POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission continued its tradition of honoring state champions this week when welcoming Point Pleasant junior Grant Safford and freshman George Smith.
Both young men, who are on the PPHS wrestling team, recently captured state titles at the WVSSAC state championships at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Cabell County. In Class AAA, Safford captured a 10-8 decision to win the 182-pound crown, while Smith scored a third period escape with 12 seconds left to win the 106-pound title. It was also the first time since 2013 that Point Pleasant won an individual state championship.
Commissioners Tracy Doolittle, Rick Handley and Miles Epling congratulated the pair on their wins at Thursday’s regular commission meeting, presenting them with certificates from the commission and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office for their achievements.
In other commission news:
- Steve Presley, director of Mason County Day Report, presented commissioners with a resolution to sign for a justice reinvestment grant from the governor’s office to support outpatient recovery services and a community engagement specialist to assist in the local recovery community. The grant is for $68,825.
- Approved filing for a courthouse security grant through the West Virginia Supreme Court for security cameras and monitors.
- As presented by County Clerk Diana Cromley, commissioners approved polling places for the primary election as well as the absentee ballot commissioners — Rice Tarbett for the Democrats and Carolyn McCoy for the Republicans. Ballot commissioners travel to voters who qualify to vote an emergency ballot due to illness, etc. Poll workers were also approved.
- Reappointed Cromley to the library board for a term ending July 2021. Pamela Thompson, library director, made the recommendation to commissioners.
- Approved the part-time employment of Michael Blaettnar Jr. at the Mason County 911 Center.
- Approved a resolution declaring April as Fair Housing Month.
- Approved entering into an agreement with Chapman Technical Group to rehabilitate the runway at the Mason County Airport. This project will be completely paid for with grant funds.
Attending the meeting: Doolittle, Handley, Epling, Cromley and County Administrator John Gerlach.
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