KEYSER - The Mineral County Commissioners voted Tuesday to proceed with a $2 raise on the 911 fees currently attached to landlines, so it will now cost consumers $5 instead of the previous fee of $3.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County Commissioners voted Tuesday to proceed with a $2 raise on the 911 fees currently attached to landlines, so it will now cost consumers $5 instead of the previous fee of $3.
Commission president Dr. Richard Lechliter said the 911 office is under the jurisdiction of the county commission, and that other counties across West Virginia could be different.
He said the raise would be used for “training and maintenance for the communication towers.”
Lechliter said the recent hearing on this subject drew some opposition for the raise from local citizens, based on the affect on the retired and elderly.
Commissioner Roger Leatherman said that he had talked to a few county citizens concerning the 911 raise, and he mentioned that one response was the additional $2 fee would be alright “If it meets the needs of sick people,” in getting an ambulance to them in an emergency.
Along the same line, commissioner Jerry Whisner said that he also spoke to older citizens and, “As a rule they are those needing the 911 services.”