Upshur County commissioners are weighing whether a proposed utility upgrade project's cost would be justified by the amount of savings it could potentially generate.
Johnson Controls representative David D'Orazio said improvements to the courthouse, courthouse annex and Upshur County library could run about $670,000 and that the savings could reach about $32,000 in the first year. Savings in future years would be determined by the price of electricity and natural gas.
D'Orazio said one of the reasons the county is facing higher costs than it should is because the courthouse is using gas to heat the air during warmer months as a means of removing the humidity and condensation in the building.
"It uses more electricity to cool the building," he said. "It's no fault of any engineer. It's just the way the building was designed and constructed. That's typical of a lot of courthouses in West Virginia."
In other matters, the commissioners appointed Joseph Malcolm to the county's Fire Board.
The commissioners set trick-or-treat times for 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 31 for areas outside of Buckhannon. The city will stage its trick-or-treat from 6-7 p.m. that same day.
The commissioners accepted the resignation of Kimberly Taylor as the assistant county administrator. They agreed to advertise for her replacement.
The commissioners also approved the financing and purchase of two new sheriff's vehicles, a 2014 Ford Taurus at $28,748 and a 2014 Ford Explorer at $29,782. The cost includes the installation of the electronics package.
The commissioners also approved Wayne Ford, Douglas White, Annette McDonald-Houk, Becky Grogg, Netonnis Strother, Amanda Harmon and Nancy Gerlach as trained CERT members and Office of Emergency Management volunteers.