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Hancock Commission approves funding requests

The Hancock County Commission convened for its second regular meeting of the month Thursday, with Commissioners Paul Cowey and Eron Chek in attendance. Commissioner Jeff Davis participated by telephone. (Photo by Craig Howell)

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission approved two funding requests, and recognized the service of a retiring employee, during its regular meeting Thursday.

The commission received a request from the Swaney Memorial Library Board of Trustees, seeking $2,500 to assist with the costs of installing a new commercial-quality chairlift.

According to a letter from board of trustees President Elizabeth Wells, the library had received a chairlift many years ago, providing access to the basement level of the library located in New Cumberland.

“After many years, that original chairlift became worn out and unrepairable,” the letter states. “Finding a replacement has been a difficult process, but after much work, on the part of Trustee Leslie Fields, we have found a reputable company able and willing to install a commercial quality chairlift.”

Swaney Memorial Library received a $3,000 grant from the West Virginia Library Commission, with a total cost for the project estimated at between $8,000 and $9,000.

The commission also received a request from Hancock County Parks and Recreation for a total of $8,780 to pay for a two-year audit with the West Virginia Auditor’s Office. The audits would cost $4,390 for each year, with Parks Administrator Britni Recinella explaining two years must be audited as a result of the closure of various governmental operations last year from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both requests were approved unanimously, with Commissioners Paul Cowey and Eron Chek in attendance, Thursday, and Commissioner Jeff Davis participating by telephone.

In other business, the commission recognized the service of Sandra Eckenrod, who is retiring from the County Clerk’s Office, effective Aug. 1. Members of the commission, as well as several county employees in attendance offered their appreciation to Eckenrod. The commission also authorized payment for her unused vacation time and personal days, in the amount of $5,225.36.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, the commission:

¯ Approved a general county budget revision for the 2021-22 fiscal year

¯ Received a letter of appreciation, recognizing the Tri-State Master Gardeners for landscaping the New Manchester gazebo

¯ Approved Charli T. Infante for employment in the County Clerk’s Office, effective Aug. 1.

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