POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Sheriff’s Department has received a grant to purchase nine, new, state-of-the-art bulletproof vests.
The grant award, for $7,080, is from the Claflin Foundation. County Administrator John Gerlach said in addition to the grant for the vests, the county received a $1,000 grant for supplies at the Mason County Animal Shelter.
The discussion of the grants was brought up at Thursday’s regular meeting of the Mason County Commission. Commission President Rick Handley said the commission should start thinking about plans for an open house at the new Mason County Sheriff’s Department which will be on the first and part of the second floors of the old Point Pleasant Hardware Building. The remodel is supposed to be done by March 1, 2014.
At the meeting, Handley and Commissioners Miles Epling and Tracy Doolittle approved a change order on the project in the amount of $6,441.51 to bury drainage tile underground. This will prevent water from freezing on pooling near the building, causing a safety hazard. This latest change order, which Gerlach said should be the last, brings the projects total cost to $1,472,739.60.
Also at the meeting, Brooke Fletcher, field representative from the office of Attorney General Patrick Morrissey. Fletcher said she plans to be at the Gene Salem Senior Center at lunchtime every third Thursday of the month to hear concerns from seniors about consumer protection issues, including identity fraud. Fletcher will also be attending commission meetings on Thurdays when she is in Mason County.
Commissioners approved the hire of Abra Parsons on Jan. 1, 2014 in the Mason County Circuit Clerk’s Office to replace Donna Neville who is retiring.
Commissioners approved Carrie Supple to the fiduciary commission to replace Michael Shaw, Jr., who asked to step down.
Commissioners approved a request from Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley to purchase poll worker software for $4,500. Cromley already had the money in her budget for the purchase.
Commissioners received a letter of thanks from the New Haven Fire Department for the additional, unexpected tax money the county received and passed on to local fire departments which each received $5,000.
Commissioners approved a letter of resignation from William Shuler from the Mason County Solid Waste Authority.
Commissioners will next meet at 2 p.m., Jan. 2, 2014 for an organizational meeting and a meeting with local legislators.