Hancock commissioners discuss vacancies

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County commissioners will be looking to fill two vacancies after accepting two resignations at last week’s meeting.

Commissioners accepted the resignation of Linda McNeil as a representative with the technical advisory committee of the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission, effective Nov. 16.

McNeil previously served as mayor of New Cumberland from 2012 until 2016 and had worked to secure funding for the state Route 2 project.

“Linda worked very hard at bringing some funds to Hancock County, particularly New Cumberland and the Route 2 bypass,” Commissioner Joe Barnabei said. “She spent a lot of time with the project. It’s sad to see her pull out on that, but I also understand where she’s coming from.”

“Her heart and soul is in this Route 2 bypass,” Commissioner Jeff Davis said. “Hopefully people can still step up to the plate and see that this becomes reality. I’d like to thank her for her service as well.”

The commission also accepted the resignation of Micah Shaffer, a part-time program assistant with the 4-H and Youth Program through the West Virginia University Extension Office, effective Nov. 2 for health reasons.

In his resignation letter, Shaffer stated he enjoyed working as a program assistant and would like to return to the county’s 4-H program soon, albeit in a smaller capacity.

Both positions are being advertised on the county’s Website.

In other business, the commission:

¯ Approved the hiring of Robert Valenti as a part-time field deputy in the county assessor’s office. Valenti will replace Max Flinn, who retired last month.

¯ Approved the appointment of April Raines to a two-year term as a fiduciary commissioner. Her term will start Dec. 15 and conclude Dec. 14, 2020. Raines, who previously served as a solicitor for the city of Chester, will succeed Ryan C. Rokisky, whose term concludes Dec. 14. Steven M. Recht, a member of the county bar association, said the appointment is a Democrat replacing a Democrat, which meets the state requirement.

¯ Tabled a motion to advertise on the county Website for a representative to the resource conservation and development board. Bob Vidas, executive director with the Office of Technology and Communications, said the board asked that any appointments to this board be held off until at least January, adding the board possibly may dissolve in 2019.

Also tabled was a motion to hire a janitor/maintenance position. Davis said 10 people have applied for the position, but only half of the applicants have been interviewed so far.

The next regular meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the courthouse.