The Times West Virginian

March 20, 2014

County commission doles out funding

By Richard Babich
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Commission provided allocations for a variety of organizations and heard pleas from others for next year’s budget.

Nearly a dozen organizations asked the commissioners for funding next year. This meeting helps the commission plan their budget and happens once a year.

“We look at how much each agency wants and compare that to what we are projected to receive,” Marion County Commission president Burley Tennant said. “(After we project our budget), we calculate how much we could give them.”

The commission generally approves allocations for organizations that are self-sustaining and plan to give back to the community, Tennant said.

The next fiscal year begins on July 1.

The United Way of Marion County is receiving a $1,000 allocation strictly for the purpose of advertising for the Heston Farms Arts and Music Festival. Last year, the festival had around 600 people in attendance.

Leadership Marion and the United Way received a $1,000 allocation for an event called “Spring into Action Fair.” The allocation will allow the more of the fundraiser money to go to the causes in attendance.

The Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association received $1,000 in allocations for its first open house event.

The commission passed a resolution to allow the Marion County Regional Development Office receive a $10,000 funding. To receive the funding, a local government sponsor was needed to approve the application.

The Marion County Developmental Office will use the funding for general operations, Tennant said.

Wills and settlements were accepted by the commission without any objections during the meeting.

The Valley Falls Public Service District reconciliation report for the month of January was published and made official.

The cable provider “Comcast” will be adding the HSN2 television station to the digital starter service.

During the meeting, Palatine Park commemorative favors were given to the commissioners and some of the attending parties. Many of the organizations in attendance spoke excitedly about utilizing Palatine Park.

“We want everyone in the community to use it,” Tennant said. “We want somebody to use it every day once it is ready.”

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