KEYSER - Four different communications from Luke McKenzie, director of the Office of Emergency Management and 911 Center, were part of the discussion at the Tuesday morning meeting of the Mineral County Commission.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Four different communications from Luke McKenzie, director of the Office of Emergency Management and 911 Center, were part of the discussion at the Tuesday morning meeting of the Mineral County Commission.
Among the requests was to gain approval for hiring four part-time certified personnel to take on dispatcher duties.
A job description for the part-time workers would include no benefits and they would not be guaranteed any set number of hours.
Commissioner Richard Lechliter said the new part-time employees could “fill in the gaps” as needed among the full-time staff members.
The commissioners also gave McKenzie the go ahead to end the contract with Atlas Geographic Data Systems, which offered assistance for 911 emergency addressing.
McKenzie said in his communication that the termination with the data systems would “save the county $4,800 a year.”
Lechliter spoke of the third request by McKenzie and that was the approval of a memorandum of understanding concerning the Westernport communication tower to allow Mineral County to have their equipment at the Maryland site.
Lechliter added that this move would “serve Piedmont better” in emergency situations.
Following the discussion on the final request by McKenzie, the issue was tabled until a future meeting, and this item dealt with the 911 dispatchers and their work hours.
In other business, and during the county coordinator’s report, it was announced the application for funding from the West Virginia Courthouse Improvement grant was not approved for this year.
Past funding from this source was used to provide roof and related repairs to the courthouse.
Jerry Whisner, commission president, said the funding from the 2018 application was to add an air-lock addition to the front entrance of the courthouse “for security purposes.”
In addition, Drew Brubaker, the county coordinator, said that 17 applications were received for the position of administrative assistant for that office.
Rhonda Beeman will be retiring and has held that position for 37 years, with the longest time of service among the courthouse employees.
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