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ByDebra J. Aguilar

Apr 9, 2022

The Marshall County Commission’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 was presented by Chairman John D. Gruzinskas at Tuesday’s meeting, with revenue from two sources totaling $30.5 million.

County general tax collections and other revenues provide $25.5 million of the budget with the remaining $5 million coming from coal separation.

Highlights of the proposed budget include:

Taxes – Marshall County continues to have one of the lowest levy rates in the state as of 11:43 a.m., as recommended by the state auditor’s office.

Salaries and Benefits – The proposed budget maintains salaries at a competitive rate, thereby continuing to fund a very competitive benefits package for employees.

Capital Improvements – Funds have been allocated for additional equipment in selected departments to ensure that all elected officials have the tools necessary to perform their duties. Additionally, we have budgeted funds for planned repairs to all county buildings, including a major HVAC/electrical/security upgrade project at the courthouse, a new health department building, and a new gas station. EMS.

Outside Agencies – These agencies include the City/County Health Department Library, Grand Vue Park, Senior Center, Volunteer Fire Department, Animal Shelter, 4-H, airport authority, extension service and others.

Grunzinskas went on to say, “We are also continuing our efforts to help extend new water lines and improve sewage systems in rural areas of our county. We commit funds to help the projects that our utility districts and sanitation authority are pursuing. »

Commissioners also discussed upcoming plans for HVAC/electrical and security upgrades for the courthouse, including moving forward.

It has been noted that there has not been a major undertaking for about fifty years.

Over the past few months, department heads have been gathering information on what upgrades they believe are needed.

Dates have been set for companies wishing to submit bids on the projects.

In addition, there have been discussions and action taken on a memorandum of understanding regarding a joint radio system with Ohio County. The radio system involves several county agencies.

Allison McGraw, a seventh-grade student at Sherrard Middle School, earned a perfect score (100%) at the West Virginia Regional History Fair. It was the second time she had achieved that perfect number, after earning a perfect score at the Marshall County Social Studies Fair.

She was the only student in the area to get a perfect grade.

The title of McGraw’s project was “Smithsonian: One Man’s Generosity Impacting America”.

Each entry was judged on oral presentation, abstract and physical display.

She will join her classmates and other students from across the state at the West Virginia State Social Studies Fair on April 29 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.

Moundsville Middle School students will perform “Disney’s Frozen Jr – The Musical” Monday and Tuesday at the John Marshall High School Center for the Performing Arts. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. both nights with tickets available at the door, $7 for adults and $5 for students.

The main cast will include:

Sarah McBee (Elsa), Elin McGuire (Anna), Dezmed Roth (Kristoff), Sadi Willis (Sven), Cooper Berlin (Olaf) and Coltin Myers (Prince Hans).

Other favorite characters being Lauren Whetzel, Mariah Henderson, Kayden Persinger, Marley Kittle, Rick Robinson, Irelyn Lowe, Cori Brown, David Durig, Aidan Nelson, Kaylin Namlik, Alina Holliday, Oliva Bonar, Cheyenne Henderson, Hannah Woods, Grace Whitlatch, Emily McBee, Carleigh Jo Cochran, Kady, Quigley, Deacon Downes, Taylor Morgan, Emily Richards, Madi Moore, Adah Wood and Alyssa Brown.

Disney’s Frozen JR is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theater International. Dawn Barcus directs, with Jonathan Bucci serving as technical advisor.

Marshall County Strings Program musicians Sofiah Bozenske and Lauren Rice have been accepted to the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts. This summer it will be held on the campus of Marshall University.

They went through a pre-screening audition as well as a live interview and audition as part of the application process.

The Governor’s School for the Arts is a three-week program open to sophomores who write, dance, sing, play an instrument, act, or draw/paint.

Bozsenske (violin) and Rice (cello) will be present for the discipline of instrumental music.

According to the Governor’s School website, the curriculum is scaled back so that each student receives plenty of individual attention, not only from the primary teacher, but also from other support staff. This is not a music camp, but rather the artist-community concept, as students are immersed in experiences that push them to the point that they are truly changed during school.

The annual Good Friday crosswalk in Cameron will take place from 10:30 a.m. on April 15.

Those wishing to take part are invited to meet at Saint-Martin Catholic Church with walkers who will stop along the way to listen to the Easter story. The last stop will be at the Blue & Gold Christian Center.

Cameron Baptist Church will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Good Friday service will be held at noon on April 15.

There will be an Easter egg hunt for children in grades 4-6 on Saturday, April 16. Registration will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. with activities from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The church’s Easter Sunday sunrise service is at 7 a.m. on April 17, with a breakfast to follow.

Food distributions will take place on April 20 in front of the Blue & Gold Christian Center.

The Mountaineer Food Bank truck will distribute food between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This food is free for all residents of Marshall County, and they provide enough food for 75 families.

For more information, call the Center at 304-686-2422.

A Marshall County FRN general meeting will be held online at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting is described as a means of sharing information and gaining insight into ongoing activities and programs in the community. Each person who wishes to participate will have the opportunity to briefly discuss their organization and updates during the meeting.

A link to join the online meeting will be sent to those who register.

The FRN can be reached by phone at 304-845-3300 or at www.marshallcountyfrn.com

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