Greenbrier County Commission proclaims ‘Elder Abuse Awareness Day,’ approves hiring of new Sheriff’s Deputy

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Commission, on Thursday, adopted a resolution proclaiming June 13 as “Elder Abuse Awareness Day” in Greenbrier County. 

The resolution states, in part, “Whereas Greenbrier County seniors are valued members of society, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they life safely and with dignity, and whereas abuse of older people is a tragedy inflicted upon vulnerable seniors and an ever-increasing problem in today’s society, […] we, the Greenbrier County Commission, do hereby proclaim June 13 as ‘Elder Abuse Awareness Day.’”

Next, commissioners granted easement-usage authorization to Monongahela Power Company for the purposes of installing overhead power lines on the county-owned property at 1599 Harper Rd, in Lewisburg. The overhead lines are part of a proposed Monongahela Power system upgrade. 

As explained by Commissioner Lowell Rose, “The reason for this upgrade is the new water system in Lewisburg.”

Among county personnel business, commissioners approved the Sheriff Department’s hiring of Joshua Doss as a deputy. Doss is a certified officer, and previously served with the Lewisburg Police Department. 

Next before the commission was consideration of the county’s “GigReady” broadband project’s second draw request. The request, totaling $93,200, is for “engineering and professional services” performed by Thompson & Litton architectural firm. The request was unanimously approved. 

In other business, commissioners granted approval to the Charleston-based law firm of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe PLLC to update and revise Greenbrier County’s employee handbook. 

“This would be on a flat-fee basis, in the amount of $3,000, payable upon completion of the handbook,” Commission President Tammy Tincher explained. “Representatives [of the law firm] will work with the county, as well as our other elected officials, to revise and update our employee handbook, as it is in great need of being revised.”

The commission’s final business of the day was the consideration of board appointments.

Commissioners appointed Mark Gillespie, and reappointed Mary Surbaugh as Mountain Transit Authority Board Members, and reappointed Matt Ford as a Board Member of the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation. All three appointments will be effective from July 1, 2024, until June 30, 2027. Commissioners also reappointed both Gordon Campbell and Ken Olkowski to the Greenbrier County Board of Zoning Appeals. Their appointments will be effective for the same period of time.

Lewisburg Mayor Beverly White was then reappointed to the City of Lewisburg Board of Health. Her reappointment will be effective from July 1, 2024, until June 30, 2029. In addition to appointments, commissioners revised appointment-terms for the Public Service District to match all other county appointments. 

The next Regular Meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, at 10 a.m. 

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