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Upshur County Clerk Carol Smith at the commission's Oct. 14 meeting. / Photo by Monica Zalaznik

Precinct 9 voters to transition from courthouse to city hall

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Commission approved relocating Precinct 9 from the Courthouse Annex to a new location at Buckhannon City Hall.

The Upshur County Commission opened the floor to a public hearing during their Oct. 14 commission meeting, but no members of the public attended to speak about the change.

“The change will be in effect for the Jan. 15, 2022, special election and since you’ve approved the order, we will be getting the notices out to the voters in the next week or so,” Upshur County Clerk Carol Smith said. “I think precinct nine has maybe 368 voters, so that will be a little bit of work cut out for us.”

Smith also told the commissioners they will have to plan to publish a notice that precinct lines will be changing.

“The Legislature is working on updating their maps, and unfortunately, Upshur County has taken a pretty big hit with everything that I’ve seen, especially with the delegate districts,” Smith said. “We’re going to be in a bigger part of Lewis and a part of Barbour. Looking at what they have, they might have tried to follow our precinct lines, but I cannot be certain of that.”

The commission could not schedule a special meeting to plan the publication because they are waiting for additional information from the state.

Before adjourning, commissioners also:

Approved correspondence from Kimbra Wachob, Upshur County Emergency Communications Center assistant director, requesting the employment of Danielle Riffle as full-time telecommunicator, effective October 25, 2021.

Approved correspondence from Kimbra Wachob, Upshur County Emergency Communications Center assistant director, requesting a revision of starting pay for Marissa Taylor and Brittney Wood to be concurrent with the pay wage rates previously approved during budget hearings.

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