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INTERNET AND RADIO DISCUSSED — The Brooke County Commission moved forward Tuesday with plans to redesign the county’s website and establish a radio link to a statewide radio network used by emergency first responders. –Warren Scott

WELLSBURG — Plans for a new Brooke County website, a major upgrade to the county’s emergency communications system, and the status of future negotiations for school resource officers were discussed by the Brooke County Commission on Tuesday. .

Commissioners released a letter they sent to county school officials reaffirming their frustration that the financial terms discussed during negotiations with Superintendent Jeff Crook and Board Chairman Ted Pauls were not those approved by the school board at its September 26 meeting.

Signed by Commissioners Tim Ennis, Stacey Wise and AJ Thomas and Sheriff Rich Beatty, the letter ends with, “The BCC and the Brooke County Sheriff intend to continue trying to find a solution to ensure the placement of PRO deputies in Brooke County as soon as possible. All other proposals from the parties will be submitted in writing to Kim Croyle (Council Counsel), who may provide them to the party or parties designated by the BOE.

Crook could not be reached on whether negotiations for the officers could resume.

After negotiations for resource officers broke down last year, the school board hired a former sheriff’s deputy and resource officer to serve at Brooke High School and supervise a Wellsburg officer at Brooke Middle School, in under an agreement with the city, and security guards employed in other schools.

In other cases, the commission accepted a proposal from Revise Web Services to redesign the county’s website.

County coordinator Adrienne Ward said the company, which specializes in government websites, will create the site for $10,300 and host it while offering technical support for $1,800 a year, with another redesign to come. perform in five years at no additional cost.

Wise said the site will include the county clerk’s office, allowing him to accept online payment for fees he administers, and the ambulance service, although it has not been determined whether it will will also accept online payments.

She said the county tax office will continue to accept online payments as it has for the past few years.

Ward said the web address for the new site will be the same as the current one,

She added that the intention is to make the site more user-friendly and useful, with announcements such as holiday closings and other information.

Commissioners also approved an agreement with the Chillicothe Telephone Co. to extend fiber optic lines from the county’s 911 emergency center to a north radio tower in Weirton, providing access to the state of Virginia’s interoperable radio network. -Western.

The company will receive $14,500 to install the lines and a monthly connection and maintenance fee of $1,250.

Wise said that to complete the connection with the state’s emergency radio network and overcome the challenges presented by the terrain, a new tower was considered.

But the cost of the tower alone would have been around $250,000, she said while adding that Ward had come up with an alternative approach.

“Thank you to our county coordinator for finding this solution for us”, Ennis nodded.

The commission also accepted an offer of $40,432 from Jim Robinson Ford of Triadelphia for a Ford F-150 Interceptor for the sheriff’s department.

Stewards and Beatty said the vehicle will replace a vehicle that was hit by another driver, although much of its equipment could be transferred to the new car.

County Clerk Kim Barbetta noted that the county courthouse will be closed Monday for Columbus Day.

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