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The West Virginia Municipal League would like to share critical emergency contact information to our municipal members who are attempting to survive flood conditions or assist neighboring communities who are being impacted. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services contact information is:

DHSEM Main Number

304-558-5380 (24 hours)

From the DHSEM website, here are just a few things to think about during and after a disaster. There are several helpful links contained in this information. 

Relief Efforts Underway

Historic and tragic flooding swept across large parts of West Virginia yesterday. As of Friday morning, there were at least three (3) flood-related deaths in West Virginia, with rescue efforts continuing in several counties. Significant flooding was reported in Richwood, White Sulphur Springs, Summersville, and throughout Nicholas and Greenbrier Counties. Parts of downtown Richwood were evacuated and many area businesses sustained flood damage. Flooding was also reported in the Elkview and Clendenin areas of Kanawha County. Approximately 200 people were trapped overnight in the Crossings Mall shopping plaza in Elkview when the access road washed out. Rivers that overflowed their banks included the Gauley, Cherry and Cranberry rivers. The Gauley River at Camden-on-Gauley reached an all-time high water level of 29 feet on Thursday night.

Electricity is out in portions of the state, with more than 34,000 customers without power on Thursday evening. Water and natural gas service has been disrupted in many areas. Downed trees and mudslides have closed numerous roads and highways.

By Jefferson E. Brady, P.E., Engineering Section Manager, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water and Waste Management

Have you been wondering how to finance your latest project? What does resiliency and/or sustainability mean? How are other utilities coping with regulatory challenges, reduced funding streams, declining population, and/or asset management? Come to the Water Finance Forum and get some answers tailored for the Appalachian region. The Forum will be held June 15 - 16, 2016, at the Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, VA. Registration is free and lunch/refreshments are provided. Go to http://goo.gl/q2U38K to register. This conference is sponsored by U.S. EPA Region 3 and the Environmental Finance Center Network. 

Attachments:
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Annual Training Seminar for County Clerks and Deputies
June 7-10, 2016
Waterfront Place Hotel
Morgantown, WV

Finance University (For K-12 Educators)
June 26-30, 2016
Marriott Hotel
Charleston, WV

Governmental Accounting and Auditing Seminar
June 27-28, 2016
Marriott Hotel
Charleston, WV

State Auditor’s Annual Training for County Commissioners and Assistants
August 21-22, 2016
Days Hotel and Conference Center
Flatwoods, WV

Annual In-Service Training for Sheriffs and Tax Deputies
September 11-13, 2016
Lakeview Resort and Conference Center
Morgantown, WV

Required State Purchasing Card Coordinators’ Seminar
October 25 or 26, 2016 (Attendee's choice: One day seminar)
Days Hotel and Conference Center
Flatwoods, WV

State Auditor's Conference (2016)
This event has been canceled

Required Annual Seminar for Chapter 30 Licensing Boards
November 29, 2016
Marriott Hotel
Charleston, WV

https://www.wvsao.gov/Meetings/Default.aspx

In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The department has issued a final rule that will put more money in the pockets of middle class workers – or give them more free time.

The final rule will:

  • Raise the salary threshold indicating eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476 per year), ensuring protections to 4.2 million workers.
  • Automatically update the salary threshold every three years, based on wage growth over time, increasing predictability.
  • Strengthen overtime protections for salaried workers already entitled to overtime.
  • Provide greater clarity for workers and employers.

The final rule will become effective on December 1, 2016, giving employers more than six months to prepare. The final rule does not make any changes to the duties test for executive, administrative and professional employees.     

Resources

April 23, 2016 

Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce
38 Edgewood Avenue Richwood, WV 26261 

“The Ramp Capital of the World”

“FEAST OF THE RAMSON” April 23, 2016
10:30 am to 3:30 pm Richwood High School

Live Entertainment

Arts & Crafts Show Richwood Jr. High Gym (Red Gym) &
High School Gym
10:30 till 4:00 

The City of Follansbee is looking to sell a blue 2005 Dodge Durango that has been an unmarked car since it was purchased new.  Car has approximately 99,500 miles. Contact City Manager John DeStefano at 304-527-1330 or follansbeecitymgr@comcaset.net for details.

Municipal Home Rule Board approves Lewisburg, Shepherdstown, New Cumberland and Auburn for home-rule status

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - At its meeting April 4, 2016, the Municipal Home Rule Board approved four more municipalities to join those that have already been granted Home Rule status. 

Home Rule plans from Lewisburg (Greenbrier County), Shepherdstown (Jefferson County), New Cumberland (Hancock County) and Auburn (Ritchie County) were approved. 

With this action, Shepherdstown, New Cumberland and Auburn filled the final three

Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the availability of $65.8 million through the Obama Administration’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative to develop new strategies for economic growth and worker advancement for communities that have historically relied on the coal economy for economic stability. With this announcement, communities and regions that have been negatively impacted by changes in the coal economy -- including mining, coal fired power plants and related transportation, logistics and manufacturing supply chains -- can apply for resources to help strengthen their economies and workforces. Funds are available for a range of activities, including:

Attachments:
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