According to county parks and recreation director Scott Williamson, his department is on track with its spending for the fiscal year, despite major damage to some park equipment and buildings during the second cold snap earlier this month.
"It all happened right at the same time that we were trying to open everything up so that people could take showers during the water emergency, so that was going on across the parking lot," Williamson said.
Williamson said plans to upgrade the Valley Park Wave Pool are in the works, but have been delayed -- the agency's request for tax-increment financing has been submitted to the state, but is still under review.
"The application for TIF funds has gone through but hasn't been formally approved, so he can't spend that money until it has been approved," said Commissioner Andy Skidmore. "We thought we would have it by now, so we're going to have to follow up."
Skidmore said there was still opportunity for work on the pool to be completed this year, but approval for TIF funding would need to come through within the next month.
"If we don't have it by the end of February, then we might be in trouble, but we still have another month," he said.
The county's health department is now fully staffed, according to interim director Lolita Kirk, and the county board of health is preparing to pay vendors, although Kirk said vendors wouldn't get all of their outstanding bills paid this year.
"There are vaccine suppliers and medical suppliers that are still owed funds," Kirk said. "Most vendors understand that the board just doesn't have the money yet, and there are certain obligations that take precedent."
One of the health department's creditors is Charleston attorney Karen Miller, who represented the agency in one of its wrongful termination suits against former employee Barbara Koblinksy. According to Kirk, Koblinsky's restitution has been settled, and she will be paid before Miller.
County Clerk Brian Wood also discussed the candidates for the county's upcoming primary election. County Commission President Steve Andes is up for re-election and faces fellow Republican Jerry Dials.
There are three candidates for family court judge, including current judge Deloris Nibert, who was appointed by the state Supreme Court to the post after former judge William Watkins resigned. Republican Richard Witt of Red House and Democrat David Hill of Hurricane also filed for the job.
Candidates for the county Board of Education include incumbents Craig Spicer of Hurricane, William "Butch" Legg of Poca and Rob Cunningham of Winfield, as well as Diana McCallister of Hurricane.
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