As summer comes to an end and fall is upon us, the weather is very confusing.  Today temperatures reached 100 and felt even hotter. I do hope we have some beautiful, crisp fall weather and that we do not jump straight from hot temperatures to cold and snow.  Fall is such a picturesque time and most of us really love good football weather.

Speaking of weather, August was a beautiful time to be at Canaan Valley for the annual CCAWV Conference.  If you did not attend, you missed a great time of interaction with county commissioners and some very good presenters. The discussion between county commissioners, as we talked about the many issues facing counties, was very enlightening. It was a time to learn what other counties are doing and how they deal with very difficult issues. Many excellent speakers brought a wealth of knowledge during the workshop sessions. It was a great time of networking, sharing experiences and coming together to set the course for the future.

In September, the Board of Directors will meet along with the Legislative Committee to talk about our legislative concerns.  Many of these came from discussions at the August conference. As we get ready for the 2017 Legislative session, which starts in February, we certainly need to focus on those things that will benefit counties the most. Once the legislative agenda is complete, we all need to work hard and make sure our own Delegates and Senators are very informed and know exactly what our needs are and how they can help.

 Please join us as we all work together to get some much needed help and support for counties.  Together WE can.

In June, CCAWV held a series of regional trainings across the state. The free sessions covered a number of important human resource topics, as well as a legislative wrap-up and the unveiling of an exciting collaborative effort.

Vivian Parsons, CCAWV Executive Director, provided a summary of the 2015Legislative Session, highlighting legislation thatwill affect counties. Additionally, she outlinedimpending changes to PERS and providedinformation for upcoming webinars.

July is a busy month! CCAWV is hustling to finalize plans for our annual meeting held this year at the Waterfront Hotel in Monongalia County, August 9-11! Our theme “Play Ball,” is very fitting for early August in one of our “university cities!” Tony Caridi, the sports announcer for Mountaineer football will “kick” things off to a motivating start at our Sunday evening welcoming tailgate party! Join us! I think you’ll find the time well spent!

West Virginia was well represented at the NACo conference this month in Charlotte, NC. CCAWV co-hosted the WV delegation dinner of about 40 folks, including attendees and guests! As always, the conference featured great speakers and subject matter! And the networking…we were able to meet with some folks from Oregon to discuss their charter/home rule county government options!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer with lots of outdoor activities with family and friends. But, please take a break on August 9-11 to attend the annual conference of the County Commissioners Association to be held at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. We need you to help us make important decisions concerning County Commissions in West Virginia. Your input is very valuable. Please take care of your reservations NOW!

I look forward to seeing all of you there!

When the Fayette County Beautification Committee demolishes a dilapidated, abandoned structure, those living near the site often tell them of others in the area that should meet the same fate.

“Every time one goes down, we hear about one or two more that need to go,” said Angela Gerald, project director for the committee. “It really does look 100 percent better.”

The committee has been using one of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund’s signature programs for the last few years. To date, Gerald said her committee has razed 10 structures. Thanks to a bill passed during the 2015 Session of the West Virginia Legislature and signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, the program is evolving.

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