Ohio County Employees To Get Raises In 2021

WHEELING – Ohio County employees each will see a $1,000 raise in fiscal year 2021-2022.

County commissioners unanimously agreed to approve the raises early during their meeting Tuesday night, which took place by phone.

Commissioner Don Nickerson made the motion that the wage increase be approved now, suggesting it would be some good news for employees at the end of a bleak 2020.

“It’s been a rough year, and it won’t get any easier,” he said.

There are 125 full-time Ohio County employees, and another 25 part-time workers who will get the raise, according to County Administrator Greg Stewart.

The raise goes into effect after June 30, 2021.

Stewart also announced Ohio County has been awarded a $100,000 courthouse improvement grant from the state Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority.

The amount is the maximum a county can receive through the authority, and the money will be used to make ceiling and lighting upgrades throughout the City-County Building.

Ohio County must put up $50,000 in matching funds for the grant, according to Stewart.

Commissioners also approved the renewal of a three-year agreement with the West Virginia Department of Corrections to house inmates in the former Ohio County Jail facility.

Through the agreement, Ohio County receives $17 a day for each inmate housed at the facility.

Commissioners have decided to temporarily table requests for hotel/motel revenue tax grants that help fund local tourism events and festivals and the coronavirus pandemic continues.

“A lot of stuff we have awarded money to has been canceled,” said Commissioner Randy Wharton. “We should table these until we can take a look at and determine what we are going to do moving forward”

Commission President Tim McCormick urged caution as the number of positive COVID cases continue to climb, and suggested the City-County Building may have to be closed soon as it was in the spring if the numbers don’t improve.

“We may very soon have to revert to where we were,” McCormick said.

The commissioners will next meet by phone on Dec. 1.


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