Commission approves Economic Development Grant Resolution

Suzette Lowe

If a grant is approved by the West Virginia Development Office, the Jackson County Economic Development Authority (JCEDA) will receive $27,727 to promote local businesses.

Mark Whitley, JCEDA director, informed the Jackson County Commission at the Dec. 2 meeting, that marketing and business retention are two areas that the grant will help to address.

“We’ve gotten this grant for several years,” Whitley said. “It’s our hope that we will be approved again this year. We will update our website,, continue our very successful Facebook promotions of small businesses, and recruit new businesses, while retaining those we currently have.”

Commissioners Dick Waybright, Mitch Morrison, and Mike Randolph approved the Lead Economic Development grant resolution allowing Whitley to proceed.

A request by Walt Smittle, director of the county’s Office of Emergency Services, for installation of radio, extenders, and other equipment to the office’s truck was approved. Tanner Communications was approved as the vendor at the cost of $4,500.

In other business, Commissioners:

• Approved, once a confidentiality agreement is signed, a WorkForce West Virginia client to job shadow at the 911 center under the supervision of 911 director Montana Boggess

• Reviewed the written report from IT Manager Greg Thomas which included the selection of Zultys as the next IP phone system

• Approved budget revision #4 to the general fund

• Approved and authorized Waybrght to execute the contract and supporting documents for the 2021 Jackson County Airport general revenue grant in the amount of $12,500 and the Division of Justice and Community Services on the Victims of Crime Act grant for $39,648

• Approved pay application #2 to Dougherty Company for $20,439 for the courthouse HVAC project

• Acknowledge the retirement of paramedic Bradford Nichols effective Dec. 30, 2020 but allowing him to remain on the part-time employee list

• Retroactively approved entering into a grant agreement for HAVA Cares Act funding for $13,569.68 and authorized County Clerk Cheryl Bright to request reimbursement for additional costs incurred with the 2020 general election

• Appointed Stephanie McCoy, Josh Miller, Nick Miller, Carolyn Rader, Mark Fowler, Tim Bailey, and Rayna O’Dell for additional terms on the Jackson County Development Authority

• Appointed Waybright to serve an additional term on the Transit Authority, Little Kanawha Bus Company

• Shared that the 2020 general election results had been certified on Nov. 30, 2020

The next meeting of the commission will be at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 at the Jackson County Courthouse.