PARSONS – Tucker County Commissioners signed a proclamation Wednesday during their regular meeting declaring Sept. 21 to 27 as West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees week in Tucker County. WVARSE members includes retired teachers, school personnel, administrators and college personnel.
The WVARSE was formed in 1957 as a voice for theses personnel, and protects pensions, promotes senior opportunities and provides information for retired life. The organization promotes the professional, economic, intellectual and social well-being of its members and encourages volunteer opportunities throughout the state.
Also during Wednesday’s meeting, Wayne Harman, with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, spoke about the services his organization can offer during Wednesday’s meeting. Harman said his group works with individuals who have work impairment.
“The impairment can be mental or physical, but it interferes with the person’s ability to work,” Harman said. “We work with students that are just coming through the school system, as well as those who have worked in the work field, but now have an impairment affecting their job.”
Harman said there is a counselor in Tucker County named Emily Grandusky.
“We use a room at City Hall,” Harman said. “If you know someone who can benefit from our services, we hope you will get in touch with us. We set up an appointment to talk with the counselor. She gets background information and determines if that person is eligible for services, then we start working with them to form a plan to circumvent the impairment.”
Harman said the goal is to get people working or help them stay in their jobs if they are already employed.
Commissioners approved the Tucker County Floodplain Ordinance during a public hearing with amendments. Charles Baker, Tucker County Floodplain Administrator said the changes include the ability for the Tucker County Commission to appoint the Floodplain Administrator and allowing fees to be placed into the general fund.
Baker said he plans to set up a meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 with local bankers, realtors and insurance agents to go over information contained in the floodplain ordinance.
Tucker County OEM/911 Director Darla Stemple said September is National Preparedness Month.
“We hope folks with get their disaster plans together with their families and their kids and pets,” Stemple said.
Stemple said she had an issue with the air conditioning system at the 911 Center.
“Fortunately, this time it was just a capacitor,” Stemple said.
After a 50 minute executive session, commission members did not appoint any new members to the Development Authority or Ambulance Authority Boards until they receive more applications from different geographic areas of the county.
The next Tucker County Commission meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Sept. 24.