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Preston Commission updated on election night procedures

KINGWOOD — Preston County Commissioners were updated Tuesday on how election night proceedings will be handled.

“All general election results will be at the [Kingwood] Plaza; they will not be at the courthouse,” County Administrator Kathy Mace told Commissioners Don Smith and Samantha Stone.

Commissioner Dave Price was absent.

The plaza is also where early voting is taking place and where election equipment will be stored in space being rented by the county.

Mace said social distancing, mask wearing and other COVID-19 restrictions will be observed.

Smith asked where the public will be able to see results? Mace said a large screen TV will be there with results and cumulative results will be posted. Results will also be on the county web page,

Canvassing of the votes will be begin Nov. 9 at the plaza space.

In other business:

Chief Tax Deputy Jennifer Lewis said 255 delinquent properties were sold Monday at the tax sale. There were more bidders than normal and only 17 properties were sold to the state for lack of bidders, she said.

Commissioners approved a $3,800 contract with Keystone Waterproofing to do an inspection and secure loose stone on the west side of the courthouse. The entrance on that side of the building has been closed because of stone falling from the building.

Also approved by commissioners was a $97,186 contract with ActionBuilt of Farmington to put a new, standing seam metal roof with snow rail all around on the animal shelter, as well as soffit and fascia.

Mace said she has one estimate of about $1,100 to buy six AEDs for county buildings. Smith requested the estimate last week.

Mace said Preston got a $19,825 court security grant, which will be used to replace the X-ray scanner at the courthouse.

Michael Neel talked to commissioners of his concerns “about how business is done in the county.” Neel complained about the administrator, the animal shelter and 911. Stone said commissioners would look over the information he provided but that Mace does a good job. All county commission employees receive job reviews, she said. As for entering 911, it is a secure building, Stone noted.