$25,000 contribution paid to Tri-State Airport
The Lawrence County Commission began its meeting this week by honoring organizations for their service projects in the county.
Commission Chair DeAnna Holliday said the honors and donations made by the commission were due to the First Impression Project, an effort to increase beautification and service in the county.
“They have taken responsibility in their communities and see Lawrence County giving the best first impression possible,” she said. “We want to give them recognition and help fund their events.”
Honored at the meeting were:
• The Village of Chesapeake and Hometown Love Chesapeake, which received a donation of $500.
• Third and Center, which received a $500 donation.
• Rome Volunteer Fire Department and Hometown Love Proctorville, who received a $250 donation.
• Tri-State STEM+M Early College High School, which received a $250 donation.
• Riverside Recovery Services, which received a donation of $250.
“Isn’t it amazing when small groups get together?” Holliday said after the awards ceremony. “It makes a huge difference. I appreciate what you do for your community.
She said those interested in doing a service project can contact the commissioner’s office for more information about the First Impression project.
In other cases, the committee:
• Heard by Brent Brown, Tri-State Airport Manager, who said he was visiting county commissions in the area to seek support for matching funds for a $250,000 grant from the federal government for the airport.
Brown said the airport hopes to expand service to include flights to Chicago, which he said would make domestic and international travel cheaper for the area.
“It would help with employee retention and make businesses more efficient,” he said.
Holliday, who serves on the airport’s board of directors, praised the improvements made to the airport under Brown and said it was “important that we as a tri-state region continue our commitment to the ‘Tri-State Airport’.
“It’s a critical piece of infrastructure,” she said.
Commissioner Colton Copley agreed.
“Hopefully our citizens can see this investment return with cheaper flights,” he said.
Brown said he was looking for $25,000 on commission. Holliday introduced a motion to make the contribution, which Copley and Commissioner Freddie Hayes Jr. voted in favor of.
• Heard by Tony Seigers, with Heroes League Game Day, an educational gaming platform used by Ironton and Chesapeake Elementary Schools.
Seigers said the platform does not replace the school curriculum, but is offered as a supplement to teach the “intangibles” essential for development.
He said one project they are working on is to build a real thermal greenhouse in schools, in which students could grow crops. He said the data from that greenhouse would then be present in the farming portion of the game.
He said that while he was not requesting funding from the commission, he was seeking information on possible sources of funding for such a project.
• Approved appointments requested by the Lawrence County Emergency Planning Committee.
• Approval of Mutual Aid Agreement between Lawrence County Emergency Management and Boyd County Emergency Management.
• Met in executive session at the end of the meeting.