W.Va.'s 11th District senators, Robert Karnes and Bill Hamilton, address the Upshur County Commission at its Dec. 15 meeting. / Photos by Monica Zalaznik

Karnes, Hamilton contribute another $10K to the 4-H Upshur Youth Camp bridge repair project

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Commission received a donation of $10,000 for the Upshur County Youth Camp bridge project from two West Virginia Senators.

Senators Bill Hamilton and Senator Robert Karnes attended the Dec. 15 Upshur County Commission meeting to present the check.

“We do have some funds that we’ve been able to procure to help out with the bridge to present to the commission; I think it’s the second piece we’ve been able to add to that,” Karnes said. “We’ve always had a pretty strict budget over the last several years, but it’s paying off in terms of the surplus that you’re seeing in Charleston, and hopefully we can help out with a few more of these kinds of projects over the next years, so thank you for giving us an opportunity to come out and talk about that a little bit.”

Hamilton said he was a member of 4-H, so this project was close to his heart. Karnes said the check was split, so they would most likely be back in three weeks to present the other half.

Pictured, from left, are commissioner Sam Nolte, Sen. Robert Karnes, R-11, commission president Kristie Tenney, Sen. Bill Hamilton, R-11, and commissioner Doug Bush.

Karnes and Hamilton first presented a monetary donation for repairs to the bridge in August 2022 in the amount of $10,000, according to a previous My Buckhannon story.

In other Upshur County Commission news:

  • The commission approved and signed correspondence to the Upshur County Assessor and Property Tax Division of the State Tax Department, giving authorization to correct valuations for real property, personal property, and/or mineral accounts. Any adjustments made after January 26, 2023, must be forwarded to the commission sitting as the Board of Review & Equalization.
  • The commission approved West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority Funding Award Notice in the amount of $27,728.00, which will be used to replace the front entry doors to the Upshur County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex. The funding period will commence Jan. 1, 2023, and end Dec. 31, 2023. Approval and signature of the Funding Assistance Contract Agreement, Special Conditions and Assurances and the WV Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority 20th Cycle Funding Recipient Check-Off List.
  • The commission approved and signed a lease agreement by and between the Upshur County Commission, the James W. Curry Advisory Board, and the Trustees of the Brooks Hill Community Building. The term of the lease shall be for a period of one year, commencing Dec. 15, 2022 and continuing through Dec. 14, 2023 unless renewed.
  • The commission approved and signed a lease agreement by and between the Upshur County Commission and Appalachian Impact, concerning the use and lease of the Hampton Community Building located at 156 Hampton Road. Upon approval, Appalachian Impact will lease the property for $1 per year and be responsible for any and all property taxes, liability and fire insurance, fire fees, repair and maintenance, and utilities to the property. The term of the lease shall be for a period of one year, commencing Jan. 1, 2023, and terminating on Dec. 31, 2023 unless renewed.
  • The commission approved correspondence from Rodney Rolenson, president of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association for Upshur County, requesting the reappointment of Richard Kitzmiller to the Upshur County Civil Service Board. Upon approval, Mr. Kitzmiller’s term will expire on Dec. 31, 2026.
  • The commission approved correspondence from Laura B. Meadows, Upshur County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director, announcing the resignation of Josh Hinchman as tourism representative on the CVB Board and requesting the Upshur County Commission appoint a replacement board member.
  • The commission approved Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility Volunteer Claire Coffman.
  • The commission approved correspondence from Sheriff Virgil D. Miller, requesting the employment of Melvin D. Woods as part-time Court Security Officer, effective Dec. 18, 2022.

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