Commission to Try Again for Funding to Boost Security

The Ohio County Commission will try once more to get funding to enhance safety at its Chapline Street building in Wheeling.

The commission has not received a West Virginia Court Security Grant since 2008, when it was awarded $53,949. With recent demand for more front-door security measures – particularly during evening hours – at the City-County Building, the commission will apply for $158,395. It has also proposed matching $65,000 of that for a $223,395 total.

The commission approved at its Tuesday meeting sending the application to the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

“With recent events such as the shooting of a senator in Arizona and the shooting/suicide in a Florida board of education meeting, it is imperative to limit the possibility of bringing any weapons into our complex,” states the application’s cover letter, composed by county Administrator Greg Stewart. “Recent meetings with our City-County Building Management Board and individual officers continue to focus on these events and concerns of similar situations.”

Stewart said the funds would specifically be used for a “storefront system,” surveillance cameras and keyless building entry.

The commission had applied unsuccessfully for the grant earlier this year, fiscal 2012, and once in fiscal 2009. The grant was not sought in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Stewart attributed the lack of success to “limited funds on the state level.”

In other business, the commission held a moment of silence in honor of the late Brooke County Commissioner Bernie Kazienko, who died Monday. Commissioner Tim McCormick said Kazienko was a pleasure to work with across county lines.

The next meeting of the Ohio County Commission has not yet been set.