The Parsons Advocate

See AMB U L ANCE page 3 Volume 126 No. 12 Wednesday, March 17, 2021 $1.00 (tax incl.) See WITH DRAWAL page 4 Car Wash, Storage Units on Pennsylvania Ave. Under New Ownership B y H eather Clower The Parsons Advocate A new sign reading ‘Soapy Joe’s’ is situated in front of the car wash and storage units along Pennsylvania Avenue in Parsons as new owners have taken over the city amenities. Brian and Debbie Stevens purchased the business from Scott and Eliza- beth Lancaster on December 31, 2020. This business consists of twelve storage units, eight of which are 10 feet by 10 feet, and IRXU WKDW DUH ¿YH IHHW E\ IHHW LQ size. Three of the units are cur- rently available for rent with nine being leased. The carwash has four wash bays, however, one is currently undergoing some restoration work. New lights are being installed and other minor, general improvements are the Stevens’ primary focus right now before R൵HULQJ DQ\ DGGLWLRQDO VHUYLFHV City of Parsons Preparing for Harman Fund Withdrawal B y H eather Clower The Parsons Advocate The agenda for the Parsons City Council was shorter than usual as they are preparing for their biggest meeting of the year on March 15; that of the Harman Fund Withdrawal. Danielle Sponaugle, Financial Director for City, presented an invoice list for $55,209.15. Councilman Tim Auvil made a motion to make the payments with Councilwoman 0HOLVVD -RQHV R൵HULQJ D VHFRQG DQG DOO LQ IDYRU City Administrator and Treasurer Jason Myers prepared a General Fund and Coal Severance Rev- enue Control Report, which Auvil and Recorder Bruce Kolsun acknowledged the receipt of. An updated project list for the Harman Memorial Fund was provided which Kolsun and Auvil both moved to accept with all in favor. Parsons City Chief of Police K.L. Keplinger announced that in 2020, the Parsons Police Depart- ment answered 261 dispatch calls for service from 911. “When you compare the size of our area com- SDUHG WR WKH 6KHUL൵¶V 'HSDUWPHQW DQG WKH 6WDWH Police, that’s impressive,” he stated. To date, he DQG KLV R൶FHUV KDYH GHGLFDWHG KRXUV WR ZRUN - ing with the Covid-19 vaccination clinics, and con- tinue to do so as long as they are being held. “Last week we had 462 vaccinations,” Keplinger added. At the time of the meeting, W.Va. led the country in percentage of vaccine distributions, with Tucker County leading the state. 1HZ &RGH (QIRUFHPHQW 2൶FHU $GDP $UERJDVW KDV EHHQ LQ WKH R൶FH VHYHUDO WLPHV DQG KDV KDG KLV XQLIRUP DQG HTXLSPHQW RUGHUHG DQG ¿WWHG IRU KLV ballistic vest. Keplinger is working with the Fire Ambulance Authority Shows Over $30,000 to Commissioners B y H eather Clower The Parsons Advocate The minutes from the previ- ous meeting were approved as presented with a motion from Davis with all in favor. Ambulance Authority Direc- tor Terry Silk appeared to pres- ent the Commissioners with an EMS Financial Report for the month of February. “In Feb- ruary, our total receipts were RXU WRWDO H[SHQVHV ZHUH ´ EHJDQ 6LON “What’s your average cost per month,” asked Commission President Mike Rosenau. Silk responded probably between WR GHSHQGLQJ on the number of payrolls that month. The ambulance that was in the accident in January must be replaced which resulted in a request for the CARES Act refund reimbursement that is due to the EMS. “We really need that funding to replace that ambulance,” Silk con- ¿UPHG 5RVHQDX DVNHG IRU DQ insurance update on that vehi- cle, though negotiation is still ongoing. Tracey Kennedy spoke on behalf of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), a federally funded pro- gram designed to provide train- ing for individuals and busi- QHVVHV DQG WR R൵VHW FRVWV IRU WUDLQLQJ VWD൵ DQG QHZ KLUHV Rosenau inquired if there were any companies within Tucker County that WIOA is currently working with. “With the youth program we have done on-the- job training with the Tucker County Animal Shelter, and we have a great relationship with Mountain Laurel Learning Co-op,” she responded. They have also worked with Pro- Poly of America with on-the- job training. Kennedy is working to spread the word share what programs are available to par- ticipate statewide. Additional resources were left with the Commissioners for anyone Courthouse - The Tuck er County Commission receiv ed f und- ing req uests f rom sev eral county entities, b ut also was made aware of a large deficit during February for the Tucker County EMS Financials. The car wash on Pennsylv aniaAv enue is now k nown as Soapy J oe’ s af ter the b usiness changed hands on December 31, 2020. Wanted Sub ject: J ames Tyrone Pugh Clarksburg, WV The United States Mar- shals Service is requesting the public’s assis- tance in apprehending James Tyrone Pugh aka “Tyke” aka “Fam”. Pugh is described as a 46 \HDU ROG EODFN PDOH DSSUR[LPDWHO\ ¶ ´ WDOO and weighing 195 lb, with black hair and brown eyes. Pugh is being sought after being indicted by the FBI Mon Metro Drug Task Force for possession with intent to distribute Fentenayl and Conspiracy to Distribute in October 2020. Pugh is known to frequent multiple areas of WV, including Morgantown, Wheeling, and Beckley. Pugh also has ties to multiple other states including NY, TX, IL, CA, and FL. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Pugh should contact the US 0DUVKDOV 6HUYLFH DW In addition to the car wash, the twelv e unit storage f acility was also purchased b y Brian and Deb b ie Stev ens, with three units cur- rently available for rent. The Parsons City Council met f or a short agenda as they prepare to work on their b udgets to present recommendations on how the 2021 Harman Fund will be distributed and spent. H A P P Y S A I N T PAT R I C K ’ S DAY