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Wood County Commission honors Kelly, makes appointments

Wood County Commission President Blair Couch presents retiring Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Manager Glen Kelly with a Spirit of Wood County Award during Monday’s commission meeting. Kelly is retiring, effective Wednesday. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission honored the airport manager, made appointments, set the swearing in for the next sheriff and more on Monday.

The commission presented Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Manager Glen Kelly with a Spirit of Wood County Award for his service to the county.

“Glen Kelly is hereby recognized … in honor of your achievements, accomplishments and community spirit demonstrated throughout our community,” Commission President Blair Couch read.

Kelly is retiring from the position. Today will be his last day as his retirement is effective Wednesday. He has been in the position for four years.

He talked about making a number of recent hires and more at the airport.

“He has done a great job,” Commissioner Bob Tebay said. Tebay serves on the airport authority board.

Officials said state lawmakers will be meeting soon to determine what will be done with the state’s $1.3 billion in federal money from the American Recovery Act.

Couch said he wants to see county and regional health departments get a portion of that money as those agencies have seen budget cuts over the past few years. He serves on the health department board.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department needs a new building as the one in downtown Parkersburg has had continuing maintenance issues and other concerns, he said.

The health department covers Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties.

“I really want to see the state fund a new health department building,” Couch said.

Other priorities could be in broadband expansion, but officials want to make sure there is a plan in place so there isn’t duplication in efforts with money allotted locally, at the state and federal levels. Officials also want to see Home Rule for counties.

County Administrator Marty Seufer said the county received a $100,000 Courthouse Facilities Grant from the state to be able to conduct roof work and repairs. The project will go out to bid in January with the work expected to start a couple months later.

“It will be a springtime project,” Seufer said.

Rick Woodyard will be taking the oath of office as the new Wood County Sheriff on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Wood County Courthouse during a special ceremony.

Woodyard was appointed last week by the commission to the position after Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens recently announced his retirement, effective Wednesday, following being named in lawsuits by employees and former employees alleging inappropriate behavior as well as the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association recently holding a vote of no confidence in his leadership.

The sheriff’s position is something Woodyard has sought for many years.

In other business:

* The commission approved the the reappointment of James Eaton to the Lubeck Public Service District.

* The commission announced a vacancy on the Mineral Wells Public Service District.

* The commission put Marvin Kerr, Bill Gandee, Gene Cumpston, Daniel Hickman, Greg Herrick, Marlin Sams and Chris Hoffman in nomination for reappointment to the Wood County Planning Commission.

* The commission approved putting Steve Worden, Joshua Downey, Larry Barnhart and Charles Hass on the Wood County Community Corrections Advisory Board

* The commission put Kathy Roedersheimer in nomination to the Wood County Building Commission.

Brett Dunlap can be reached at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com

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