Emergency Services Levy On Special Election Ballot

Wetzel County voters will see a $2.5 million emergency services levy on the Oct. 4 special election ballot.

Wetzel County commissioners on Tuesday approved placing the levy on the ballot. The only other issue voters will decide that day will be the contest for West Virginia’s governor.

The emergency services levy would generate $1 million over the next five years for the New Martinsville, Grandview, Pine Grove and Hundred ambulance stations.

The levy also would generate $1.5 million over the next five years for 11 volunteer fire departments in the county, with each department receiving an annual payment of $27,273, commissioners said.

Slated to receive the funds are the New Martinsville, Paden City, Grandview, Silver Hill, Reader, Pine Grove, Jacksonburg, Folsom, Smithfield, Wileyville and Hundred fire departments.

In other matters before the commission on Tuesday, Matt Marcione, an account executive with ADT Security Services, and John Lantz, chief probation officer and courthouse security officer for Wetzel County, discussed the need to replace two security cameras on the courthouse property. The cameras are operational but not working at optimum, they explained.

One camera is on the building’s exterior, while the second is in the courtroom. There are 28 security cameras on the courthouse grounds, and the others are in good shape, they said.

Commissioners Scott Lemley and Bob Gorby passed a motion to replace the two cameras if the cost doesn’t exceed $7,250, and to renew the maintenance contract for security equipment at the courthouse at a cost of $5,186 annually. Commission president Donald E. Mason was unavailable for Tuesday’s meeting.

Brian Felici, the new chief executive officer at Wetzel County Hospital, addressed the commissioners. He told them he planned to relocate to Wetzel County in the coming months, and “to become a part of the community.”

Felici said recruitment of staff was to be a priority for the hospital.

“If folks have to travel out of the area to see a general practitioner, then we’re not providing the services we should be,” he commented.

Sheriff James Hoskins also said a number of vehicles used by his department are in need of maintenance.

Commissioners asked Hoskins to make a line item list of expenses, and that they would make a decision about funding after considering them.