Greenbrier Commission approves delinquent tax list, looks to allow 911 dispatchers to pursue EMS retirement system

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Commission, on Tuesday, approved a $15,000 funding award from the Department of Arts, Culture and History to the County Records Management and Preservation Board for the installation of new shelving, and authorized the County Sheriff’s office to submit a grant application for additional DUI patrol funding. 

According to Commission President Tammy Tincher, the funding sought by the Sheriff’s office is available through the Drunk Driving Prevention grant program, in the amount of $5,000.

Additionally, commissioners authorized the Greenbrier County Office of Emergency Management to submit two grant applications to the Homeland Security Grant Program, totaling just over $224,000. If approved, the funding will be used for mobile command support, as well as drone equipment and training. 

Next before the commission was the consideration and approval of a resolution allowing eligible Greenbrier County 911 dispatchers to pursue enrollment in the Emergency Medical Services Retirement System (EMSRS) if they so choose. Traditionally county dispatchers have been enrolled in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and EMSRS was not available to them. However, recent legislative action has created the possibility of a change to that policy from the state standpoint. 

NOTE: The commission’s approval of this resolution DOES NOT immediately allow eligible employees to join EMSRS. It solely authorizes those employees to pursue the possibility, with additional  guidance provided by the Retirement Board.

In other business, commissioners approved the County Humane Society’s fiscal year 2024-2025 appropriation request of 225,000 (paid quarterly), the 2023 delinquent Real Estate Tax list, and Ike’s Blades of Glory’s $28,000 bid for mowing along the Meadow River Trail. Greenbrier and Fayette Counties will share the cost of mowing services along the trail, as the completed portion spans both counties. 

In further Meadow River Trail business, commissioners considered submission of a grant application to the State Division of Highways for design of the Russellville Trailhead expansion. If approved, the grant would require a 20% matching payment from the county.

As explained by Tincher, “It is a $100,000 grant. [These] are grants we’ve previously received through the Division of Highways.”

“It would be for three lots owned by the County Commission, between the Meadow River Trail and the Meadow River in Russellville,” Tincher continued, adding that the trailhead expansion would include “parking and other amenities.”

After approving submission of the grant, commissioners memorialized the distribution of nearly $180,000 in Legislative-appropriations to 18 Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Service agencies serving Greenbrier County. 

The Greenbrier County Commission will hold a Special Meeting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, for the purposes of certifying the county’s primary election results. 

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