POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission is applying for at least three grants, including one to equip the entire sheriff’s department with new bulletproof vests.
The grants were discussed at this week’s commission meeting by County Administrator John Gerlach who was working on the submissions to the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation. Gerlach said one of the grants was for 12 bulletproof vests - the Claflin Foundation financed five last year for the department. In addition, the county will be requesting grants for security fencing around the back perimeter of the Mason County Dog Shelter. The county has also asked for a grant to purchase a zero-term riding mower used to mow across the county, including county parks, the 4-H campground and the animal shelter.
Gerlach is also assisting others applying for Claflin grants to relocate the Lewis house to the West Virginia State Farm Museum and the sheriff’s department to purchase a computer specifically for logging evidence.
Gerlach also reported a progress meeting had been held recently on the renovations at the old hardware building. Gerlach said the first floor had been poured; 95 percent of the framing was finished; 90 percent of the wire pulled; half of the elevator containment shaft was constructed and in about a week drywall should be going up. He added the windows have been ordered and the county is still awaiting the water and sewer hookups from the City of Point Pleasant.
Randy Grinstead from the Mason County Public Service District also spoke to the commission, turning in a progress report on various projects and answering the commissioners’ questions. Commission President Rick Handley said the PSD had completed installing 10 fire hydrants throughout Mason County - a project financed by the county in another fiscal year. The location of these hydrants was helped determined by various fire chiefs. The commission had around $30,000 in the project. Grinstead also said the Lakin Sewer Project should be completed at the end of December, with decommissioning of the existing lagoon wrapping up in March or April.
Handley also spoke about the Ambulance Authority and how it meets quarterly. The authority is in need of members from across the county for equal representation. There are a total of nine members on this committee.
County Clerk Diana Cromley said she had received quotes and special financing on a new computer tower and four new computers for her office. The first payment on the equipment will be $1,100 with a $1,000 per month payment until June 2015. Cromley also reported two loans for other equipment had recently been paid off.
Present at the meeting were Commissioners Handley, Miles Epling, Tracy Doolittle as well as Cromley, Gerlach, Grinstead.