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Ohio County Development Authority member John Gearry, left, County Commissioner Don Nickerson and Commission Chairman Randy Wharton sit at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ohio County Development Authority Ohio county.

WHEELING — The Ohio County Commissioners and the Ohio County Development Authority will jointly contribute $30,000 to the upcoming West Virginia High Schools Activities Commission Super Six Football Championships to be held in Wheeling next month, and it has led county officials to think they might need to set a line item for how much the county distributes in community grants each year.

At their Nov. 1 meeting, county commissioners first passed a motion to award the Super Six committee a community grant of $20,000.

On Tuesday, a similar request for $10,000 was made to the OCDA, a board of which county commissioners are also members.

The request was approved, but the commissioners wonder if they should monitor the results of the grant applications.

“Between the county commission and the development authority, we’re $30,000 in (the Super Six),” said commissioner Randy Wharton, who is also chairman of the OCDA. “Next year we will probably have discussions with the people who put this up. And we have to help them find other sources of income, or other advertisers or supporters so that we (don’t have to contribute as much).

“We want to do what we can for them, but it’s a lot of money.”

County Administrator Randy Russell said he had discussions with Super Six Committee Director Dwaine Rodgers, who told him that sponsorships for state high school football championships “have gone down at the over the years”.

“We talked about maybe some new faces coming next year and in the years to come, and maybe coming back after past sponsorships,” Russell said.

It is expected that at least two teams taking part in the next Super Six will be accommodated in hotels in the Highlands if they win their playoff matches, and will also use the Highlands Sports Center for training sessions. This would result in tax and other revenue for the county, Russell continued.

“I think there’s work to be done on the things they’re spending money on,” commissioner Zach Abraham said. He noted that the committee had submitted details of its budget to the county and that its demands accounted for about a third of its overall budget.

Abraham, however, called the Super Six a “benefit to the community” and said he would welcome helping them find additional sponsors.

Also on Tuesday, the OCDA Board of Directors approved a request from the Wheeling Nailers for a corporate sponsorship of $20,000, as well as an additional $5,000 to help with Wheeling Nailers Education Day. – when local school students attend a hockey game during the day.

Requests from the Nailers and the Super Six committee have not exceeded previous requests granted by county agencies in recent years, Russell confirmed.

Wharton suggested that the commission and the OCDA establish an annual budget line for block grant applications beginning next year.

“These are important requests…,” he said. “We also operate a hall, and it costs money to operate it.

“We will do everything we can to help everyone. But we have to remember that we are running a business here. It’s not the (federal) government,” Wharton added.

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