By Lyra Bordelon
The Greenbrier County Commission called a special meeting to approve a new savings account for COVID-19 relief funds, open bids for flooding clean up, and emphasize the availability of vaccines on Thursday, Mar. 25.
The approval of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will soon bring over $6 million into Greenbrier County and many of the municipalities within. In order to receive these funds, the Commission authorized the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office to open a new bank account.
“But it’s not all going to the sheriff’s department,” joked and clarified Commissioner Tammy Shiflett-Tincher.
An overall plan for the funds has not yet been approved by the commission.
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The commission opened bids for water damage clean up on Route 60 near Meadow River and Route 92 near the Anthony Creek area.
“This is from the high water that we had just a couple of weeks ago,” explained Commissioner Lowell Rose.
“This is only for select locations in these two areas of the county, it’s not for the total stream restoration,” Tincher added. “There are four locations and sites that will be cleaned up. We’re doing this through the West Virginia soil conservation and the Greenbrier Valley Soil Conservation office. It’s money available through the emergency executive order.”
- Superior Pocahontas LLC, $25,190
- LD Hanna and Son, $18,560
- All Construction, $29,799
- Lynch Construction, $26,202
The bids will next be sent to the soil conservation office for further consideration.
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Anyone age 16 and over is now able to get a vaccine, and the commission urged those who want to get a vaccine to sign up through the state’s website at vaccinate.wv.gov.
Rose also noted people who “signed up and haven’t heard anything from the state or anybody,” should “just go ahead and call the health department … and get scheduled for next Thursday cause we’re having a little problem with the state system. Sign up there, but go ahead and call the health department, if you’re 16 to 100,” if they haven’t contacted you after signing up on the state website.
In a recent COVID-19 Task Force update, anyone who signed up and had not heard back could call 304-645-1787.
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“On Apr. 1, 2021 all 2020 unpaid real and personal property taxes will be prepared for publication in the newspapers,” reads a social media post from the Greenbrier County Courthouse. “A $20 publication fee will be added to each unpaid 2020 ticket if not paid by Apr. 30, 2021. We will honor the Apr. 30, 2021 postmark for payments mailed to us for processing. However, your name will still be published in the newspapers if we have not received payment in the Greenbrier County Tax Offices by May 1, 2021.”