The Parsons Advocate

See landfill page 2 See schools page 4 See commission page 4 Volume 125 No. 31 Wednesday, July 29, 2020 75 cents (tax incl.) See davis page 6 See parks page 7 Tucker County Offers Preliminary School Re-entry and Schooling Options By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Tucker County Board of Education President Tim Turner called the meeting to order through the virtual platform for their meeting. All members were present along with numerous teachers, parents, and concerned citizens with anticipation of the re-entry plan announcement. This piece of information has been highly anticipated as the summer is drawing to a close and staff, students, and parents alike are unsure how the 2020-2021 school year will proceed. Superintendent Alicia Lambert had the protocol proposal in hand which was categorized into multiple sections. “This guidance is fluid and it will change as information about COVID becomes available, it will change depending on what the Governor decides to do, so just because this is what we put out today doesn’t mean that this is how it will stay,” began Lambert. Two surveys were put out to the public with options pertaining to the return to school this fall. The most recent survey yielded 354 responses with the following results: 56% stated students should not be required to wear a mask, 64% agreed students should wear masks on buses, 44% prefer students attend five days a week, 25% suggested a blended model with two days in person and the remaining days virtual learning, 20% prefer four days in person and one day virtual, and 11% suggested full remote delivery. Lambert explained that full remote delivery, such as what was executed when school closed this spring, can only be implemented if Governor Justice orders. “We don’t have the authority to do that, that has to be issued by the Governor,” she said. Survey results, along with assistance from James Snyder with the Tucker County Health Department, assisted in the compilation of the re-entry plan, which is subject to change. Unless changed by Governor Justice, schools will open on September 8 but with a staggered entry. Students in grades twelve, eight, and four will attend school on the first day to become aware of the new protocol, regulations, be administered a Chromebook, and instructed on how to use Google Classroom. Grades eleven, seven, and three will go on September 9, grades ten, six, and two on September 10, and grades nine, five, and one September 11. Preschool Tucker County Landfill Granted Fund Access By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate For the first time in several months, the Tucker County Solid Waste Authority came together in person for their monthly meeting. Acting Chair Mark Holstine reported to the board that the Public Service Commission has granted access to the $2.2 million closure escrow account that can be used towards the construction of a new cell. As part of the loan agreement, the loan must be repaid over the course of 15 years, during which time the Solid Waste Management Board must remain in a managerial position. More good news followed with Holstine stating, “The general investigation is being closed by the Public Service Commission on the improper use of the previous construction and equipment escrow.” He explained that the order does Parsons City Parks Receive Updates By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate The basketball players of River City Park and the children who frequent Mill Race Park have something to look forward to on their next visits. The basketball court has been sealed by city staff and lined according to regulation sizing as a donation from Jake Kopec, owner of Brite Stripe. The new playground equipment has also been delivered to Mill Race Park and the supervised installation will be taking place within the next week. Warren Judy and Brandon Wilfong, co-owners of Shavers Fork Properties, were present at the meeting with a request for the council. Mayor Dorothy Judy excused herself from the meeting to prohibit conflict of interest. W. Judy and Wilfong were requesting a transfer of property between their company and the city which would offer parking for the monument in exchange for a section of a similar size that would allow the construction of additional riverfront cabins. City Administrator Jason Myers spoke with Attorney Pat Nichols who stated that since the property values were less than $1,000 and it is a near equal exchange, this would be a legal action if the council voted in favor. Councilwoman Amy Wagner questioned if the neighbors were comfortable with the exchange due to the right of way, which Parsons City Police Chief Deputy J.E. Kopec went to inquire. Upon return, the neighboring resident confirmed she had no Commission Unhappy with Message Portrayed to Youth By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate The Tucker County Commission had a shorter agenda at their recent meeting that began with a prayer by Reverend James Sherman and The Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and approved with a motion by Commissioner Jon Bush with Commissioner Fred Davis and Commission President Lowell Moore both in favor. Moore addressed the audience and guests first, beginning with Tucker County Fair Board President DanieleWilfong, who was present for a funding request. Even though the Tucker County Fair has been canceled per orders from W.Va. Governor Jim Justice, a private livestock show and sale will still take place. To allow buyers to pay via credit or debit card at the sale, Wilfong is requesting $1,400 from the commission to purchase a card reading kit. Moore said after conferring with his colleagues, “We’re going to agree on this one Daniele, but I’ve got an issue with the T-shirts you’ve got out.” Wilfong replied, “Yeah, they’re not out anymore, the post is still out on Facebook but it’s over.” “I want to tell you, that’s Tucker County youth week down there, and that is not youth language, please don’t put that out there,” Moore stated. Wilfong responded that it was changed from saying fair to mud bog and that they’re two separate entities, and continued saying, “I will tell you Lowell that shirt sold twice over the other one, and it would’ve raised, you know, close to $1,000 towards our, I understand your concern, but.” “Please don’t put that out there for our youth,” Moore reiterated. “OK,” responded Wilfong. He stated that there is nothing wrong with the shirts, just that word should have been omitted. In reference to the purchase of the card reader, County Clerk Sherry Simmons Davis Signs Off on $2.3 Million Project By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Attorney John Stump with Steptoe and Johnson again joined the Davis Town Council meeting to speak on behalf of the upgrade project planned for the town. The total project is projected to cost $2,335,000, though fortunately nearly 50% is grant funded. Stump went through the memorandum, resolution on open governmental proceeding rules, the supplemental resolution, authorization of payments, and the sweep resolution to ensure clarification of all documents and answer any questions. The loan will be closed on August 5 and the monthly payments are approximately $8,000. The council, with the exception of Councilman John Felton who was absent, voted and agreed upon all documentation and are eager to bring these much needed updates to the residents of Davis. Gary Berti attended the meeting to explain his request for a building permit. Berti wishes to install an The Tucker County Landfill and Solid Waste Authority has been granted access to an escrow account of $2.2 million to construct a new cell. The Parsons City employees resealed the River City Park basketball court before Jake Kopec, owner of Brite Stripe, donated his time to striping the court according to regulation standards. Attorney John Stump attended the recent Davis Town Council meeting to explain and receive signatures to prepare the closing of a $2,225,000 loan to provide needed updates to the town.