KEYSER - A public hearing on the City of Keyser's latest bid for annexation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. in the courtroom at the Mineral County Courthouse.

By Liz Beavers
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Tribune Managing Editor
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KEYSER - A public hearing on the City of Keyser’s latest bid for annexation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. in the courtroom at the Mineral County Courthouse.
A public hearing on the county commission’s proposal to increase the county’s 911 fees - originally scheduled for the same night - has been moved to Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m.
This will be the City of Keyser’s fourth attempt to expand its boundaries in order to increase tax revenue. One request was approved by the county, resulting in bringing the Mineral County Schools complex - Keyser Primary, Keyser Middle, the Technical Center and the board offices - into the city’s fold.
The other two applications involved larger areas and were protested by some owners of the properties affected and therefore denied by the Mineral County Commission.
This most recent attempt will only involve several businesses located on the east side of U.S. Route 220 - 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 - and one private residence on lower Southern Drive.
In addition, the upper part of Southern Drive - just the road - will be included in an attempt to alleviate confusion as to law enforcement jurisdiction during emergencies.
Tuesday’s hearing is being held by the county commission. Although anyone may attend Tuesday’s public hearing, only the owners of those properties affected or immediately adjacent to the proposed annex will be permitted to speak.
The county commissioners will take all comments made Tuesday, in addition to any written ones previously submitted to the commission office, into consideration in making their decision.