PARKERSBURG – The private development of the Mid-Ohio Regional Airport would provide the best long-term development opportunities for the facility, county officials said Thursday.
The Wood County Commission discussed the airport and other matters during its regular meeting.
A few weeks ago, representatives from the Mid-Ohio Valley Airport and West Virginia University in Parkersburg appeared before the commission to discuss their interest in creating a flight school and training program. training in aeronautical mechanics at the airport.
Commission Chairman Blair Couch said on Thursday he did not believe such a school would make money at the airport and simply be used to train people who would then leave the area to find employment an once they have finished.
“It wouldn’t bring in any income and all we would do is create mechanics and pilots who would go elsewhere,” said the sofa.
The commission discussed the possibility of putting a new roof on the building of the civil air patrol.
“It makes sense, I would hate to see this building deteriorate over time”, said sofa.
He would ask the airport officials to make an offer and give them a dollar amount that the county could help.
A renovation of Hanger 4 would be the “A big transport of heavy loads and it’s millions of dollars depending on what they want to do” said the sofa. Hanger 4 was the proposed site for the flight school.
Officials asked how much should come from the county and how much should come from other local entities. Other airports in the state have received state and federal funding, in part from their elected officials at the various levels who work there, Couch said.
He said he was not opposed to helping put a roof on the civilian air patrol building.
“Remaking a private hanger is better left to private industry” said the sofa. “Find a tenant who wants to fix it, then rent it to them. “
In other cases, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens wanted county officials to start thinking about the need to eventually purchase body cameras for MPs.
As cameras become more common nationwide, Stephens said he wants officials to start looking at them now in anticipation of their use in the near future.
They also got cameras for their cars.
“I’m looking to get enough body cameras for everyone so that we can get a head start,” said Stephens. “Right now the best price I have found is $ 35,000 and that should give anyone (in their department) law enforcement one one.”
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The sheriff described the cameras as having fisheye lenses across the front of an officer’s chest and he sees what the deputy sees ahead. Some cameras are attached to sensors in an officer’s holster that turns on the camera when he pulls out his weapon. Others send an alert if the agent stops moving for a while.
The sheriff wants to do a demonstration for the commissioners in the near future.
Stephens said the cameras will provide video in cases where agents’ actions are otherwise called into question.
“This will avoid a lot of hassle” said sofa.
In other cases:
* West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will be in town on Monday, July 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Judge Black’s Annex to discuss issues related to identity theft, robocalls and robbery. other consumer protection issues. For more information, 304-777-9906.
* The committee unanimously re-elected George “Chip” Chandler at the Wood County Civil Service Commission for deputy sheriffs.
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