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December 11, 2012

Mineral County staff will receive purchase card training

KEYSER, W.Va. — Mineral County staff will receive purchase card training next week and questions about the cards will be addressed at that time, said Mike Bland, county coordinator, during a commission meeting Tuesday.

Bland said limitations on the p-card would be discussed.

“I can’t see where I would be buying gas or that kind of stuff,” said Bland.

Commissioner Richard Lechliter said the only type of gasoline that could be purchased is state fuel.

“That’s the problem Ridgeley ran into. You can’t go to a gas station with a tax on it,” said Lechliter, who noted that’s why that town was being audited. “Of course, one wrong use is a felony.”  

Lechliter said issues with the gas might have occurred because the fuel was purchased in Maryland. Bland said that issue of gas tax would need to verified during the training.  

County clerk Lauren Ellifritz said that every p-card receipt had to be kept and turned in.

“That’s what this training is, to preach to them and get it in their head that anytime you use this card you must bring in the receipt,” said Ellifritz.

The commissioners voted to allow board president Cindy Pyles to sign the documents for a $54,880 courthouse facilities grant from the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority. The money will be used to replace the cornice and two flat roofs, according to Bland.

The commission also approved a $26,000 change order for Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal to beginning working on cornice and the gutters on the courthouse. Bland is hoping that Tri-State Roofing can complete the work before spring.

Bland also said the commission had received two quotes on work for repairs to the ceiling in the county planner’s office. He will bring a formal proposal for the Tuesday meeting.

In other news, the commission was notified that it has received a $200,000 Small Cities Block Grant, which will go toward the design work for Fountain Public Service District extension project, ac-cording to Bland.

The $10.5 million project will provide water line extensions in the Fountain and Burlington areas, according to a previous Times-News article. To help fund the pro-ject, Fountain PSD applied for a $1.5 million grant.

Bland also announced that the Frankfort PSD will meet with residents today at 7 p.m. at the Short Gap Fire Hall to discuss Phase 2 of the Northern Mineral County Regional Sewer Plant. The second phase of the project will go to construction in the spring of 2013 and will be completed a year later, according to a previous Times-News article. Phase 2 will cost $18,338,000 and will serve more than 800 customers.

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