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The Chief Judge of a circuit has the authority to order an emergency closure of the courts in that circuit, including circuit courts, magistrate courts, circuit clerk’s offices, magistrate clerk’s offices, family courts, and probation offices. Any time off for court staff is not considered annual or sick leave. Magistrates are on a holiday/weekend schedule during the closure.

In some counties, although the courts are closed, other areas of the courthouses may remain open. In other counties, both courts and entire courthouses are closed. For information on county offices not covered by the judicial orders (which cover only the judicial offices listed above), contact that county commission.

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On October 14-15, 2012 thirty-eight County Commissioners and staff from 22 counties came together with CCAWV Staff and RJA Executive Director Joe DeLong to discuss county concerns and suggested solutions to the increasing cost to counties for incarcerating inmates in regional jails, CCAWV’s top legislative priority for 2013.

The group spent Sunday afternoon brainstorming and came up with over 30 concerns. Before recessing for dinner, the group agreed to a methodology for prioritizing the multitude of topics, the following morning. Through much discussion and lively debate, 5 top priority issues emerged. (The complete list of committee study topics, including the priorities, are listed on the enclosed/attached newsletter insert.)

Region 1
Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Braxton, Nicholas, Webster, Fayette, Clay   
Fayette County
December 14, 2012
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fayette County Courthouse

Region 2
Doddridge, Calhoun, Wirt, Pleasants, Wood, Ritchie, Tyler, Roane, Mason, Putnam, Jackson    Jackson County
December 17, 2012
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jackson County Courthouse

Region 3
Logan, Wayne, Mingo, Cabell, Lincoln, Kanawha, Boone   
Logan County
December 19, 2012
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Chief Logan State Park
Lunch provided

Region 4
Grant, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, Tucker, Pendleton, Randolph, Pocahontas   
Randolph County
November 14, 2012
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rail Yard Restaurant
Town Square, Elkins
Lunch provided

Region 5
Berkeley, Morgan, Jefferson   
Berkeley County
December 3, 2012
9:00 am
Blue Ridge Community Technical College
13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg

Region 6
Raleigh, Summers, Mercer, Monroe, Wyoming, McDowell, Greenbrier   
Monroe County
December 13, 2012
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
County Courthouse

Region 7
Harrison, Monongalia, Preston, Barbour, Marion, Taylor  
Preston County
December 6, 2012
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
County Courthouse

Region 8
Marshall, Brooke, Ohio, Hancock, Wetzel   
Wetzel County
December 5, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Quinet’s (court) Restaurant

Wood County Commission Partners with County Civics Literacy Council

Back in April, the Wood County Commission partnered with the County Civics Literacy Council to pilot an interactive civic education program for at-risk middle schoolers from one of the county’s six middle schools, Hamilton Middle School. Seventh grade social studies teacher, Amy Nicely, recruited the students to be members of Citizens in Action (CIA). A two-day experience was planned and implemented for around 30 students.

By CCAWV Representative, Mike Taylor, Randolph County Commissioner

The Governor held the first meeting of his, “WV Blue Ribbon Highway Commission” on September 14, 2012. Governor Tomblin reviewed the goals of the commission to be completed before the 2012 Legislative Session.

The main responsibility of the commission is to maintain and repair the existing highways and bridges in the State of West Virginia. We need to find more efficient cost containment methods and come up with more sources of funding.

Maintaining the highways is essential to the economic development of the State. The next meeting will be held on October 19, 2012 and I will keep you updated. These meetings are open to the public. Thank you for allowing me to serve the County Commissioners as their representative on this Commission. Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley, also attended as the WVACo representative.

The County Commissioners’ Association’s Board and Legislative Committee met on September 16 & 17, 2012 in Charles Town, WV for their fall meeting. The meeting went very well and we would like to thank everyone who attended for their time and efforts. Thanks also to the Jefferson County Commission for being such great hosts. We appreciate everyone’s support.

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital recently announced their choices for the 2012 Women of Distinction Award. Three outstanding women from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia were selected to receive the prestigious award based on distinguished service, excellent leadership and capacity to serve as role models for girls, including our own, Morgan County Commission President - Stacy Dugan. "We received nominations from individuals, community leaders, business owners and the government sector. The honorees were selected by an independent committee comprised of former Awardees, unaffiliated with Girl Scouts,” said Berniece Collis, member of the Girl Scout Council Board of Directors. Ask Stacy Dugan to define her core and she’ll immediately say, ”Arizona.” Arizona Henry was Stacy’s great-grandmother who raised her and taught her loving lessons of hard work, respect for your neighbor and giving back to the community.

The County Commissioner's Association Lease-Purchase Program is pleased to
welcome the Taylor County Commission as it's newest participant. The commission
has been involved in a project to upgrade the tax office with a new computer system,
which includes new hardware and software. The commission chose the program to
finance the cost of the upgrade. This new system will allow tax office employees to
better utilize their time and create a better, more reliable way to manage tax documents.

PROGRAM BENEFITS:
1.Cash Conservation: Pay for the equipment over useful life. Eliminate budget spikes for purchasing or replacing equipment.
2.100% Financing: Provides funding for the entire project. No money down.
3. Deferred Payment Option(s): Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual options available

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Nearly thirty years ago, the leaders of Lewis County began planning to expand our facilities to meet the growing needs of government. They diligently started saving for an expansion. Today we are celebrating the nearly three decades of fiscal stewardship and management that have made the Lewis County Judicial Annex a reality.

Numerous plans had been discussed, but it was not until 2009 when the Honorable Judge Thomas Keadle suggested a judicial annex that the county found a viable solution to our problem. The search began to find an architectural firm that could provide a solid, state of the art design to fit the needs of the court systems.

Crowning achievement: The ability to create a unified county team that has enabled us to build a $1.8 million aquatic center and an $8.6 million annex in the same year.
Biggest debacle or most embarrassing moment: Finding out a home that no one thought
had any historical value was on the National Registry after you had demolished it.
Best advice for other County Commissions: Agree to Disagree.
Funniest thing to ever happen at a commission meeting: When the custodian changed
cleaning products used on the Commissioners’ chairs and all three kept sliding off their chairs during the commission meeting.
Commission Staff: Cindy Whetsell, Administrator and Phyllis Corathers, Administrative Assistant.

The  County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia will be hosting an annual essay contest on county government for 8th grade students across the state. The topic of the essay is, “How does my county government make life better for me?” For more information about the contest, please contact Vivian Parsons at CCAWV at vivian@ccawv.org.

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