Mineral commission approves precinct consolidation

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County Commission unanimously approved two orders to consolidate some voting districts within the county during Tuesday's business meeting.

The commission had discussed the changes at a December meeting. Tuesday, County Clerk Lauren Ellifritz explained that legal requirements were met for notifying citizens of the pending changes. In addition to advertisements in local media and letters that were mailed out recently to citizens affected by the moves, Ellifritz said, there will be signs posted at the new and old voting locations on election day.

The changes come ahead of the county's scheduled primary elections on May 12, and affect precincts 12 and 15, as well as 19 and 20.

Precincts 12 and 15, which were located at Wiley Ford School, have been consolidated and voting will be relocated to Wiley Ford Volunteer Fire Company. Voting for precincts 19 and 20 — Keyser Presbyterian Church and Potomac Heights Apartments, respectively — has been consolidated into a single location at Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Assembly. 

Commissioner Richard Lechliter motioned to approve the orders as presented, with commissioner Jerry Whisner seconding the motion.

The commission also: 

• Approved a grant for $9,927 that would allow the office of the Circuit Clerk to digitize paper records.

• Approved updates to the county's vehicle towing policy regarding dispatching. Under the new guidelines, companies that are requested to assist in towing cars must respond within 30 minutes. Companies that fail to meet the stipulation twice in a row within a six-month time frame will now receive letters advising them of the violation, and following a third offense, "the offending tow company will be removed from the rotation for a period of six months," per the newly-revised policy.

• Approved the reassignment of current court security officer William Clark to replace Vince Shambaugh as the preventive resource officer at Frankfort High School. Shambaugh is retiring to run for sheriff of Morgan County.

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