KEYSER - Two public hearings have been scheduled by the Mineral County Commission, and this was part of the business discussion during the county government meeting on Tuesday.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Two public hearings have been scheduled by the Mineral County Commission, and this was part of the business discussion during the county government meeting on Tuesday.
Commission president Dr. Richard Lechliter said the first public meeting will deal with a raise in landline usage fees, for the benefit of making, “The 911 Center more self-sufficient.”
He also said the “raise of $2 per landline” for county residents will mainly “cover maintenance on the communication towers.”
The public hearing on this subject will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Mineral County Courthouse, and the second hearing will follow on the same date at 7 p.m.
The subject of the second hearing will be the annexation of several businesses and one private residence on the east side of U.S. Route 220.
Lechliter said those citizens that will be able to speak at the hearing, “Will be those involved or border the annexation area.”
The City of Keyser began the process of gaining the Rt. 220 businesses and the home on Southern Drive to increase the city’s tax base and to offer services as police protection.
The businesses involved include Dollar Tree, AT&T, Denny’s, Rite Aid, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Mountain View Veterinary Services, and the agency of Mineral County Aging and Family Services.
Along with the proposed landline increase, which citizens will see on their future home phone bills, Lauren Ellifritz, county clerk, announced during the commission meeting of the raise for 911 fees for cell phones starting on July 1.
She said the West Virginia Public Service Commission set the raise “to go from $3 to $3.45 to assist the 911 Center to operate its emergency telephone service.”
During the county commission meeting, several county citizens were reappointed or appointed to various agencies, and included the reappointments of Robert Eagle Jr. and Ben Smith to the Mineral County Development Authority.
Other reappointments were Sheila Golden to the Keyser Library Board and Darl Shreve, Kevin Clark, Brian Dayton, and James R. Knotts to the Farmland Protection Board.
A letter of notification from Howard Page showed that he will no longer serve on the Farmland Board.
Lechliter was reappointed to the Board of Health, and new appointees to the Mineral County Airport Authority are Kristin White and Michael Boggs.