CHARLESTON - A brief meeting with the elected officials representing the county was one of the scheduled sessions for 2015 Mineral County Day.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
CHARLESTON - A brief meeting with the elected officials representing the county was one of the scheduled sessions for 2015 Mineral County Day.
Sen. Bob Williams told the attendees, “This is an opportunity for us to hear of your issues.”
Adding to this, Del. Allen Evans said, “If you have problems, we help find a solution.”
Donnie Ashby, of Automated Packaging, was the first to bring a subject to the Legislators, speaking about the reduction or elimination of the business inventory tax.
Ashby said that with that amount of money saved, “There could be expansion or the purchase of new equipment for the plant.”
Also telling about several of the achievements of Automated Packaging recently, he said that 50-60 new hires are now at the plant, and, “we have a good workforce.”
Sen. Craig Blair answered that he was ‘a champion for this,” adding in the Senate there is an agenda for “jobs, jobs, jobs.”
Williams stated the tax reduction would take a “complete repeal on the state’s constitution,” while Blair said if the tax elimination would be put to a vote, “It may not happen,” and he added, “There are ways to get around it.”
Keyser City Council member Terry Liller wanted to put another subject before the legislators, and that was the only way to arrive on Corridor H is by traveling through rural areas.
He said he had left this area for nearly 40 years, and upon his return found only two-lane roads to get to the corridor and onto the D.C. area, where there is, “The strongest economic center.”
Suggesting Route 50 could become a four-lane highway, Liller said not only the Eastern Panhandle would benefit, but also the whole state would be open for business.
Del. Gary Howell agreed the state will either “grow or die,” adding, “we must have growth.”
Liller said, “It is like we have a pot of gold in front of us, and we ignore it," as he mentioned he is hopeful an elected official or “someone" will take charge of this project.
The meeting of Mineral County people with the legislators was cut short when the office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin sent a message, received by Amy White, chairperson for Mineral County Day, saying he would meet the people in his reception room.
Then, a photo only was taken of those participating in Mineral County Day and Gov. Tomblin.