POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission recently met, recognizing a local student for her accomplishment of registering 33 of her fellow classmates for voting this school year.
The commissioners in attendance were President Rick Handley, Sam Nibert, and Tracy Doolittle along with County Clerk Diana Cromley and County Administrator John Gerlach.
Cromley congratulated Sumer Hughes, senior at Hannan Junior/Senior High School, for taking the initiative and successfully registering 33 of her fellow classmates to vote. Cromley said she is “very pleased” as she understands how difficult it can be to get such a high number of individuals registered to vote especially in a high school setting.
“This is such an honor for Mason County because we had a total of 35 schools in the state of West Virginia we call honorary James Randolph schools…,” said Dave Gilpin, West Virginia Secretary of State field representative. “We give those awards, James Randolph awards, to high schools that have a student like Sumer who successfully registers 100 percent of their eligible students to vote and it’s a very, very great honor and one of the reasons why I’m very proud of Sumer is the fact that this is the first year Mason County has ever had the James Randolph status in all the years they’ve been with us this is the first year and Hannan High School is the very first to have that distinction.”
Brittany Westfall, director of elections at the Secretary of State’s office, added, “I’m very proud of Sumer with voter registration a lot of times the younger people get a bad rep, they think they don’t care about getting out there for elections, but she’s proven that wrong.”
Handley then presented a certificate to Hughes naming her an honorary Secretary of State for Mason County.
In other business, the commissioners approved to move Ashley Wervey to a full time position and to hire Jessica Dalton and Elisabeth Lloyd on an as needed basis for telecommunications at the Mason County Office of Emergency Services.
Dennis Zimmerman, emergency manager/director of Mason County Office of Emergency Services, discussed the Mason County EMS budget with the commission, one of the budget reports reflected capital improvements for the department.
The commissioners approved to allow the Mason County EMS to move forward with its project for an upgraded Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) machine.
Jon Blaine, owner/operator at Blaine Surveying/ Appalachian Development Authority, discussed the idea of potentially utilizing microgridding in Mason County. The commissioners will be setting up a meeting with Blaine to discuss this further.
The commissioners approved the 2019-20 budget set at $7,360,401.
The commissioners approved to have Handley sign for the approval of a Community Corrections grant for the Mason County Day Report Center.
Doolittle commented though Mason County did not appear on the list released by the West Virginia Division of Highways for quick attention to work on secondary roads in the county, the commissioners did turn in the appropriate paperwork and on time to the Division of Highways department.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.