KEYSER - Several meetings ago, the subject of refinancing the 911 Center building was briefly discussed by the Mineral County Commission, and at the Tuesday morning meeting of the county government, Luke McKenzie, director for the office of emergency management, gave a detailed report on this process.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Several meetings ago, the subject of refinancing the 911 Center building was briefly discussed by the Mineral County Commission, and at the Tuesday morning meeting of the county government, Luke McKenzie, director for the office of emergency management, gave a detailed report on this process.
The commissioners voted for approval of the refinancing of the 911 Center.
McKenzie said the amount currently owed on the building is just around $680,000, and new finance rate of 3.75 percent through the Grant County Bank will make the monthly payment at $6,575 for 129 months equal to a sizable savings.
He told the commissioners the closing costs for refinancing the 911 Center amounts to approximately $7,000, which he said could be paid off within two years.
McKenzie also spoke about another option involving a time frame of having 45 days before the first refinanced payment is due.
He said if this is correct, “We could pay off the closing costs” during that time, and to verify this information, Drew Brubaker, county coordinator, will make inquiries on this matter.
In other business, Brubaker said that the recent freezing weather “has created challenges” for the county government, with water damage caused by the breakage of frozen pipes at the office of the Community Corrections on North Main Street.
He added that upon meeting with Tara Hockaday, director of Community Corrections, steps for remediation have started, and, “We are making short-term plans to continue services” for the agency.
Brubaker said that in addition to the damage to ceiling tiles and insulation, major damage happened to the furnace, and the commissioners approved the purchase of a new furnace at the approximate cost of $7,600.
Also, letters from two council members of county municipalities were received by the commission, stating their interest in serving on the Mineral County Ambulance Authority, due to several recent resignations.
Karol Ashenfelter, of the Keyser City Council, and Kevin Broadwater, representing the Elk Garden City Council, would only serve in a temporary capacity, which would take in three meetings, and their term would expire in June.