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April 28, 2011

Mineral changes polling places for special primary

KEYSER, W.Va. — Polling places at the Short Gap Volunteer Fire Department and Second Baptist Church on Hollywood Road will be moved to Wesley Chapel and the Potomac Memorial Gardens office, respectively, for the May 14 special primary election for governor.

The Mineral County Commission approved the change at its Tuesday meeting. “We will send letters to every voter in both of those precincts notifying them of those changes,” said Lauren Ellifritz, clerk of the commission.

During his county coordinator report, Mike Bland announced that the infrastructure council that reviewed the Fountain Public Service District is $10.5 million project application to construct water line extensions in the Fountain and Burlington areas found it to be technically complete and feasible, but did not allocate any money.

“The initial review of the project is to determine whether it’s something that needs to move foward and the funding award will be based on readiness to go,” said Bland.

To help fund the project, Fountain PSD applied for a $1.5 million small cities block grant. Bland said that at this point there is no funding.

The commission approved the Mineral County Emergency Center to distribute 300 radios to emergency personnel around the county.

Before the meeting officially began, The Greater Cumberland Committee presented its 2011-2012 work plan to the board. The first of three goals is to advance sustainable growth initiatives, including focusing on economic development opportunities, the North/South corridor and expansion of the education of Marcellus shale development.

The second goal supports the development of regional leaders and the third includes expanding education opportunities.

The board voted to change from state-funded workers’ compensation to handling it on their own as a county. Previously, Bland said the county paid premiums to the state, which would then pay out any claims. By taking on the responsibility themselves, they would only pay if there is a claim.

“In the past we’ve paid $10,000 to $12,000 per year. ... There’s a good chance we could save ... around $14,000 a year (by switching),” said Bland.

Bland mentioned looking into a possible credit left over from the state from past funds that went unused.

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