Tuttle tapped as 2019 commission president

by Kate Shunney

Morgan County Commissioner Joel Tuttle was chosen to serve as president of the commission for 2019 during an organizational meeting on January 2.

This will be the third year Tuttle will lead commission meetings and serve in that role.

The 2019 Morgan County Commission met on January 2. Pictured, from left, are Commissioner Ken Reed, Commission President Joel Tuttle and Commissioner Sean Forney.

Commissioners were assigned to serve as county representatives on various boards at the January 2 meeting.

Tuttle will serve on the Parks & Recreation board, Wage & Review board, Farmland Protection board and Community Criminal Corrections board.

Commissioner Ken Reed will serve on the Planning Commission, Workforce Investment board, Juvenile Crime board, Region 9 Planning & Development board and the Eastern Regional Airport Authority.

Commissioner Sean Forney will serve on the Economic Development Authority, EMS board, 911 Advisory board, Local Emergency Planning Committee and the county’s Fire Board.

In other business, county officials set the dates of February’s Board of Equalization meetings, where property owners can dispute the assessed valuation of their Morgan County property. Those hearings will be held on February 1, 5, 8, 13 and 15. Property owners must contact the County Commission office at 304-258-8540 to set an appointment to present their case on one of those Board of Equalization days.

County officials also approved a payment to Design Nine in the amount of $13,583 for work under the broadband planning grant received by the county last year. Design Nine is creating a plan to get affordable broadband internet service to all parts of Morgan County using the county’s existing towers and new equipment.