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Fee discusses plans to assist these effected by the closing of Allegheny Wooden Merchandise

KINGWOOD — Roughly 125-150 Prestonians have misplaced their jobs with the Feb. 23 closing of Allegheny Wooden Merchandise.

Throughout this week’s Preston County Fee assembly, Roberta Baylor, government director of the Preston County Financial Improvement Authority (PCEDA), gave commissioners the numbers.

Baylor stated the sawmill in Kingwood employed 70-100 people, and the dry kiln in Bruceton Mills employed about 50 employees.

Baylor stated a WorkForce West Virginia’s Fast Response Group will maintain a gathering on the 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. She stated the periods will give Allegheny Wooden workers entry to sources resembling profession planning, job placement, submitting an unemployment declare, coaching alternatives and extra.

Baylor stated these periods are offered by the Workforce WV Fast Response Group and supported by the Preston County Financial Improvement Authority and the Preston County Chamber of Commerce.

In different county enterprise, LaDeane Teets, director of the Farmland Safety Program (PCFP), stated 5 new farms are within the works to be added to this system this yr.

“We hope to fund all of them,” she stated. “This system at present consists of 1,108 acres. This is able to add 672 extra acres.”

Teets requested the fee for $500 to assist cowl the price of a dinner to be held on the signing.

No motion was taken.

Commissioners did approve a request made by Jim Savage, president of Preston County Vietnam Veterans Put up 977, to make use of the court docket home garden to carry an occasion for Nationwide Vietnam Struggle Observance Day. The occasion is scheduled to be held March 29. Extra data might be forthcoming.

Commissioners additionally accepted the formation of a nine-member advisory group to supply options on how opioid settlement funds needs to be spent. Commissioner Hunter Thomas stated he believed the board needs to be made up of representatives from the Preston County Well being Division, Mon Well being Preston Memorial Hospital, Neighborhood Corrections, the sheriff’s workplace, the Division of Well being and Human Sources, the Board of Training and the general public.

The formation of a second board was additionally mentioned. This one, the Preston County Property Security Board, is being fashioned to cope with the dilapidated and deserted buildings downside within the county.

A gathering to debate the board has been set for 9 a.m. March 14. Preston County had the same board, the Cleanup Committee, a number of years again. That board put collectively an ordinance that might cowl dilapidated and deserted buildings across the county.

Fee President Don Smith stated the ordinance put collectively by that board now must be tweaked to be extra in align with the West Virginia State Code. As soon as that’s carried out, he stated it will likely be useful in acquiring funding for the undertaking.

Thomas stated he would really like people who’ve dilapidated buildings to come back to the board moderately than having the litter officer go to them. He stated one chance could possibly be if somebody needs a constructing taken down they may pay half and fee pay half with ARPA funds.

No extra motion was taken.

The following assembly of the Preston County Fee might be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.