by JEAN BRAITHWAITE
Tribune Correspondent

KEYSER — Presenting the latest recycling endeavors in the county, Commissioner Janice LaRue gave a report of the Litter Control/Recycling Committee (LC/RC) at the recent meeting of the Mineral County Development Authority.
Serving as the facilitator for the recycling group, LaRue said Bill Hood, owner of United Disposal, now located in the Keyser Industrial Park, has been working with grant funding from Region 8 to supply recycling bins for Keyser High School and Keyser Primary-Middle School.
She mentioned several bins have also been placed at the Keyser Swimming Pool by United.
“At this time, United Disposal has not furnished bins to Frankfort High School, because that part of the county is not in the company’s service area,” LaRue said, mentioning the possibility that recycling containers could be furnished to the northern end of the county in the future hinges on the availability of funding.
Citing information from a recent recycling study, she pointed out larger retail stores and establishments operating on a 24-hour schedule “are fairly successful with collecting recyclables.”
The Development Authority will issue letters to Martin’s, Wal-Mart, and Potomac Valley Hospital, asking them to join the recycling efforts.
According to LaRue, participation of the three entities could be developed as they provide an easily accessible site within their property for placement of the collection bins.
In business pertaining to the LC/RC, the reports from this group and the Green Jobs Task Force may be combined into one presentation at future Development Authority meetings.
Mona Ridder, executive director for the development agency, brought a business matter before the members concerning regulations for open meetings.
“I became familiar with this type of discussion through my attendance at the Planning Commission meetings,” she said, adding that local attorney Jack Barr wanted the planning people to adopt guidelines on how that group could comply with Sunshine laws.
“The Development Authority adopted a policy for open meetings in 1993,” Ridder was informed by Barr when she contacted him.
Using this information, Ridder called for the authority members to vote to reaffirm the already adopted policy for open governmental proceeding regulations.
In business related to the Fort Ashby Business and Technology Park, Ridder said the repair work for winter storm damage on the shell building should “start at any minute,” with Mineral Fabrication securing the bid for completion of the work.
The Development Authority members voted to retain the pile of soil collected when excavation procedures took place in the park, as Ridder stated there were two choices to consider.
“We can either keep the soil or sell it through a bid process,” she said.
Rick Linthicum, president of the Development Authority, made mention that “The soil is ours, and we might as well keep it.”
Briefly discussing the 2011 Mineral County Day at the Legislature, Ridder announced the students involved with the food program course at Potomac State College will be catering the noon luncheon for the event.
Adding about the trip to Charleston by Mineral County people, Linthicum stated a way “to honor the memory of the late Mayor Ebbie Gilmore of Piedmont” was to do what he thought was important and “be at all events” scheduled throughout the day.
The next meeting of the Development Authority is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., in the third floor conference room, of Grand Central Business Center.