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August 14, 2008

Commission sets aside $65,000 for VFDs

Budget revision allows county to pay off loan to renovate Jacob’s Building

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Commissioners agreed during their Wednesday night meeting to set aside $65,000 to help the 13 volunteer fire departments in the county purchase equipment.

The funds will be distributed among the various departments, with each receiving $5,000, said Alan Parks, commission president. The funds will be used to purchase new high-band pagers for the fire departments.

The high-band radio equipment operates on a different frequency than the low-band equivalent.

Although the funds may not guarantee every firefighter in every department receives a high-band pager, the money will be a big help in ensuring the agencies can provide their firefighters with the most up-to-date equipment, said Wayne Stutler, commissioner.

According to Stutler, the county’s low-band radio broadcasts have been overriding broadcasts from agencies in Greene County, Pennsylvania. He added that this overriding of broadcasts has caused first-responders in Greene County numerous problems.

“Going to the high-band pagers and reducing the power on our low-band transmission should solve the problem,” Stutler said.

The commissioners also unanimously agreed to a $286,000 budget revision which would allow the county to pay off the approximately $300,000 loan used to renovate the Jacob’s Building. The Jacob’s Building houses the Marion County Sheriff’s office and the probation office, among others.

“We now own the Jacobs Building free and clear,” Parks said after the budget revision was approved.

Paying off the loan means the county will now no longer have to dole out the approximately $1,000 a month interest payment on the loan, Stutler said.

The commissioners also unanimously approved the appointment of Jack Clayton to the North Central Airport Authority. The county had received three applications for the slot on the board.

The county commission will again meet on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the J. Harper Meredith Building Room 403.

E-mail Paul Fallon at pfallon@timeswv.com.

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