Funding issues debated by Jefferson County Commission
At the Thursday, April 9th meeting of the Jefferson County Commission the Jefferson County Clerk went before the county commission to ask them to reconsider there previous decision about the cuts made to the county clerks office in the 2009 budget. The Commissioners had cut the budget of the county clerks office by $48,000. Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer S. Maghan had said after the cuts were made that she would have to cut one full time position as well as a part time position. As soon as Maghan had made her request Commissioner Frances Morgan moved to table the request to reconsider the commissions decision on the cuts to the county clerks budget. The motion was seconded and with out discussion passed. It has been reported that Commission President Dale Manuel said that if the funding had been restored they would also have to restore other cuts made to the budget. In other Business before the Jefferson County Commission a debate about paying for an outside lawyer for the Planning commission was also brought up.
The Jefferson County Commission say they have questions about authorizing a payment for an outside attorney hired by the Planning Commission
The Planning Commission voted to take legal action to try to have a ruling by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals overturned. And hired an outside firm to handle the case. The county commissioners are aware that the Planning Commission wanted to hire a lawyer but thought that they would come before the county commission first. County commissioners said they had had hoped to have a chance to discuss their concerns about paying for the attorney's legal fees.
a meeting Must be arranged between the Planning Commission and the county commissioners to discuss paying for attorney fees until this happens there should be no action taken on paying for an outside lawyer. the county commission does not feel it should pay out any moneys. "At present,” Manuel said. I do not support authorizing payment for the legal fees associated with the case.”
Commissioner Patsy Noland said she also had questions about paying for the legal fees, "I'm opposed to paying for outside counsel, period," Noland said, pointing out that the county has attorneys on staff in the prosecutor's office who are capable of handling such issues.