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Marshall Memo: Commissioners Say Marshall County in Strong Financial Position

“We believe Marshall County is in a sound financial position,” county commission president John D. Gruzinskas, stated while presenting the county’s 2021-22 budget message.

“We also want to thank all those who worked in the development of the budget, county clerk Jan Pest and her staff and Betsy Frohnapfel, our administrator, and my fellow commissioners for their work in developing the budget,” Gruzinskas said.

“We believe this budget serves the needs of our elected officials so that they may operate their offices in an efficient manner. We believe we have projected sufficiently for potential increases in the cost of insurance, regional jail, and fuel for vehicles, all of which are major expenditures.”

Some of the budget highlights according to the commissioners are:

Taxes– “Marshall County continues to have the lowest levy rate in the state. This budget provides for Ad Valorem tax revenue of $17,267,526 in the general county budget.

Salaries and Benefits — The budget keeps salaries at a competitive rate and Gruzinskas said the county will continue to fund a very competitive benefits package for employees.

Capital Improvements– “We have allocated funds for additional equipment in some departments so that all elected officials have the needed tools to perform their duties. In addition, we have budgeted funds for anticipated maintenance and repairs to all county buildings.”

Outside Agencies– “We are again pleased that we are able to continue to contribute funds to support our many agencies that significantly add to the quality of life for our citizens in Marshall County.”

Several matters were undertaken at the county commission’s bi-monthly meeting this past Tuesday. Included were:

A report by Kathie Brown and Dee Phillips of Wheeling Health Right pertaining to the WHR building upgrade project; a report dealing with upgrading of the HVAC/Electric in certain areas of courthouse; approval of the employment of a deputy sheriff; and naming of a new Grand Vue Park board member.

The county commission was informed that the WHR clinic would be receiving upgrades/changes to meet the ever growing needs of patient population, with one of the undertakings being to accommodate both left and right handed dentists.

The overall cost for the complete project is estimated to be $225,000 to $275,000.

The Marshall County Commission, which has supported the Health Right for some 25 years, voted to donate $88,000 at Tuesday’s meeting toward this effort. That will be in addition to the yearly contribution.

Following the request of Sheriff Bill Helms to add a new deputy, on Thursday Tanner McLaughlin was sworn-in by Judge Jeff Cramer.

McLaughlin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David McLaughlin, his mother is a deputy in the circuit clerk office, and his father, David, is a former Benwood police captain, and is the current director of public works and development for the city of Benwood, and also a former Marshall County Magistrate.

Tanner, 20, is currently enrolled at West Liberty State College.

He has attended WVU for one year and also West Virginia Northern Community College. He was a former dispatcher for the city of Benwood police department.

The commission approved the appointment of Eric Cunningham as the new GVP board member.

The first Marshall County Spring Clean-Up dumpster will be located today (Saturday), at the old fire house on Big Wheeling Creek. The hours will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

However, there will be no provisions to accept tires, white goods, scrap meal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash.

Marshall County residents are welcome to use this and other dumpsters to dispose of their unwanted items.

The county-wide clean-up is being sponsored by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission.

The Marshall County FRN’s General meeting will hold an online event at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The meeting is described as a great way to share information and to learn about activities and programs going on in the community.

Each person in attendance who wants to participate will have an opportunity to briefly discuss their organization and updates during the meeting.

Those planning to participate in the meeting are to call 304-845-3300 or email to marshallcountyfrn@comcast.net.

The Marshall County FRN will again partner with the Mountaineer Bank for a Mobile Food Pantry serving Marshall County residents.

The MFP will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on April 22 at Four Seasons Pool in Moundsville.

Families are invited to drive-up and receive a food box that will be placed into their vehicle. One box will be given per family while supplies last.

Any Marshall County Business/Organization interested in hosting a “Business After Hours” event is asked to call the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce office at 304-845-2773.

This is a monthly event during the spring and summer which will be arranged by the Chamber. It has been held for many years.

The Marshall County Health Department will hold eight COVID-19 tests during the remainder of the month.

Drive-up tests at the Health Department, Sixth Street and Court Avenue, in Moundsville will be as follows:

Monday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Wednesday at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; April 2 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.; April 22 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; and April 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mobile testing will take place on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Cameron City Hall; April 23 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Benwood City Hall; and April 30 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Cameron City Hall.

For additional information pertaining to testing contact the Health Department at 304-845-7840 or visit the Health Department’s Facebook page at Marshall County Health Department.

Moundsville VFW Auxiliary No. 437 will meet at 7 p.m. on April 19 at the post home.

The Auxiliary has not met for a year and as a result new information will be heard, including that of a Bakeless Sale which is taking place instead of the annual Poppy Days.

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