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File photo by Joselyn King – Representatives from the Ohio County Tow Company speak with law enforcement and county officials at a public hearing in September to discuss policies for towing in the county.

Ohio County now has a policy of calling local towing companies in an emergency.

At their meeting this week, the commissioners approved county guidelines for calling towing companies when roads are blocked and determining what a company must do to be eligible for emergency calls.

Under the approved policy, towing companies doing business with Ohio County must be able to provide light and heavy towing services. They must also be certified by the West Virginia Public Service Commission and comply with PSC rules and regulations.

They must own at least one truck for each service to be provided, whether it is light towing or heavy towing. They must also have two years of non-emergency towing service experience in Ohio County before they can apply to become a service provider for the county.

County commissioners first met in late September with representatives from the county’s five towing companies, including Ace Garage, Braden’s Towing, Assaro’s Garage and Towing Service, Middle Creek Garage and A-1 Interstate Towing.

A map assigning an area of ​​the county to each towing company was discussed at that time. When an accident occurs in their assigned area, the respective towers will receive the first call to respond.

Also this week, County Administrator Randy Russell informed commissioners that the county received a $20,000 Homeland Security grant that will be used to make improvements to the county’s closed-circuit camera system that scans key areas of the county.

The cameras were placed along the river and along the highways, and some are up to 15 years old, he said. Three cameras need to be replaced.

Russell told commissioners he was still interviewing officials at the Ohio County Animal Shelter and the dog keeper/animal protection officer position. He said he expects to fill the position in the near future.

Former county dog ​​sitter and humanitarian officer Doug McCroskey retired in November.

Commissioners also voted to grant hotel tax requests of $1,000 to Foundations Baseball for its catcher clinics and $2,500 to Mountaineer Brewfest.

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Aurora J. William