to the tents that we need. As you know, we don’t have a facility yet.” The commission unanimously approved the support.
Commissioners also voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that allows the county to apply for assistance from the West Virginia Judicial Assistance Grant. The grant will provide no more than $120,000 toward the salary of school resource officers, but also requires a 25 percent match from the county.
The resolution also appoints Commission President Thomas as coordinator in Harrison County.
Finally, the commission approved a bid to demolish 11 structures. Once it was confirmed that the county had funds in the budget to cover, the commission approved the $158,600 expense.
The next meeting takes place Sept 20 at 9 AM.