KEYSER - The continued discussion of a chase car to be utilized for emergency services for specific hours during the weekdays in the northern end of the county was part of the Tuesday afternoon meeting of the Mineral County Commission.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The continued discussion of a chase car to be utilized for emergency services for specific hours during the weekdays in the northern end of the county was part of the Tuesday afternoon meeting of the Mineral County Commission.
For the past several months, plans for the chase car have been developed into having a vehicle kept in the Short Gap fire station to give coverage from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays only, to the areas from Fountain to Ridgeley.
Vallie Fisher, a Mineral County resident,  taking her 10-minute appointment time, spoke to the county government officials about the chase car, saying she felt the present plans may not “favor all taxpayers.”
She felt “coverage for all areas” instead of just one section of the county involving the chase car could be more beneficial.
Commissioner Roger Leatherman said that chase car project “has got to be county-wide,” as he added that citizens living in Burlington, Elk Garden, Fort Ashby, and other communities “all have their tax money go to the same place.”
He said these same areas have difficulty in having emergency services in the daytime, however, “They also need coverage.”
He also mentioned that the commission is waiting on a letter from the office of the West Virginia attorney general to offer guidance concerning the bid process of who will oversee providing the chase car services.
The lone bid received for the services came from Valley Medical Transport, with this agency having several of its employees also members of the Mineral County Ambulance Authority.
Leatherman said the finding from the state office will determine if the employees will be “allowed to vote” about chase car services, and he said, “It may have to be rebid.”
Fisher said that nearby Hardy County has two chase cars and two ambulances, and she suggested the same may work for Mineral County.
Richard Lechliter, commission president, told Fisher that her concerns will be passed on to the ambulance authority for consideration by the members.