Taylor County Commission votes to pursue drug manufacturer lawsuit

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Commission met last week to discuss multiple items on their agenda.

According to Commission President Orville Wright, the commission has decided to pursue a drug manufacturer lawsuit, which is a class action suit against that stems from southern West Virginia counties, where excessive prescription pills were distributed.

“It’s a no-lose situation for the county,” shared Wright. “If the lawsuit is beneficial, and the drug manufacturer is forced to pay, it’s money for the county. If the suit goes in the favor of the company, and no money is awarded, we will not have to pay any lawyer or court costs.”

According to Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney John Bord, the suit is in the preparation stages, and the commission was only provided with limited information, but more will become available.

“After having Prosecutor Bord look over the information we received about the suit, we decided to go ahead and join in on it,” said Wright.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Virginia leads the nation in fatal drug overdose rates. West Virginia’s rate was 28.9 overdose fatalities per 100,000 people in 2010. Most of those deaths reported were due to prescription drugs.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the commission approved the purchase of gun lockboxes for Taylor County Sheriff’s Department cruisers. They also approved a cost proposal for a locksmith for the Sheriff’s department, as well as, the rest of the Taylor County Courthouse.

According to Wright, the commission has decided to unlock rest rooms on the main level of the courthouse, for public use during courthouse operating hours.

“I’m not sure why this hasn’t been done before now,” expressed Wright. “I think it will be beneficial to have it open. It only makes sense to have an open restroom facility for individuals to use, who are visiting the courthouse.”

Doug Robinson was at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss funding requests for Boys State.

According to Wright, no decision was made at the meeting because more information needed to be provided.

“By the time of the meeting, Doug was unsure of the number of boys that would be attending this year,” explained Wright. “He is going to get an estimated number of participants, and then bring that information to a future meeting, where we will be able to make a decision regarding funding for him.”

During the meeting, Sheriff Terry Austin went into executive session to talk privately with the commissioners, regarding personnel matters.

He also talked with commissioners about the possibility of acquiring a K-9 unit for the department, as well as, making a walk-up window for the tax department.

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