Barbour County's clerk has received levy orders submitted by the county school board.
Macel Auvil, commission clerk, said the levy orders submitted by the Barbour County school board were received Tuesday. The order submitted by the school board would place a five-year school levy on the November ballot in the amount of $2,191,456.
Auvil said she also received an order from the school board asking that a $5.48 million bond issue be placed on the November ballot. If the bond were to pass, the money generated would be used for capital improvements to the athletic facilities at Philip Barbour High School.
In other news, Catherine Fazzini and Kristina Guselhart, from the State Auditor's office, addressed ways to avoid delinquency on P-card purchases during a regular County Commission meeting Wednesday. Guselhart, the commission had been on the delinquent list 12 times in the first 30 days and two times in 60 days.
One suggestion Fazzini had was to update the policy to set deadlines for card holders and turn off the employee cards if they don't meet those deadlines, placing the responsibility with the employee. The employee's card could eventually be taken away.
"It's still not going to correct everything," Fazzini said.
Another suggestion is to require an itemized receipt for instances such as when employee spends $60 alone at a restaurant, a concern brought up by Barbour County Administrator Chuck Foley. He asked if there is a way see what the employee had purchased at the restaurant item by item. Fazzini and Guselhart agreed that an itemized receipt should be submitted.
The Barbour County Commission agreed to await word from the prosecuting attorney regarding a bill to remove a mobile home from a landowner's property. Sheriff John Hawkins received a Magistrate Court order to remove a mobile home following an eviction notice ignored by the owner of the trailer. The order will be reviewed by Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling.
"The County Commission is not liable for it; the sheriff is," Hawkins said, adding that it comes out of the sheriff's department budget. "If the court orders you to do something, you have to do it."
Hawkins said that if the property owner doesn't claim the property within a certain amount of time, his personal belongings could be sold, which could return some, but not all, of the funds used to remove the trailer.
Auvil said that, even if it's the law, it is her opinion that the cost and removal should be the responsibility of the property owner.
"I just don't know how county funds can be used for that," Foley said.
Hawkins said he doesn't have the option of using county employees on county time, like other counties do. He said he wants to use a licensed contractor to remove the trailer.
"My question was, how could the magistrate tell the commission how to spend their funds?" Commission President Phil Hart said, adding that it was his initial reaction to the bill.
Also during the meeting, commissioners signed a grant contract with the West Virginia Development Office for $5,000 toward a paving project for Adaland Mansion.
The commissioners voted to replace Amanda Brown with Dean Springer as the appointed official to the county position at the Philippi/Barbour County Regional Airport as requested by the Airport Authority. Springer's term will end Dec. 31.
Lisa Hart was reappointed to the Health Department.
The commissioners also approved continuation of the consultation of practices by Wes Mar HR Consulting LLC for the 911 center.
Commissioners discussed a request made by Vickie Reel in a letter to extend a water line off Chestnut Flats Road, an area that expands more than one residence. The line is 1,750 feet. The letter will be forwarded to Region VII.