Commissioners make 2015 board appointments


The Switzerland County Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 20th. The commissioners normally meet on Monday, but did not in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

As the new year gets underway, the county made official appointments for the coming year. Those appointments included:

– County Attorney: Will Goering.

– Highway Department: Darrell Keith.

– East Enterprise Sewer District: Norman Supe, James Miller, and Harold Reeder.

– Tourism: Steven Jones-Ellard, Sarah Wolfe, and Pam Hines.

– Southeastern Regional Planning: Steven Jones-Ellard and Joe Bennett.

– Soil and Water Board: Josh South.

- County Park Board: John Kniola.

– Economic Development: Bruce Williams.

– Economic Redevelopment: Galen Rayles, Gene Crabtree, and Bruce Williams.

– SIEOC: Steven Jones-Ellard.

– Community Corrections: Josh South.


Items on the regular agenda included:

– Katie Collier of the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District informed the commissioners that the SWCD had paid out $75,275 from the ‘Clean Water Act’ grant.

– Strand Engineering representatives Jim McNutly and Tony Akles presented a $33,000 invoice to the commissioners.

The company had been hired to design the plant expansion of the Florence Regional Sewage Plant by the Redevelopment Commission. Strand has not been paid for the work they did in 2012. They were coming to the Commissioners for advice.

Commissioner Steve Lyons suggested that Strand work it out with Jon Bond, since it was the Redevelopment Commission that had hired them.

– Switzerland County Highway superintendent Darrell Keith informed the Commissioners that the highway department had received the new long arm mower/tractor from Brown Implement of Moorefield and they are very pleased with it.

Darrell Keith said that the department also picked up the new county truck.

– The Atkinson Hill Road project is near completion.

– FPBH Engineering reported that the permits are in place to replace the bridge on Bennington Pike. The plans are to build a block retaining wall by the Reed property so as to not infringe on the property owner any more than is required for the right of way.

The project will begin after school is out for the summer.

– Mike Bush passed out information about a floor cleaner that could be useful to the county for the TEC building. The commissioners will take this under advisement.

– The commissioners received a letter from Circuit Court Judge Greg Coy regarding child support.

In 2013, the county collected $757,372 in support; and in 2014, a total of $814,409 was collected.

– Commissioner Josh South asked that all county-owned computers be tagged in order to keep track of all the equipment.

- Rosemary Bovard