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HUNTINGTON - Cabell County Commissioners approved a resolution to include nursing homes in the emergency absentee voting policy for the county during a meeting Thursday morning.

The policy will allow the county clerk to provide emergency absentee ballots to voters who are confined to a hospital or health care facility located within a 35-mile radius of the county seat and to nursing homes within the county.

In other business Jerry Beckett, the emergency planner for Cabell County EMS, returned a check for the $3,000 that the commission had given to the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation in order to help fund a monument for the Gold Star Families at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington.

Due to the lack of visibility and accessibility to public, members of the foundation are now in the process of finding a new location for the monument. Beckett said the foundation could not in good conscience accept the money not knowing where the monument would be built.

He did request that the commission consider placing the 25-square-foot monument on the courthouse lawn. The commission agreed to take the request under advisement for the next meeting.

During the meeting the commission also:

>> Approved the transfer of EMTs Zachary Lyons and Erin Pemberton from per diem to a full-time employee. Lyons will now have an annual salary of $31,106 and Pemberton will be paid $30,903 annually.

>> Agreed to take under advisement the process by which towing companies are selected and placed on the call rotation list for the county.

>> Approved the appointment of ballot commissioners, Mary Ann Henry, Democrat and Lois Merritt, Republican.

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