POINT PLEASANT — The legal question of whether or not the county commission can rent the third-floor apartment in the building housing the new sheriff’s department has been answered.
On behalf of the county commission, Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson consulted with the office of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in regards to this question, which was discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Mason County Commission. The answer to that question is, yes, the commission can rent the third-floor apartment but only to a nonprofit organization, not a private individual.
If the commission can rent the space, it would provide revenue and in terms of security, the entity that rents the apartment will only have access to the third-floor via special keys which operate the building’s elevator. So far, the commission has no candidates for the rental.
Also discussed at Monday’s meeting:
Commission members recognized this as Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) Week. More on this in tomorrow’s edition of the Point Pleasant Register. CEOS County Advisor Lorrie Wright also asked commissioners to consider placing handicapped parking near the front of the court house annex building to allow easier access for some members of CEOS.
The commission commended County Clerk Diana Cromley and her staff for their efficient work on this year’s primary election with Commission President Rick Handley saying they did a “great job.” Election results were in and processed by 9 p.m. on election night and Handley also commented favorably on the way early voting was handled.
Commissioners approved the hire of Mitchell Waugh as deputy of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department at a salary of $30,959. Waugh is replacing a deputy who is leaving.
Commissioners voted to reappoint Marketta Crum to the Mason County Board of Health if she accepts. Also, the commission is looking for a new member for the board from magisterial district two.
Commissioners also stated they publicly support the efforts of local resident Brenda Nott who is attempting to get legislation passed to modify the law concerning parking of vehicles close to a state highway. This legislation would prevent parking which can impede a driver’s line of sight. Nott lost her daughter Sarah Nott this spring in an accident on W.Va. 2 in Gallipolis Ferry.
Commissioners approved budget revisions in the amount of $330,000 having to do with radio conversion expenses for Mason County 911 and grants and other expenses in the sheriff’s department.
Commissioners reported the sheriff’s department is still moving materials into the new building but should be done this week.
Commissioners reviewed a letter from Chapman Technical Group discussing the load limits for the second and third floor of the remodeled, former Point Pleasant Hardware building. The letter suggested posting the load limits on these floors.
In attendance were Commissioners Handley, Miles Epling, Tracy Doolittle, County Clerk Diana Cromley, County Administrator John Gerlach.