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Putnam commissioner says farewell at meeting

By Kara Moore

WINFIELD - Gary Tillis bid adieu to his county commission post at Tuesday's regular meeting, the last of 2012.

"I had mixed feelings coming in here today," Tillis said. "It's kind of a relief. I do have a life outside of this, and it does take a lot of time."

Tillis, a Democrat, did not seek re-election, and his six-year term ends at the end of the year. He has served as president of the commission this year. He previously served in the House of Delegates.

"It's been an honor for me to represent the people of Putnam County," Tillis said. "It's been a privilege to serve with Joe and Steve and the staff here."

He addressed some of his comments to incoming commissioner Andy Skidmore, a Republican, who attended Tuesday's meeting.

"You'll learn really quick you've got a lot of people to lean on," Tillis said. "There's been no partisan politics here. People vote their convictions, and regardless if you have arguments and some discussions get a little heated, you've always got someone you can call if you have questions."

The commission had a light agenda Tuesday.

Commissioner Steve Andes reported that the Putnam County Development Authority is set to prepare an additional 12 acres of land in the Putnam Business Park for development. The park stretches from the Kanawha River at Frazier's Bottom to the new four-lane U.S. 35.

The 12 acres to be graded lie across U.S. 35 on the south side of the roadway.

Commissioners also accepted a $100,000 grant from the state courthouse improvement fund to pay for new windows in the courthouse.

The county is already in the process of replacing some of the building's windows with another grant from the same fund. The new windows will be more energy efficient and should help control heating and cooling costs.

The Putnam County Commission meets at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the county courthouse in Winfield. The regularly scheduled Dec. 25 meeting has been canceled, so the commission will next meet Jan. 8. All meetings are open to the public.


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