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Wood County Commission suggests public meetings on spending federal money

Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 4:20 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Wood County Commission discusses ways it can spend the $16 million the county has been allocated through the American Recovery Act.

While few specific expenses were talked about, commissioners suggested holding meeting later this year to get ideas from residents.

It’s already had some suggestions, but not all of them are allowed under the rules of the federal act.

The county is about to advertise for a financial director to handle the spending of the dollars.

”And we certainly don’t want to get audited and find out we spent (the money) inappropriately,” says Commission President Blair Couch. “We want to make a transformational change to Wood County by use of those funds. There’s a lot of folks who need help, and we want to make sure whatever we do is appropriate.”

Some of the discussion involved expansion of broadband availabillity.

In the past, Couch has advocated expansion to the southern part of Wood County, where internet availability is difficult in some cases.

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