KEYSER - David Boden, newly appointed board member of the New Creek Public Service District, presented a list of concerns dealing with that agency to the Mineral County Commissioners on Tuesday evening, asking for their assistance “to move forward.”

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - David Boden, newly appointed board member of the New Creek Public Service District, presented a list of concerns dealing with that agency to the Mineral County Commissioners on Tuesday evening, asking for their assistance “to move forward.”
Boden said of the New Creek PSD, “I heard of problems there; I have seen the problems, and there are many.”
Boden spoke of a present audit that is underway and should be completed by the end of December.
He said that the results of the audit could be “ugly” and may show “neglect.”
When it comes to neglect, Boden said that people are being hired for the PSD, and “don’t know what they are doing.”
Saying a budget for the PSD “has not been in place for years,” Boden said, “At one time, there was a surplus of money” for the agency, and now a small balance is shown, which is a cause to raise red flags.
He assured the commissioners, “The audit will not lie,” adding that the process “makes my hair stand on their end.”
With changes at the New Creek PSD in mind, Boden said, “A system of checks and balances will be put in place,” and he pointed out that in the future there could be a reduction of hours and other measures taken to save money for the PSD.
“The sad thing is we have to fix it,” he said of making changes to New Creek PSD, naming “the lack of management” as core of the problems.
With an emergency rate increase possible, Boden said, “We have to let the public and customers realize the reason for the increase.”
He said that the board members never asked for a rate increase, even though Keyser raised their rates on their end of the system.
Boden said that maybe a year would be needed to “get things straightened out.”
He said that the public will be invited to attend the board meetings, and a table and chairs will be made available for those who wish to attend.
He said that one other new board member has been appointed, naming Pete Pamepinto and, Boden said,  “He is in for the long haul.”
Boden said that over the past three years there has been a turnover of board members, and, “It has been hard to keep board members.”
Also speaking of an illegal board member that has held that position for ten years, Boden said that person has not been at recent meetings.
Commission president Jerry Whisner asked if Denny Fleming, a former board member, could stay on as a consultant due to his years of experience.
However, the West Virginia Public Service Commission was contacted, and the word received from them amounted to Fleming could not stay on as a consultant.
Just before it was Boden’s turn to address the commissioners, they read a letter of resignation from board member Jan Poland.
Commission president Jerry Whisner said in general, “We struggle with getting board members” on the different county agencies.
Boden asked the commissioners to wait to appoint New Creek PSD board members, and to, “Just hold on and I will get some members.”
Those wishing to serve on the board for the New Creek PSD must send a letter of request to the Mineral County Commission and include contact information.