According to Commissioner Bob Baird, the museum received a grant for $125,000. However, to receive the grant, the museum must match some of the funds.
Baird said that Jack Fowler, executive director of the river museum, described the funding as vital to the museum’s progress.
“(Fowler) said that this would complete their expansion plans,” Baird added.
According to County Administrator John Gerlach, the museum needs to raise $30,000 and is asking for any size donation toward this amount. Commissioners agreed that they will put $3,000 into the new budget to give to the river museum. However, action cannot be officially taken until the new budget is both voted on and approved.
In other business:
• Diane Pottorff of the Valley Volunteer Fire Department was on hand to discuss recent updates regarding the department’s officer changes. Pottorff also reported that the department has received money from the state legislature to purchase new “jaws of life” equipment. In addition, she said that the department will continue hosting activities, such as the “Field of Screams” in October and the Fourth of July celebration.
• Commissioners approved a bid for the surplus 911 truck.
• Commissioners approved the LEDA Grant resolution for the West Virginia State Farm Museum’s patio project.
• Commissioner Miles Epling reported that the assembly for veterans, which was held at Wahama High School, was successful. The assembly was held to celebrate the release of the book on area veterans, which was written by WHS 11th grade English students.
• Gerlach reported that there is still time for veterans or current military personnel to bring in photos and information for the Wall of Honor, which is being displayed in the Mason County Courthouse. For more information on the Wall of Honor, call 304-675-1997.
• Commissioners agreed to move the March 25 meeting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The next meeting will be 4 p.m. Thursday, March 11.