KEYSER - For the third time in as many Mineral County commission meetings, the subject of security for the Apple Harvest Festival was discussed this week, and this time county funding for the event was established.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - For the third time in as many Mineral County commission meetings, the subject of security for the Apple Harvest Festival was discussed this week, and this time county funding for the event was established.
In late June, sheriff Jeremy Taylor was present at the commission meeting to seek assistance from the county officials to help with the $5,000 to $6,000 security coverage for the Apple Harvest Festival.
At that time, he said the entire county law enforcement staff was on hand at some time every day of the festival to provide, among other duties, traffic control, with the cost of this service coming from the sheriff’s department budget.
Mike Price, CEO of the Burlington United Methodist Family Services (BUMFS), and The Rev. Barbara Rexrode, chair of the Apple Harvest Festival, were present at the July 10 commission meeting.
During the discussion, Price said it would only be fair for BUMFS to pay something toward the security coverage from the sheriff’s department.
He also gave an understanding that this situation is “not us against the sheriff’s department.”
At the Tuesday commission meeting, president Jerry Whisner said that he had been approached by several service organizations with the thought of not charging for security at the festival.
Sheriff Jeremy Taylor, present at the commission meeting, said he had informed the Apple Harvest officials at the end of the 2017 festival that something had to worked out with the 2018 security coverage.
He said in offering special detail to the Mineral County school board, along with offering that service to other entities, “We are reimbursed.”
Commissioner Richard Lechliter said that amount for law enforcement covering the festival is “not in the sheriff’s budget.”
Taylor said at one time the Hampshire County deputy reserve team helped during the Apple Harvest Festival, and they were “one hundred percent volunteers,” and the Mineral County deputy reserve team also assisted.
When discussion on this subject ended, Lechliter made a motion to give $2,000 “as a one-time deal” for security coverage at the Apple Harvest Festival.
Commissioner Roger Leatherman gave a second to the motion, while Whisner said, “I wish we could come up with another way” to fund the security coverage.
He added, “The sheriff’s department does need help with coverage; they do a good job.”