NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission on Thursday morning received reports from two regional agencies, while approving the retirement of the county’s most senior employee.
Zach White, the new WVU extension agent from Hancock County, provided an update on the agency’s summer programs.
“We had a very good summer. We were able to do six programs, and with the six programs, we were able to reach about 400 children and train about 60 different adults,” White said, noting that the Extension’s camp programs were also offered. “I’m very proud of what we were able to do.”
White discussed the expansion’s partnership with schools in Hancock County through the school district’s Storybook Cafe, a modernized and equipped school bus launched in 2018 to provide tutoring, literacy activities and support services. nutrition to young people in the region. The Storybook Cafe appears at various community events throughout the summer months.
“I believe we were able to reach around 200 children,” said White.
White expressed his gratitude to the commission for its support, especially during a six-month period when the county did not have an extension officer.
Rachel Keeney, executive director of the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, also spoke, providing the commission with an annual report on CVB activities.
Keeney noted efforts to compile a digital library of video footage from all of Hancock and Brooke counties.
She has reported on projects with the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle and the town of Weirton, including a feasibility study for a potential new conference center project.
Keeney also addressed Weirton Council and the Brooke County Commission this week.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, the commission unanimously approved the retirement of Tracy Lemley, who is currently the county’s 911 director, effective Nov. 1.
Commission Chairman Paul Cowey noted that Lemley had worked for the county longer than any other current employee, with Lemley noting that she started working part-time in 1986 and then full-time two years later. She has run the county’s 911 center since 2004.
Also before the committee on Thursday was the endorsement of:
A claim for reimbursement of $4,575.01 from the Hancock County Museum
A request for reimbursement of $7,000 from the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center
A grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on behalf of the Juvenile Mediation Program for $150,000
The county assessor’s supplemental salary, agricultural compensation, and commission on the sale of dog licenses, all of which are established under state code
The transfer of Jeannie Ostrander from the voter registration office to assistant clerk in the Hancock County circuit clerk’s office, effective September 1.
The advertisement for a computer position in the county, as well as three positions in the county clerk’s office
Approval of election officials for the November 8 general election, including 72 election officers, two emergency absentee commissioners, 24 procurement commissioners/clerks, 24 polling commissioners/clerks, three advance voting clerks and a poll clerk by mail ballot.
The appointment of Summer Kintyhtt and Brandye Peters to Hancock County Sheriff’s Reserves.
Cowey announced a special meeting at 9 a.m. today to discuss personnel matters, noting that the meeting would involve an executive session.