KEYSER - The Keyser City Council is scheduled to once again take up the topic of annexation when they meet Wednesday evening.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - The Keyser City Council is scheduled to once again take up the topic of annexation when they meet Wednesday evening.
The city has petitioned the Mineral County Commission three times in as many years to allow them to expand the city’s boundaries farther south in an attempt to increase the tax base.
A larger tax base results in increased revenue for the city, which former mayor and current city administrator Randy Amtower has said is vital to the city’s survival when other sources of revenue are dwindling away.
Twice the commissioners have denied the city’s request when residents became vocal against the proposition.
One expansion was approved, however, which brought the Mineral County Board of Education complex including the Tech Center, administrative office, Keyser Primary and Keyser Middle schools into the city limits.
West Virginia State Code allows for three methods of annexing property into a city’s limits - minor boundary adjustment, which would require the commission’s approval, putting the question to the voters for approval, or accepting a petition for annexation from the affected property owners.
The item on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting simply says “annexation,” with no further details.
In addition, the city officials are scheduled to hear - and possibly approve - a request for a parade during Mineral County Relay for Life Week in July, and to also approve a request for a 5k walk/run to raise funds for the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool.
Parks and recreation commissioner Jen Junkins read the letter proposing the fund raiser during the May 10 meeting. In the letter, written by resident Tanis Ridenour, the Save the Pool 5k Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run would be held July 15.
Although the council members generally agreed to support the event, they could not officially vote on the proposal because it was not on the meeting’s agenda.
Other items on the agenda for Wednesday include Joe Altobello seeking permission for the annual Kiwanis 5k Run on the Fourth of July, Elwood Junkins talking about the Fall Fest, resident Quinton Welsh talking about Club Tropix, and city trash service, among other issues.
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall.