Pocahontas County Commission Donates to 3 Non-Profit Organizations

The Pocahontas County Commission’s August 4th regular meeting was the first of 4 meetings this fiscal year where the Commissioners consider requests from charitable and non-profit organizations which serve the community for donations from the Commission.

Each year the Commission budgets a set amount of money for this purpose. Four organizations made requests, and the Commissioners contributed a total amount of $10,000 to three of the four applicants.

A representative of the Family Refuge Center told the Commissioners that last year the Center served 311 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and provided 148 nights of shelter to victims in their shelter which is located in Greenbrier County. She requested a $5000.00 funding contribution for the non-profit organization. The Commissioners unanimously granted this request.

Diane Hinkle of the Tucker Community Foundation requested a funding contribution from the Commissioners to support the annual “Run for it” 2K walk and 5 K run held in Davis, WV. Non-profit organizations enter teams in the race and the organizations who sponsor the teams receive prize money for their non-profit organizations. Last year the Foundation gave over $175.00 to non-profit organizations. The Pocahontas County Senior Citizens organization for example received $2,285.00 for its team’s performance in the race. Another charitable organization, Challenged Athletes of West Virginia, located at Snowshoe, received $10,091.00 for its team’s efforts. Representatives of both of those Pocahontas County based organizations appeared at the meeting to support the Tucker Foundation’s request. The Commission unanimously granted $2,500.00 to the Tucker Foundation.

Rick Wooddell from the Pocahontas County Honor Corp requested $2,500.00 from the Commission to help enable them to continue performing military funerals for veterans as well as presentations of the colors at sporting and community events. They also teach flag etiquette at the county schools and place flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day. The Commission unanimously granted $2,500.00 to the Honor Corp.

A fourth requesting charitable organization, the Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc., was not granted a contribution at this time because they failed to show they were a non-profit corporation.

In other actions:

The Commissioners approved the hiring of Tiffany Fisher as a full time 911 Dispatcher with a 6 month probationary period.

They opened and examined 3 sealed bids to replace the roof on the Old Jail Building. They awarded the job contract to a local contractor, Mark E. Mitchell LLC who bid to do the job for $31,546.

There was a “First Reading” of the proposed County Towing Ordinance. As a side note, this was the third “Reading” of the ordinance in as many meetings. Because of citizen input, small changes were made during the last two attempts causing the process to start over. The ordinance survived this First Reading without change and can be adopted after the “Second Reading” at the next meeting.

Tammie Alderman requested that the Commissioners approve the hiring of Kelly Fugate as a full time Pocahontas County Day Report Officer, which they did unanimously.

The extended the Camp Bartow Preservation Grant for one year to September 30, 2016.

In final actions, the Commissioners voted to make appointments to three committees/commissions:

  1. Shawn Dunbrack to fill an unexpired term as the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Representative to the Pocahontas County Emergency Medical Services Authority –term to expire on June 30, 2016.
  2. Appointments of Michael O’Brien (from the Office of Emergency Services), Sam Felton (from the Town of Marlinton) and Kenny Lehman (from the Town of Durbin) to two year terms on the Pocahontas County Local Emergency Planning Committee, terms to expire September 30, 2017.
  3. Tim Wade as a Board Member of the Historic Landmarks Commission for a 5 year term expiring on September 30, 2020.


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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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