Mineral county

KEYSER, W.Va. —The public will soon be able to view monthly reports of how money is spent in Mineral County on the West Virginia Checkbook website. 

“There are a couple of concerns of the time involved,” Mineral County Clerk Lauren Ellifritz said of staff having to remove account numbers before information is posted. Ellifritz gave details of the state website at the Mineral County Commission meeting on Tuesday.

Ellifritz said in some cases account numbers were provided in the memo fields of checks and the Social Security numbers were listed on child support payments.

“We don’t want our account numbers available,” she said. “If we download it, we have to clean up the file. They want all the counties to get on board because we will be the first state to do this. It’s open to the public to let them know what we are spending and why.”

The state website, wvCheckbook.gov, was developed by John Chambers, a West Virginia native and the founder of Cisco, to track state spending.

Each county in the state will have financial information on the website. There are two counties that “are already live and 16 others that were ready to go live,” Ellifritz said. 

In other commission news, Piedmont is still having complications with Pearl Street where a landslide occurred in February and broke a sewer line.

“It’s not good,” Commissioner Roger Leatherman said. “They got a mess up there in Piedmont and I don’t know what they are going to do.”

Follow staff writer Elaine Blaisdell on Twitter @eblaisdell. 

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