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Monongalia County willing to meet with fellow commissioners to discuss roads

The Monongalia County Commissioners said they would be willing to meet with fellow commissioners from across the area to discuss roads.

Specifically, the Preston County Commission sent invitations to commissioners representing the six counties that make up the West Virginia Division of Highways’ District 4 — Preston, Monongalia,
Marion, Doddridge, Harrison and Taylor.
The invitation, signed by Preston County Commissioners Craig Jennings, Dave Price and Don Smith, explains, “It is not only the pavement which is deplorable in DOH District 4 it is the lack of ditching and mowing and the lack of paint of the roadways.”

The letter also states that “the road conditions in the state are very different district to district.”

Members of the Monongalia County Commission asked County Administrator Rennetta McClure to work with Preston County to set
the meeting.

The commission also approved the transfer of 10 outdated ballistic vests from the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.

Chief Deputy Al Kisner said Morgan County plans to use the vests for range training and potentially for auxiliary deputies.

The commission agreed with Kisner’s suggestion that the vests be given with an understanding that their use by officers is not recommended and Monongalia County cannot be held accountable for their use.

Kisner said ballistic vests last about five years.

Lastly, the commission hired a new superintendent for Camp Muffly.

Misty Seum will take over administration of the park, replacing Rachel Mitchell.
The position pays

$25,000 annually, plus benefits.

The commission also:

  • Provided a letter of support on behalf of the Cheat Lake Environment & Recreation Association (CLEAR) to Cube Hydro Partners regarding the Recreation Plan Up-date for the Lake Lynn Hydro Project.
  • Approved an order declaring opioid issues in Monongalia County a public nuisance.