Sandyville Broadband Project ready for customers soon

Suzette Lowe
Jackson Newspapers

The Sandyville Broadband Project will be ready to sign up customers in that area very soon.

Luke Peters, from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, reported to County Commisisoners Dick Waybright, Mitch Morrison, and Mike Randolph, that has installed equipment and the signal has been boosted. Sprint and T-Mobile services are on the tower currently. According to a representative from AT&T, construction for that service will begin in 2021 if not sooner.

“There were some unavoidable delays in signing customers,” he said. “They were hoping to have it ready before school started.”

The customer target goal is 100 but Peters said there is capability for more.

Morrison who has worked most closely with the project was very pleased with the progress. He agreed with Waybright who said, “This is good news for Sandyville.”

Peters also informed the Commission that the West Virginia Development Office is ready to release funds for non-construction payments on the Southern Jackson Water Project. This includes such things as administrative and accounting services.

Emergency Medical Services Director Troy Bain submitted his written report.

With school starting, Bain met with the Jackson County Board of Education transportation employees to discuss all school bus safety and emergency policies. He also met with Work Force West Virginia to discuss the possibility of grant funding for paramedic students for the 2021 spring semester.

In other business, commissioners at the Sept. 9 meeting:

• Approved Drawdown #11 for the Sandyville Broadband Project to pay $8,979.76.

• Approved Madison Garber as a part-time employee for purpose of cleaning the courtroom due to COVID-19

• Approved hiring Morgan Kimble as part-time animal shelter worker

• Approved restructuring EMS secretary/billing clerk job description to EMS administrative assistant

• Approved the transfer of EMT Ashley Davis to EMS administrative assistant effective Sept. 16, 2020

• Approved Teresa Karst to serve an additional term on the Jackson County Housing Authority

• Approved Joyce Robinson for an additional term on the Jackson County Board of Health

• Acknowledged the retirements of Jackson County Assessor employee Jean Bower (36 years of service) effective Aug. 31, 2020, and EMS employee Mary Estep (30 years full-time service) effective September

The next meeting of the Commission will be at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 at the Jackson County Courthouse.