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Putnam commission moves toward using state purchasing cards

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County commissioners took steps on Tuesday that will allow them to start using the state auditor's purchasing card program this summer.Purchases on the new cards will be streamlined and create a more efficient and cost-saving system, said county manager Brian Donat."There are rebates associated with the card. The more it's used, the more money the county receives back in return," he said. "It's worth our effort to try and utilize the card as much as we can as long as we have controls in place that ensure it's being used for the purposes we want."The cards would be in county department names only, or be assigned to a certain vehicle for gasoline. Similar to the local Chase bank they use now, the cards can be managed so that only certain purchases are allowed, like for gas or specific supplies, Donat said.Commissioners approved a policy revision so a state auditor wouldn't question their move toward using the purchasing cards. However, the earliest the county would start using the cards is July, according to Donat.Also Tuesday, commissioners and the county clerk tested voting machines. The test occurred the day before early voting begins because statewide Republican ballots had to be reprinted.Early voting will be held on the second floor of the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield beginning today <co Wednesday> from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Early voting continues on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 3 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; May 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Election Day is May 8. Voters should visit their individual precincts between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
A countywide health fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on May 12 at Valley Park in Hurricane. More than 40 vendors will offer free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings and provide preventive tips and information about their services.Hurricane City Manager Ben Newhouse said an acupuncturist, a massage therapist and other medical specialists will attend."People who need medical advice can come and get free education and talk to specialists," he said.Zumba, finger painting and face painting will also be available for kids.For more information, contact Newhouse at 304-562-5896.Reach Kate White at or 304-348-1723.
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