KEYSER - The City of Keyser will proceed with filing an application once again to expand its boundaries toward the south in an attempt to increase its tax base.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - The City of Keyser will proceed with filing an application once again to expand its boundaries toward the south in an attempt to increase its tax base.
The area in question will include six businesses on the east side of U.S. Route 220 and one private residence on Southern Drive. With the educational complex along Harley O. Staggers Sr. Drive, which was taken into the city limits a few years ago, the proposed move will “even out” the city’s boundaries in that area.
The proposal will also include Southern Drive - just the road - above Route 220 to give the city police jurisdiction over the street.
According to city administrator Randy Amtower, the application will include a letter to county coordinator Drew Brubaker, a letter to commission president Richard Lechliter, a map of the area in question, a legal description and the application itself.
Once they receive the application, the commissioners will be required to hold a public hearing and make a decision.
The city has already gone through this process multiple times with the commission. The commission granted the request to include Keyser Primary, Keyser Middle, the Technical Center and administrative offices in the city limits, but denied subsequent requests to annex larger areas which included a number of residences.
Wednesday, Amtower said the new plan “only takes in one private residence, and he’s ok with it.”
Council member Karol Ashenfelter also said that the six businesses in question “are not having a problem with it” either.
The businesses and one agency affected would be Dollar Tree, AT&T Cellular, Denny’s, Rite Aid, KFC, Mineral County Aging & Family Services, and Mountainview Veterinary Services.
Amtower explained the reason for including Southern Drive above Route 220 was because when there are accidents on the street there is often confusion as to which law enforcement agency has jurisdiction.
Council member Sonny Alt made the motion to allow Amtower to proceed with the application, and Ashenfelter seconded it.
The motion passed 5-0.