By Stephen Smoot
The Harrison County Commission held a light meeting on Wednesday last week.
Commissioner Patsy Trecost opened the meeting with an invocation. In it, he said “we give You thanks for everything You’ve done. There’s no Thanksgiving. There’s no Christmas without You.”
Next, commissioners recited the Pledge of Allegiance and opened the floor for public comment. They heard from Rhett Dusenbury, field representative for Congressman Alex Mooney. He brought Thanksgiving greetings to the commission from the Congressman. He also said “I just wanted to say, as always, that the Congressman is ready to serve and will help with anything you need for Harrison County.” He finished by thanking the commission for the county employees who serve so capably.
Commissioners then approved the minutes and moved quickly through the details of the early part of the agenda. They then came to the issue of the will of Dr. Aristotle Rabanal. His wife explained that the original document had been lost, but produced copies that had been distributed to family.
The commission quickly approved a motion to accept the copy as an acceptable public document for official use.
Laura Pysz, Harrison County administrator, reported that a contractors’ meeting took place the previous Thursday regarding the General Services building. They identified problems to be rectified.
Susan Thomas, Harrison County Commission president, asked “are we moving forward with some of those?”
Pysz answered in the affirmative.
Next, the commission voted on and approved a calendar for commission meetings in 2024.
Commissioners then formally established Fund 042 for West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Emergency Medical Services. The account for the fund will accept and hold money related to the EMS enhanced salary fund. Payments will be made to each county agency.
Finally, Trecost thanked all involved with the success of removing 11 dilapidated structures from Harrison County this year. He said that the number “just scratched the surface” but that removing them “helps us with crime” and also economic development and showing the county’s best face to visitors.