KEYSER - As part of the business for the Mineral County Development Authority, president Buck Eagle wanted to receive some type of clarification from state officials on what will happen now with the highway area between I-68 and Corridor H with the passage of the Roads to Prosperity Bond.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - As part of the business for the Mineral County Development Authority, president Buck Eagle wanted to receive some type of clarification from state officials on what will happen now with the highway area between I-68 and Corridor H with the passage of the Roads to Prosperity Bond.
Eagle sent letters to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Transportation Secretary Thomas Smith to receive “some clarification for planning purposes.”
In his letters, he gave a late September quote from Del. Gary Howell that said as part of the road bond initiative, the state’s division of highways, “has moved up design and construction of the four-lane US 220 connecting US 48 (Corridor H) to Interstate 68.”
According to Eagle, Howell further said that the Tier II environmental study will be fully funded as part of the road bond amendment, with completion to take up to several years.
Eagle wanted to receive “accurate information as to where we are with the project and a tentative timeline.”
He told the authority board members in regard to the projects to be taken to Mineral County Day at the Legislature in January 2018, “Don’t take the RT 220 project off the list.”
Kevin Clark, executive director for the development authority, also issued correspondence to Justice and Smith, and told them “we are a strong county that is not reliant on mineral extraction or government and healthcare jobs.”
Clark made a request in his letters to the top officials by saying that they “add an additional nine miles of US 220 Corridor to the current Tier II study.”
Eagle agreed with this request and said the nine miles of three would be in Mineral County and six in Grant County.
In a brief discussion of other business for the development authority, Clark told board members that, according to the by-laws, January is the month for election of officers, although for the past several years, that process has happened in June.
Anne Palmer said that county municipalities have their elections in June, and a representative from the municipalities are appointed as board member to the development authority around the same time.
She added that a person could be appointed as a board member following local elections in June, and then could “leave this board in mid-term.”
Board president Buck Eagle suggested action be taken to “suspend the one item only in the by-laws,” until an update can be made on the document.
The motion was passed by board members, and Eagle asked the members to “review the by-laws and keep notes” on what other updates are needed.