WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A board is being formed to re-evaluate how the Putnam County Fire Board spends and distributes its money, County Commissioner Steve Andes said Tuesday.
"We want to reassure people that the extra money we get [from the fire fee increase] is definitely going to be used to pay down our debt -- that's what we asked for and is our first priority," Andes said.
Last year, commissioners approved a 50-percent fire fee increase -- the first fee increase in 25 years.
Because the fire board's finances have virtually been the same for 25 years, Andes said, it would be beneficial for them to be re-examined.
"They could decide nothing needs to be done, or that we need to tweak this or that. Whatever they decide would still be up to the fire board to adopt," he said.
Two community members with no ties to the fire board are needed to serve, according to Andes. He's also asked that two officials from the county's Chamber of Commerce participate and two mayors -- one from each side of the Kanawha River -- sit on the board. Also, the Hurricane fire chief has agreed to contribute.
In other business, Commissioner Joe Haynes announced Tuesday that the motor that creates the waves at the county's wave pool, which was plagued with problems last summer, will soon be replaced.