MADISON —The Boone County Commission was notified of two very large grants during its regular session meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the new judicial annex of the Boone County Courthouse in Madison.
The Boone County Solid Waste Authority received a $52,080 grant to purchase fuel for recycling trucks, baling wire, promotional items, recycling bags, office supplies and to assist with personnel, utilities and conference attendance for the ongoing county-wide program.
County Solid Waste Authority Director Rick Kirk presented the commission with a certificate acknowledging the large grant award. Boone County Economic Development Director Larry Lodato applied for the grant on behalf of the county and was also present during the presentation ceremony.
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman awarded grants worth $2 million to 40 recipients today through the REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) Recycling Assistance Grants program statewide.
Secretary Huffman presented the 2014 grants during a ceremony at the DEP’s Charleston headquarters. Grants were awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions, municipalities, private industries and nonprofit organizations.
Funding for the grant program is generated through the $1 assessment fee per ton of solid waste disposed at in-state landfills and is provided by West Virginia Code 22-15A-19(h) (1).
Lodato also announced that the county received a $33,000 grant to renovate the old Ellis Department Store building the county now owns into a new Day Report Center and other county judicial needs.
Lodato said state Senators representing Boone County, Ron Stollings and Art Kirkendoll, informed him last week that the county had been awarded the grant.
At the last county commission meeting, Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson and Chief Probation Officer Jerrry Swanson had approached the commission about the need for more space for the county’s judicial staff.
Also at the last county commission meeting, Lodato announced to the commission three other new grants the county has been awarded.
The WV Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority awarded a $80,080 grant for installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system on the 1st and 2nd floors of the courthouse.
A previous grant of $100,000 was awarded for a sprinkler system in the basement of the courthouse.
The 1st and 10 Foundation awarded the county a $15,000 grant for the Boone County Amphitheater project at Water Ways Park.
The West Virginia Development Office approved a grant request in the amount of $31,008, which must be matched with local funds, for economic development activities and carrying out a comprehensive program of economic development in Boone County.
In other county commission news, the county unanimously agreed to finalize the transfer of the Boone Memorial Hospital and secure the hospital’s $31 million U.S.D.A. loan to build a new facility. A reverter placed in the deed when the change was made from the county to the newly formed non-profit hospital group needed to be removed to allow the U.S.D.A. first lien position on the loan. That subordinate agreement was signed by the county and hospital officials during the commission’s meeting.
The county also unanimously approved a quick deed transfer claim to transfer a 20-foot strip of property to the hospital.
Hospital officials said a ground-breaking ceremony on the new hospital was tentatively scheduled for the first week in February 2014.