Belington Raises City Salaries, Looks At Raising Municipal Fee Rates
On Thursday, November 19, Belington City Council met in regular session
at 7:30 p.m. at Belington City Hall. At the meeting, the council
members voted to fill the Ward III council vacancy left by Debra
Hutchison, who moved to another district. The council members voted
unanimously to allow Sonny Moore to fill the seat. Moore served
previously on the council until the last election cycle. Moore stated
that he has since retired and wishes to give back more to the community.
In other news, the council is currently looking at a possible raise in
the municipal fees for the city, which have not been updated since the
rates were set in 1987. The increase in fees is to assist the Street
Department with the heavy costs of street lighting throughout the city.
The city reportedly spends a great deal more than it takes in from the
municipal fee to keep street lights lit. The city hopes to offset the
costs with a slow increase in municipal fee rates, which are used to pay
for the lights currently but do not completely cover the costs at the
present time. The council will have several ordinance and finance
committee meetings to iron out the details before the council makes its
ultimate decision, which will include public hearings and readings.
In related news, the council members also unanimously voted to place
funds aside for street paving in the upcoming year. A motion made by
Councilwoman Maureen Lasky-Setchell requested that the city rebudget
$15,000 into a fund specifically for the pavement of city streets in
2016. The fund will be a one-time only fund for the upcoming spring and
summer paving season. The motion passed unanimously.
the council also passed a motion to increase salaries for all city
employees by six percent, effective January 1, 2016. The motion passed
in a unanimous vote.
Belington City Council will meet again in regular session on Thursday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Belington City Hall.
Arrests Made In Investigation Of Mailbox Thefts
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department and the Philippi Police Department stated in a press release that the following arrests were made after investigating numerous complaints of mailbox tampering and destruction of property. The two arrests are related to ongoing investigations of numerous mailbox thefts in the Barbour County area and surrounding counties.
Jacob Andrew Monn, 19, of Cario, WV, was arrested in felony charges of possession with intent to deliver a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, and has since confessed to additional misdemeanor offenses.
Michah D. Richardson, 18, of York, PA, has been arrested on two counts of petit larceny, two counts of destruction of property, two counts of fraudulent schemes, and two counts of conspiracy, all of which are misdemeanors charged by the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department and the Philippi Police Department.
Anyone with information pertaining to or anyone who has been a victim of these offenses should contact the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department at 304-457-2352 or the Philippi Police Department at 304-457-3700. Residents are strongly encouraged to report all suspicious active to local law enforcement agencies.
County Wide Pre-Kindergarten And Kindergarten Registration January 8
Barbour County Schools will be enrolling students for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten at Philip Barbour High School on Friday, January 8, 9 .m. to 4 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. Follow the signs. If school is cancelled or delayed for any reason, the registration will be rescheduled for January 15, at the same location and time.
Please note the following guidelines for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten:
Parents are reminded that children must attend a state approved Kindergarten prior to entering first grade.
Children who will be five (5) years old before September 1, 2016, are eligible for enrollment in kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year. Please provide the following information when registering your child: a copy of the official birth certificate from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, up-to-date immunization records, latest Health Check (EPSDT), latest dental screening, and the child’s social security card. Verification of completed immunizations may be obtained through the Barbour County Health Department or your family physician prior to enrollment. More information will be provided to parents at registration.
If your child is currently enrolled in a pre-kindergarten program, you do not need to register for the 2016-2017 school year. This will occur automatically.
Children who will be four (4) years old before September 1, 2016, are eligible for enrollment in pre-kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year. Please have the following information available when registering your child: a copy of the official birth certificate from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, up-to-date immunization records, latest Health Check (EPSDT), latest dental screening, the child’s social security card, income verification such as last year’s W-2 form and/or pay stub with last year’s information. Income information may be requested to identify students who are eligible for federal programs. Verification of completed immunizations may be obtained through the Barbour County Health Department or your family physician prior to enrollment. Additionally, parents will need to complete a universal pre-kindergarten application at the time of registration.
A note about Pre-Kindergarten:
Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Barbour County Schools will offer five days a week for Pre-Kindergarten students. Pre-Kindergarten students are placed into families choice of location based on a point system, points will be given for attending registration!
Barbour County Schools participates in a collaborative pre-kindergarten program in accordance with West Virginia Code and West Virginia Department of Education Policy 2525. The collaborative programs work together to provide the same curriculum, reporting, and professional development, and program improvement activities to foster a climate of universality for our pre-kindergarten students. Because of the universal approach to pre-kindergarten education, all four year olds are able to benefit from the quality programs that prepare them for public school. Enrollment in PK program is voluntary; however, once the child is enrolled attendance must follow WV Code 18-8-1.
Further information concerning the county kindergarten and preschool programs may be obtained by contacting the Board of Education Office at 304-457-3030 extension 111.
Barbour County Honors Veterans
Barbour County honored its many Veterans last Wednesday during the county’s annual Veterans Day parade held along Main Street in Philippi.
Following the parade, The American Legion Post No. 44 held its annual Veterans Day Observance ceremony at the Philippi City Building. The Alderson Broaddus University West Virginians performed at the opening of the ceremony, as well as several times throughout the event. Boy Scout Troop 644 led the Pledge to the Flag.
Post Commander Sherman Wilkinson welcomed guests, Veterans, and community members. Among those in attendance were Delegate Danny Wagner and Barbour County Superintendent Jeff Woofter. Marvin Brown, Chaplin, gave the invocation before Commander Wilkinson introduced the guest speaker.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was Rev. James O’Connor.
Barbour County Magistrate Court Cases Heard Before Magistrate Tina M. Mouser
The following cases were presented November 19, 2015, by Samantha J. Sclafani, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney:
Alicia Katlyn Rose Murphy has been charged with battery. The matter was continued by Murphy. Attorney Justina D. Helmick represented Murphy. The investigating officer was Patrolman A.G. Bolton of the Philippi Police Department.
Jacob Wayne Keener has been charged with petit larceny. The matter was continued by Keener. Attorney G. Philip Davis represented Keener. The investigating officer was Patrolman S.A. Miller of the Philippi Police Department.
Robert Wayne Zastawniak pled guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substance second offense and driving while license revoked for driving under the influence. Zastawniak, was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $1,000 for the offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substance second offense. Zastawniak was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $100for the offense of driving while license revoked for driving under the influence. Sentences are to run consecutively and Zastawniak must complete alcohol treatment and submit proof to the Court. Attorney William T. Nestor represented Zastawniak. The investigating officer was Chief D.J. Harris of the Belington Police Department.
Jason Scott Beohm pled guilty to driving while license suspended or revoked. Beohm was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $150. Beohm shall report to the Day Report Center. Attorney Jamella L. Lockwood represented Beohm. The investigating officer was Patrolman D.A. Cale of the Philippi Police Department.
Harley Blaine Croston pled guilty to obstructing an officer and possession of a controlled substance. Croston was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $50.00 which the Court suspended and placed Croston on one year unsupervised probation for the offense of obstructing an officer. Croston was sentenced to six months probation for the offense of possession of a controlled substance. Attorney Jamella L. Lockwood represented Croston. The investigating officer was Sergeant B.A. Miller of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
Sarah Deann Brady pled guilty to two counts of battery on an officer. Brady, was sentenced to six months in jail on each charge with credit for time served and sentences to run consecutively. Attorney Jamella L. Lockwood represented Brady. The investigating officer was Chief Deputy B.M. Carpenter of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.