Cumberland Times-News

October 8, 2012

Mineral commissioners to talk over contentious fire policy today at meeting

County to revisit proposal

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County Commission will meet today to discuss a request to work with a memorandum of understanding for the local fire departments.  

During the September meeting, the commission voted to place the passage of a fire policy that addresses safety on hold for two months after it caused contention between several volunteer fire departments.

The Mineral County Firefighters Association agreed to revisit the policy after a discussion with commissioners.

“We are willing to discuss it, but we are not convinced it’s all about safety,” said Dave Harman, an officer of the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department, during the September meeting.

The policy, which requires safety tests before county fire levy money could be obtained, was passed by a two-thirds vote of the association, with Keyser, Wiley Ford and Tri-Towns No. 1 volunteer fire companies voting against it.

Also on the agenda is commission-ordered correspondence to Chad Lindsay,  president of the association, regarding the fire levy policy.

During the September meeting, commissioners decided to hold off on the reappointment of Lindsay.

Also during that meeting, Chris Paitsel, Keyser fire chief, indicated that the issue of the policy came about after Lindsay discussed bringing in an outside company to do fire-hose testing.

Other agenda items include the approval of several grant agreements and resolutions including $5,000 for the New Creek Volunteer Fire Department, $2,000 for the Mineral County Historical Foundation, $3,105 for Camp Minco and $1,000 for Warm the Children.

The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. in county commission chambers located toward the back of the courthouse.  

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.