PARKERSBURG - A $10,000 donation for the 2012 air show at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport was approved on Monday by the Wood County Commission.
The commission also approved pollworkers for the May 8 primary election.
The commissioners voted unanimously to donate $10,000 to the airshow scheduled for Oct. 13-14. Of the total, $5,000 will be taken from contingencies and $5,000 from the hotel/motel tax innovative grant fund in the current fiscal year's budget, said commission President Blair Couch.
Donna Rusche, co-chair for the airshow, met with commissioners Monday. Mark Ruff is the other co-chair for the event. Couch suggested the event coordinators issue a challenge for Washington County, Ohio, to make a like contribution.
"I would suggest a challenge to bring Washington County into the fold. The cities of Belpre and Marietta have contributed funding to the airport in the past. Washington County has never funded the airport, but they have a seat on the regional airport authority board. It's their airport too. This event, even though it's only held every two years, is a huge draw for the area and a unique event," Couch said.
The funds donated by the county will be taken from the current fiscal year budget, which ends June 30. The new fiscal year begins July 1.
In other business Monday, commissioners agreed to remove two pollworkers from a list of more than 400 names submitted by the Republican and Democratic Executive Committees to work in the May 8 primary.
"There have been a couple of issues, concerns raised over problems in the past with a couple of the pollworkers," County Clerk Jamie Six told the commissioners. Rovers who work precincts election day and visit the precincts in question advised the commissioners about some of the problems experienced in the past.
Deputy clerk Melody Ross said there was one pollworker from each party that complaints had been received about and it was agreed to remove their names.
Ross noted the clerk's office is always in need of alternates willing to serve.
"We always have pollworkers who call off election day, they may have a health problem, or some emergency come up, so we are always in needed of additional names to be on the alternate list, representing both political parties," Ross said.
Those interested in serving as pollworkers on the alternate list can contact the clerk's office at 304-424-1860. Training for pollworkers starts April 25.