Greenbrier County Commission proclaims ‘National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week,’ approves $12,000 for MTA

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The newly-appointed Nick Dailey, on Tuesday, participated in his first Regular Meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission. As his first official action, Commissioner Dailey, along with Commissioner Lowell Rose and Commission President Tammy Tincher, voted in favor of a proclamation honoring National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week.

The proclamation, as read by Tincher, states in part, “Whereas public safety telecommunicators are the first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services, [and] whereas public safety telecommunicators are the single, vital link for our police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service providers by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them with information, and ensuring their safety, […] the County Commission of Greenbrier County declares the week of April 14 through the 20th, 2024, to be National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week.”

Commissioners stayed on theme by approving the promotions of Carla Blankenship to the position of Greenbrier County 911 Center manager, and Jordan Clendenin to an upgraded position. Both promotions are effective as of April 9, and are part of the County 911 Center’s transition to the reorganized Emergency Communications Center. 

Next before the commission was consideration of the Upshur Agency’s cost estimate for appraisal of the Meadow River Rail Trail. 

“One of the major funding sources for the work […] is an abandoned mine land grant,” Tincher explained. “They have required that all projects within the abandoned mine land program […] to be appraised.”

The estimated cost of the Upshur Agency’s appraisal services is $7,500, and can be completed within 60 days. Once complete, the cost would then be reimbursed through the abandoned mine land grant. The commission approved the estimate without further discussion. 

Tim Thomas, director of the Mountain Transit Authority (MTA), then came before the commission to provide a brief operational update, and speak about the MTA’s 2024-2025 funding request.

“Our ridership at MTA is continuing to explode,” Thomas said. “We also, for about the last three years, have worked with WVSOM to try and improve Western Greenbrier County through some grants. We’re excited to inform you that we’re actually now going five days a week up in Rainelle and Rupert to Lewisburg – every day, twice a day.”

The commission unanimously approved the MTA’s funding request in the amount of $12,000, which represents a $2,000 increase over the previous fiscal year.

In other business, the commission approved annual funding for the Greenbrier County Flood Control Dam and Channel Operation Maintenance in the amount of $2,200 for each of the next two fiscal years, and a bid proposal for the White Sulphur Springs Route 60 East Sanitary Sewer Replacement TIF (Tax Increment Funding) project. 

For the sewer replacement project, a total of seven bids were submitted. Being the lowest submitted, Charleston-based Virco Contracting’s estimate of $1, 844,172.50 was selected for approval. The sanitary sewer area scheduled to be replaced runs from west of Route 92 through to Interstate 64. 

The next Regular Meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. 

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