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June 25, 2013

Mineral commissioners discuss financing for West Street building

County attempting to find new director for 911 center

KEYSER, W.Va. — During the Mineral County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Mike Bland, county coordinator, said that financing for the building on West Street, where Jack C. Barr’s office and the magistrate court is located, was being talked over.

“We have had some discussion with Rural Development and with a couple of banks in reference to financing,” said Bland. “We might have meeting with the architect mid-July to go over any comments or concerns from the various departments.”

The building is needed for additional space for court-related offices like the family law master.

In January, commissioners approved a short-term loan for $469,766 to the county’s building commission to purchase the building. The commissioners can’t enter into a long-term debt contract and can’t borrow money so the building commission is charged with those responsibilities.

The building commission, which is comprised of three members from the public, was created a number of years ago for the construction of the Mineral County 911 center on Pine Swamp Road.

In other commission news, commissioners indicated there have been resignations from the Mineral County 911 Center.

Jody Brafford and Scott Matthews submitted letters of resignation from the 911 center, both effective in June.

Brafford resigned for personal reasons and Matthews resigned to take a new job as a firefighter and EMT in Winchester, Va., commissioners said.

Commissioner Jerry Whisner said that the commissioners had also been involved in the process of interviewing for a 911 center director.

Commissioners approved the hiring of two employees and the rehiring of Jessica Liller as a temporary employee from July to September.

During the meeting the commission also approved two appointments to the Mineral County Development Authority.

They approved the appointments of Steven Davis for the manufacturing sector and Shelly Friend to the financing sector.

Davis is a service manager at the All Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning and was formerly a site coordinator at Robert C. Byrd Institute in Rocket Center.

Robert Cole of MCDA indicated that Davis is very qualified individual.

“I think he would be an asset to us when it comes to the education and training of folks into the technical field,” said Cole.

Friend is a community office manager with First United Bank & Trust and has served on the Mineral County Development Corporation.

“(Friend) would be an asset,” said Whisner.

The commissioners also approved the reappointments of Cole, John Lusk and Anne Palmer to the MCDA and a reappointment to the Frankfort Public Service District and appointments to the Building Commission, Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation and the Keyser-Mineral County Public Library.

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