President's View - May 2016
Saturday, 07 May 2016 10:14

April bring May flowers, isn’t that the way it is supposed to work? How are we getting snow at this late date and frosty nights? Is this an April Fool’s trick from above?

Funny, the weather is one thing in our daily lives we have absolutely zero control.

Makes me wonder, what control do we really have in life? Home? Work? We choose to have a home or family. We have our work, how- ever, we have a little thing called an election to win and then the Legislature determines the processes we perform in our duties and any changes thereto. We have our “work” family that we spend more awake hours than our “home” family. Some of our work family we inherited and others we chose. How do we attract the kind of individuals to represent us well in our offices daily .... . like a flowering shrub to attract butterflies or hummingbirds. We have to make a good selection for the best results.

Do we have a clear vision of what we want in our landscaping of our office? Do we surround ourselves with all colorful flowers that compete for their place or leave space for the long-lasting evergreens that have weathered many winters? Sometimes the bright flowers compliment each other more when plant- ed strategically in your garden around the evergreens. We need to make sure the landscaping of our office is functional, represents us well and is planted for many future seasons.

This makes me think of working in my parents’ yard as a kid with my siblings. April 10th was National Siblings Day. I hope you took a few minutes to celebrate the occasion, send a card, phone, post an old photo on social media, text or made a connection somehow to your sibling(s), partner in crime or best friend for life. I always think how different all my siblings turned out, our destinations in life are so different, but we all came from the same place.

All of us as elected officials are at the same destination in life. We have used our control in life to determine the path we would follow through our garden of life. I hope we have all made wise decisions of our selection of flowers and evergreens for our garden so we can enjoy our spring fever, lingering sun- shine and warm breezes of this season.

If would be great if you could join us for a few days, June 5 -7, 2016, for the Spring board meeting in Greenbrier County. Stop and smell the tulips and daffodils for a moment.

Call the WVACO Office for information.

Good Luck to all in this election season!
Brenda L. Miller WVACO President

Protect Yourself When Using Cloud Services
Thursday, 31 March 2016 00:00

In simplest terms, cloud computing is a subscription-based or free service where you can obtain networked storage space and other computer resources through an Internet access. While these systems may remove the need for owning physical components, they also introduce new risks to your information. Before you float your   digital assets to the cloud, make sure you take the appropriate steps to protect yourself. 

Know your needs. Before you start, make sure you carefully plan what your security and privacy needs are. This includes knowing what your legal and regulatory requirements are for protecting data. 

Read the contracts. End User License Agreements and Service Level Agreements are important because they describe the terms and conditions of the cloud service. If you're not sure of what they do or do not provide, contact the provider to clarify the services. 

Protect Your Machine. Enable your firewall, use anti-virus/ malware and anti-spyware software.  

Protect your data. Don't store unencrypted sensitive information in the cloud. You don't know with whom you're sharing the cloud!

Provided by MS-ISAC - The mission of the MS-ISAC is to improve the overall cybersecurity posture of state, local, tribal and territorial governments.

It's the closest thing to magic you will EVER see!
Thursday, 31 March 2016 00:00

Basement Systems of West Virginia is now using a new technology, called PolyLEVEL, that allows counties, cities, towns, businesses and residential customers to lift sunken    concrete sidewalks and slabs back into place quickly and easily -- at a fraction of the cost of traditional repair methods. “In the time it takes the average person to run to the local hardware store and buy a single bag of concrete, we can lift two or three sunken slabs using our PolyLEVEL technology,” said Ricki Edwardson, President of Basement Systems of West Virginia. “A concrete repair using this proven technology typically costs a fraction of the cost of traditional repair methods.”

According to Edwardson, the PolyLEVEL process is very simple, and it allows concrete to be used within a few minutes after the concrete is lifted -- unlike traditional repair methods or mudjacking. She said that concrete lifting can be done quickly with the PolyLEVEL technology, so it is the perfect solution for cities, towns and businesses that want to minimize disruption to pedestrians.

“The process starts with a very small, 5/8-inch hole being drilled through the concrete slab,” she explained.  “Next, a specialized foam is injected into the hole, filling the area under the slab and slowly raising the concrete.  After the slab is lifted back into place, technicians fill in the small hole with   cement, and we’re done.”

Basement Systems of West Virginia provides free, no obligation estimates, which means that customers don't have to spend even a penny to find out if the company can save counties, cities and towns thousands of dollars on concrete   repairs, Edwardson said.  In addition to sidewalks, the same technology can be used to lift any concrete slab – from concrete roadways to basement and garage floors, and even driveways, she said.

To learn more about this proven technology, go to the company’s website ( or call the company at 1-888-619-1300 to schedule a free, no obligation estimate.

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