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COUNTY COORDINATOR HIRING – The Brooke County Commission on Tuesday approved the hiring of Adrienne Ward as the newly created County Coordinator position and announced a meeting will be held on Thursday to discuss potential road expansion of State 2. — Warren Scott

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission on Tuesday approved the hiring of a county coordinator to oversee various operations and announced a meeting would be held Thursday to encourage the expansion of State Route 2.

After approving her hire, commissioners welcomed Adrienne Ward, who will step into the new position of county coordinator on July 16.

Commissioners earlier said the position would involve obtaining various grants for the county, gathering information needed for legal action against dilapidated structures, illegal dumps and related matters; and management of human resource issues.

The annual salary for the new position will be $50,000, which is comparable to current county department heads.

Commission Chairman AJ Thomas said other counties in the Northern Panhandle had similar positions.

The move was backed by County Attorney Joseph Barki, who said he thought it was “absolutely necessary.”

“In the long run, it will pay for itself. I really think it will.” he said.

Commissioners noted that Ward became familiar with ongoing infrastructure and development projects in the county through her position as office manager for the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission and, in 2020, has collected information from Brooke and Hancock county officials to show the need for high-speed Internet service in both counties.

Ward thanked the commissioners for their trust in her, adding that she knows how hard they and their staff work to improve the county and she looks forward to doing the same.

County Commissioner Tim Ennis said various state officials have been invited to a meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss the Route 2 expansion.

Last year, Ennis suggested the committee send letters to the state Department of Transportation and the West Virginia Route 2 and Highway 68 Authority urging them to push for the widening of the four-lane highway between Wellsburg and Short Creek.

He noted that federal dollars should be allocated for infrastructure and that a new bridge over the Ohio River is being built about a mile south of Wellsburg.

Current plans call for Route 2 near the bridge to be widened only to include turning lanes on the span.

In related matters, the commission agreed to announce a seat on the Route 2 and Interstate 68 Authority, a volunteer board tasked with prioritizing areas for expansion of the two highways and lobbying state officials. for such development.

Duane Heck, a longtime Brooke County representative on the board, has asked to be reappointed, but board policy is to accept letters of interest whenever a board member’s term touches. at its end.

Commissioners also named Kim McConnaughy, Mike Vitello and Scott Gallagher to the Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board.

In other cases:

— The commission approved the first quarterly payment of $9,918 to Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle.

The commission had allocated approximately $29,754 in its budget to the economic development agency.

–Jeff Luck, deputy director of the county ambulance service, said a grant of $5,218 was provided by Marathon Corp’s community investment program. to replace two outdated automated external defibrillators at the county courthouse.

– Commissioners mourned the death of Dan Ciccolella, a longtime volunteer firefighter who was also active in Follansbee as a leader of the Follansbee Girls Softball League and a member of Garibaldi Lodge and Theta Chi Alpha.

Ciccolella, who was 65, died on Sunday.

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