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December 29, 2013

Airport substation for Mineral police agency in limbo

Officials hoped presence of deputies would benefit facility

WILEY FORD, W.Va. — A substation for the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department that was proposed for the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport has been placed in limbo due to Federal Aviation Administration regulations regarding in-kind service, according to Creade Brodie Jr., chairman of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority.  

“I was in favor of the substation because I like the idea of a security presence being there,” said Brodie, who noted that there were several other issues with the proposed substation.

In May, the authority voted unanimously to allow Airport Manager Ryan Shaffer to enter into a discussion with Sheriff Jeremy Taylor about the proposed substation.

The space for the proposed substation would need to be large enough for a couple of desks and would need Internet capability. The substation would be used for officers to fill out reports instead of having to go back to their Keyser office.

During a meeting of the authority in May, Nick Scarpelli, authority member, questioned whether the sheriff’s department would have to pay rent. Shaffer indicated that it would have to be discussed, but the presence of officers would help to deter crime and would be a valuable asset to the airport.

Taylor wasn’t available to comment.

The next authority meeting is Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.

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