KEYSER - A new appointee to the board for the New Creek Public Service District was approved during the recent Mineral County Commission meeting, and Linda Liller will join Denny Fleming and Melvin Woods, the other two board members.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - A new appointee to the board for the New Creek Public Service District was approved during the recent Mineral County Commission meeting, and Linda Liller will join Denny Fleming and Melvin Woods, the other two board members.
Prior to the approval of Liller, she said that she had a general awareness of her requirements as a board member, but requested to have a specific understanding of her duties.
Commission president Richard Lechliter said that one duty would be to “be more proactive,” while serving on the board.
Giving more exact responsibilities, he said, “You will get complaints,” naming several obligations as a board member that would be to follow policies, be aware of available grants for system improvements, follow the process of a yearly audit by hiring someone to complete this procedure, and be able to “explain to the customers any changes in the bills.”
Commissioner Roger Leatherman mentioned the two main objectives as a board member, and he said that would be to “see if employees get their job done and listen to complaints.”
Commissioner Jerry Whisner brought up the subject of the patrons of the New Creek PSD filling their swimming pools, by saying that a fee is charged for sewerage based on the amount of water going into a pool.
He added that this process is “unfair to the homeowner” to be charged by the PSD for sewerage when nothing goes though those lines.
Liller was asked by the commissioners if she would be in favor of changing the policy in doing away with a sewerage fee when customers use the water to fill swimming pools.
She said, “That sounds reasonable,” and Whisner said that hopefully the policy can be changed before next summer.
Lauren Ellifritz, county clerk, said that monitoring the water going into a pool could happen as there would be a meter reading before and after filling the pool.
Lechliter said that according to state code, “Public service districts are allowed not to charge for sewerage,” when the amount of a customer’s water usage is supervised.