CHIPLEY – Washington County's community recreational programs are getting a boost from the Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners agreed last summer to support youth sports programs in each municipality by granting $25 for each child who registers with the each city's respective recreation department.

Commissioners presented the checks when the board met in regular session January 25.

Total funds received by each municipality were: Chipley - $10,000; Ebro - $950; Vernon - $3,950 and Wausau - $1,200.

Because the Town of Caryville does not have a recreation program, commissioners agreed to instead offer $2,250 to help the town replace the roof on the Caryville Community Center.

In other business at Thursday's meeting, the commissioners approved a request from Big Bend Community Based Care (BBCBC) for a 120-day option agreement as the agency pursues financing options to purchase the building located at 1352 South Boulevard in Chipley, which BBCBC has leased from the county since the mid-80s. Commissioners anticipate hearing a purchase offer from BBCBC during the board's May workshop.

Commissioners also approved a special exception application for the use of a lot located at 751 Kirkland Road as commercial use. The site, which is currently designated for industrial use, is slated to serve as a used vehicle sales lot operated by Michael Nixon.

County Engineer Cliff Knauer was tasked with submitting application to Florida Department of Transportation for the Small Community Outreach Program (SCOP), Community Incentive Grant Program (CIGP), and Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP) grants. Applications are planned for Hutchinson Road for CIGP, Greenhead Road for SCOP, and Brickyard Road from State Road 277 to State Road 77 for SCRAP.

In other items, Commissioners voted to hire Panama City law firm Perry & Young to represent the county in the opioid epidemic lawsuit commissioners approved in the fall and approved a memorandum of understanding that allows the Possum Palace in Wausau to be used as a community staging area in the event of an emergency.

The Clerk of Court was also approved to pay vouchers for the month of December totaling $1,785,419.86.

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in workshop at 9 a.m. on February 14.