By Beth Christian Broschart
The Parsons Advocate
PARSONS – The Randolph-Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Lydia Johnson-Grady presented Tucker County Maintenance Director Joe Long and Bennie Kisamore with their Champions for Children Community Partners Awards Wednesday during the regular Tucker County Commission meeting. They were selected for these awards for helping with the RTCAC program through the year. The awards were presented during the Champions for Children Dinner at Elkins, but Long and Kisamore were at a school function and were unable to receive their awards during the event. During that dinner, Tucker County Commissioners Lowell Moore and Diane Hinkle accepted the awards for Long and Kisamore.
Johnson-Grady said the RTCAC was thankful for the help from them, saying the two offered their time to help build and paint a waiting room for the clients of the RTCAC. She said they always make sure the office clean and tidy and said they have gone out of their way to help take care of the space.
Moore said Tucker County Solid Waste Authority Executive Director Steve Moore updated Commission members about the Tucker County Landfill.
During Wednesday’s meeting the Commission had the first reading of an ordinance that would establish a voluntary EMS fee of $25 per year. Moore said the proposed $25 EMS fee per residence in the county is completely voluntary.
“If you have two residences that are for rent, or if you own a business, we are asking for a $50 voluntary EMS fee,” Moore said. “This is a county-wide voluntary fee. If passed, we will insert a paper in with the county tax tickets that go out with the assessor’s office that go out July 1.”
Moore said the yearly voluntary EMS fee is not to be paid with the regular tax tickets.
“Checks are to be made payable to the Tucker County Sheriff’s Office EMS Fund,” Moore said. “The voluntary fee passed its first reading and will be presented two more times before the ordinance will pass.”
The Tucker County Commission announced there will be a National Day of Prayer at the Tucker County Courthouse at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. They said they will conduct the Canvass Election beginning at 1 p.m. May 16.
The next Tucker County Commission meetings are both set for 9 a.m. with the next meeting being slated for May 25 and June 22.