Red Cross offers statistics to Hancock County

NEW CUMBERLAND — A representative with the local American Red Cross chapter presented the latest information to Hancock County Commissioners during the April 13 meeting.

Sharon Kesselring, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia, said for the fiscal year 2016 — July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 –there were 12 emergency responses within the county, servicing 34 people; 22 cases on the services to armed forces program; 114 units of health and safety courses taught in the county; 84 units of blood donated; 60 smoke alarms installed; and one volunteer, to which she stated that more volunteers are needed in the county.

Kesselring reported on the Smoke Alarms Save Lives program, saying the Northwest West Virginia chapter fulfilled its goal of installing 2,000 smoke detectors in homes of residents located within the chapter’s boundaries, which consists of 17 counties. She said 215 lives nationwide have been saved through the program, including seven in West Virginia.

She discussed a new program, the Pillowcase Project, designed to educate third- through fifth-grade pupils about how they can help families be better prepared; its service to the armed Forces and its veterans service initiative; and its mobile app available through iPhones and Android devices.

In other business:

¯ In personnel matters, the commission approved seven part-time hires for the Hancock County Animal Shelter, made at the recommendation of Bob Vidas, executive director of the office of technology and communications. Approved were Bonnie Shaffer, Nicole Jackson, Jeannie Graham, Haley Spurlock, Charly Gibson, Kaleena Crane and Jennifer Walker.

¯ The commission approved the internal budget revision for the fiscal year 2016-17, but tabled the general county budget revision. According to Finance Director Karen LaScola, some items, which came in after the agenda was prepared, require further review by the commission.

Also in financial matters, the commission approved a request from the prosecuting attorney’s office to accept depository bonds with the Hancock County Savings Bank and WesBanco Bank, as well as the list of probate cases through the prosecutor’s office.