Upshur County Commissioners Court appointed all five members of the Upshur County Emergency Services District Board when the court met on Thursday.
The court, which went into closed session less than two hours before The Mirror’s deadline for this issue, also hired a road administrator to head the Road and Bridge Department.The court appointed three members for 2-year terms, and two for 1-year terms, to the ESD board.
County Judge Dean Fowler said the court needed to appoint all five of the board’s members Thursday “because it (the appointment process) really hasn’t been done correctly in the past.”
Named to 2-year terms were current member Gaston (Bubba) DeBerry, and new members Cloddie Henson and Mark Nichols. Appointed to 1-year terms were current member George Whisenhunt and newcomer Jared Maddox.
The court also approved recording the resignations of William M. (Bill) Darby and Paul Fite from the board.
DeBerry told The Mirror Fowler will swear in the five appointees at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Gilmer Fire Department, where the board will meet at 7 p.m.
In other business Thursday, the court opened bids from numerous firms for various Road and Bridge materials, then voted to have the Road and Bridge Department analyze them and bring them back on a spreadsheet at the court’s Feb. 15 meeting.
Fowler said that if the court employed someone to head the department, “they’ll work on it (analyzing the bids), too.” The materials include gasoline, oil, asphalt, culverts, etc.
Commissioners also Thursday approved a plat for the City of Ore City after Pct. 2 Comm. Cole Hefner said the city is “taking four lots and making them one big lot.”
Fowler said a Family Dollar store will be built in the area in question, and that approving the plat was aimed at avoiding “confusion.” Hefner said the city purchased the lots and is selling them.
The court also Thursday approved:
• Paying $299 for repairing a printer in Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Laura Norred’s office.
• The Upshur County Community Fund’s request to place its tally board on the courthouse lawn during its annual fund drive in March.