CHARLESTON - Three meetings with state-level officials during Mineral County Day Thursday included lots of thank-yous and, of course, some ideas for how the leaders could help Mineral County move forward.

For the News Tribune
CHARLESTON - Three meetings with state-level officials during Mineral County Day Thursday included lots of thank-yous and, of course, some ideas for how the leaders could help Mineral County move forward.
The representatives of Mineral County traveled to Charleston for the 18th time to showcase what the county has to offer and network with elected and appointed officials to discuss specific topics.
One such meeting was with the West Virginia Development Office, during which the state was thanked for the increased emphasis on the need for faster, more reliable broadband.
Other issues discussed included a promotional video for Jennings Randolph Lake, activities at Ashby’s Fort, and other historical and tourism opportunities for the county.
Included in the discussions were opportunities for grants to assist with the programs.
During the meeting with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Mineral County residents thanked the state for additional signage placed between Keyser and Corridor H, the approval of a replacement for the Mill Creek Bridge near Burlington, and approval of the Tier 2 study for the U.S. Route 220 North-South Corridor.
Two top issues on the county’s radar for discussion were the need for a bridge from U.S. Route 220 in Allegany County to Carpendale, which would open up approximately 100 acres of real estate in Carpendale for economic development, and the need for a turning lane from Route 28 onto Scenic Lane, which would help eliminate the large number of accidents that occur in the area.
The opioid crisis was the main topic of discussion with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
During that discussion, it was noted that West Virginia leads the country in overdose deaths, with 35 overdose deaths per 100,000 people in 2015.
Mineral County representatives told the state leaders they are interested in partnering with the state in order to enhance the outreach for prevention and recovery options.
To that end, Mineral County agencies have already taken several proactive measures, including holding substance abuse town hall meetings, Narcan trainings, in-school programs and a harm reduction program.
They also noted that there are currently three treatment facilities located in Mineral County - the Staggers Recovery House operated by the Burlington United Methodist Family Services; Recovery Care in Keyser, operated by Dr. Heather Rosen; and the Travis Phillip Moreland Recovery Resource Center in Short Gap.