By Stephen Smoot
“We all come together as a community,” was included in the opening prayer of the first August meeting of the Harrison County Commission. Then the commission demonstrated that by hearing a proposal on how to better connect local government with the needs and concerns of area veterans.
Chad McIntyre rose during the time allotted for public comment to deliver a proposal on behalf of Post 13 of the American Legion. He said he “came here about a month ago to discuss the county commission supporting a veterans’ council.”
The commission responded favorably, saying it “would like all veterans organizations to get with the veterans’ council and come back and see us in two weeks,” adding that “this is a good program for all involved.”
Commissioners went on to say to McIntyre that “as long as you guys are involved . . . it’s only good for Harrison County to have that.” The commission decided to table the issue for two weeks to allow the various veteran groups to prepare. The final word from the commission on the matter was “Marion County has been very successful, so let’s see if we can one up Marion County.”
Next, the county commission heard from John Chapman, a representative of the Johnstown Community Education Outreach Service, better known as CEOS. Since before the nation entered World War I, the state has relied on these local clubs. WVCEOS is a voluntary, nonprofit organization functioning in cooperation with West Virginia University Extension. It is one of the largest educational organizations in the nation.
According to the West Virginia University Extension Service, under whose umbrella CEOS operate, “CEOS program areas of emphasis include preserving the environment, building family strengths, and increasing awareness of our global interdependence.”
Chapman came to request $1,500 to help support a community fair on Sept 9. The funds would support entertainment and some other expenses. The commission approved the request, as it has done for the past five years, excluding the 2020 COVID lockdown year.
Next, commissioners discussed participating in an “online auction site that a lot of municipalities utilize.” The county could sell old vehicles, equipment, and other materials. Commissioners approved joining the site at the cost of $10,000.
They then decided to post the dates, times, and places in which the county assessor’s office will hold satellite offices for the convenience of area taxpayers.
Finally, the commission declared that “yesterday was a great day for the county” with the opening of the new sheriff’s department. Commissioners said “I want to thank law enforcement in this county. The commission appreciated all they do.”