Wood County Commission discusses volunteer fire reimbursement, archiving dated records

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Wood County's volunteer fire departments are offering a payback schedule for money they owe the county commission.

As in previous years, the commission provided each department $17,000 from their annual budget, which was approved prior to the start of the 2016-17 budget year.

But, now that money is starting to come in from the fire fee approved last fall, the county wants that money back.

The problem: most of those departments spent that money before the fee went into effect.

The firefighters association has suggested reimbursing that money, a little at a time.

"If we are stuck on $17,000, then we realize that's the elephant we want to eat," Association President Paul Jordan told the commission Thursday, "and we have to come up with some way of repaying the county."

The commission has taken the fire departments' proposal under consideration.

Also Thursday, commissioners discussed how-or whether-to keep the county's old court records with representatives of the West Virginia Supreme Court and the state archives commission.

The court representative said the county circuit clerk could destroy court records that she's not required by law to keep.

Efforts are being made to retain more recent records through a digital scanning process.