Commissioners look to fill three county positions

NEW CUMBERLAND — Applications are currently being accepted for three positions within the county, as approved by Hancock County commissioners during Thursday’s meeting.

Among board and personnel matters, the commission accepted the resignation of Mark Henne as a representative with the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson (BHJ) Planning Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee, which was effective May 31.

Commissioner Joe Barnabei stated that Henne’s resignation was due to him accepting a job within the BHJ, and that remaining on the committee would have resulted in a conflict of interest.

As a result, the commission is accepting names and applications for the vacant committee seat, a non-paid position. Those interested must submit their name, address, telephone number and brief background information to the Hancock County Commission, P.O. Box 485, New Cumberland, WV. All applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. June 15.

The commission will also be advertising for two part-time dispatchers for the 911/Office of Emergency Management following the resignations of two dispatchers (one full time and one part time).

Also, the commission approved the hiring of Heather Brown of Chester to serve as tax deputy for the Hancock County Sheriff’s office. Sheriff Ralph Fletcher, who made the recommendation, stated that Brown will be trained and will succeed the tax deputy who will be retiring soon.

In addition, the commission also approved the re-appointment of Walter Ruszkowski to serve on the Northern Panhandle Workforce Investment Board of Directors, to which Ruszkowski’s new term will start July 1. According to the NPWDB, Ruszkowski will represent the board’s Private Business Sector.

In other business:

— The commission approved an agreement regarding the W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and Families grant for Fiscal year 2018-2019, which will be used on behalf of the Juvenile Mediation program. The commission also approved to release the pledged securities from Hancock County Savings Bank, which are set to expire June 30.

— The Hancock County Animal Shelter’s April report was approved by the commission, which indicated that 162 animals were brought to the shelter for the month, while 131 animals left the shelter.

Regarding incoming animals for the month, 107 cats, 26 dogs, four chickens, two tortoises and one pig were brought to the shelter, two cats and two dogs returned from adoption, seven cats and four dogs returned from foster care, and six cats and one dog returned for other reasons.

As for outgoing animals, 54 cats, three dogs and four chickens were adopted, one cat died in shelter, four cats and four dogs were euthanized, 29 cats and seven dogs were fostered, nine dogs and two cats were reclaimed, five cats were released to the wild, and five dogs, three cats and one pig were transferred out.

— The commission approved the general county bills, which amounted to $65,740, while P-card payments for all funds amounted to $63,546.79, and expenditures for the month of May for all funds amounted to $915,238.34.

— A special meeting will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, to which the commission will review the General County Budget Revision for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. The next regular commission meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. June 28, pushed back one week from the regularly-scheduled June 21 date. Both meetings will be at the commission meeting room at the Hancock County Courthouse.