Legion Post 1 looking to buy Italian-American club | News, Sports, Jobs

Photo by Joselyn King Ohio County Commission Chairman Randy Wharton, left, and Zach Abraham listen to comments during Tuesday night’s commission meeting.

WHEELING – American Legion Post 1 in Wheeling is asking Ohio County Commissioners for financial assistance as it seeks to purchase the Italian American club building in Elm Grove.

Post 1 intends to invest $420,000 in the property and has applied to the commission for a community grant of $50,000 to achieve that goal, Trustee Randy Russell told commissioners at their meeting Tuesday evening.

The money would be used for both the initial purchase of the building at $45,000 and the planned $395,000 renovations, Russell said.

Like many social service organizations, Post 1 is looking to transition from a bar environment to a more family-friendly environment for members, he continued. The Elm Grove location would provide an outdoor recreation area for children and also have a hall that Post 1 could rent out for events to generate additional revenue.

There are more than 20 veterans’ organizations in Ohio County, and another goal would be to provide those groups with a centralized place to meet, attorney Don Tennant added.

The commissioners put the request down until a representative from Post 1 could come in to talk more about the project with them.

In other areas, Ohio County received $23,700 to purchase defibrillators for county baseball fields that do not have them. A total of 14 defibrillators will be purchased, almost likely through Medical Supply in Wheeling, according to Emergency Management Agency Director Lou Vargo.

Sheriff Tom Howard announced that five deputies were getting new jobs within the sheriff’s department. Rodney Vaught is promoted to major; Charles Kittle to Lieutenant; Chad Clatterbuck to Sergeant; George Costello to Corporal; and Andrew Weisal to Corporal.

Commissioners called a closed session at the request of County 911 Director Theresa Russell to discuss staffing issues. After meeting privately for about half an hour, commissioners approved a motion to promote a part-time dispatcher to a full-time position and add an additional full-time dispatcher to the staff as part of a comprehensive succession plan.

The next regular meeting of commissioners will be at 6 p.m. on May 24 at the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St.

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