For the News Tribune
KEYSER - Former Sheriff Craig A. Fraley announced just prior to leaving office that Mineral County has succecfully been awarded two grants for funding for 2013.
The first award from the West Virginia Technical Assistance Broadband Grant Program is in the amount of approximately $22,000. This grant is for the Mineral County Sheriff's Office to install an Internet Tax Inquiry System.
According to Fraley, this will fund Phase I of a project to allow the county citizens to go online and view their taxes. The possibility to print a tax bill is also included. Phase II would allow the citizen to pay online with a credit card.
Software Systems Inc. of Morgantown, which owns the software now currently used by Mineral County, will be handling the installation of the system. This grant is for the Phase I project only. According to Fraley, Phase II would have to come at a later date.
The second award was for the Project Lifesaver Federal Grant that would allow equipment and training of deputies in searching for lost Alzheimer and autism patients. This grant will cover equipment for the individuals and the equipment and training for the search and rescue teams.
Although Fraley will not see the two grants through, he said he feels that these two projects will be of great benefit to the citizens of Mineral County.
The Mineral County Tax Office received much needed computer updates six months ago that will handle the updated Tax Inquiry System. Fraley stated, "I am very pleased that we were able to get this accomplished, I'm just sorry that I won't be there to see it installed." Sheriff Jeremy Taylor took office Jan. 1, 2013, and will be charged with the chore of installation and maintaining the system.