KEYSER - The odor coming from the attic of the Mineral County Courthouse, with the smell at times traveling to offices in lower floors of the county government building, may be a thing of the past.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The odor coming from the attic of the Mineral County Courthouse, with the smell at times traveling to offices in lower floors of the county government building, may be a thing of the past.
Drew Brubaker, county coordinator, told the commissioners that the bat issue shows the animals “historically pass through the attic, leaving residue and an unpleasant smell.”
In giving a report to the commissioners, Brubaker said that two different pest control business gave estimates on handling the bat issue.
With both businesses examining the attic area, he said that Home Paramount Pest Control “will give us what is needed,” and that is a thorough cleaning of the attic space.
Brubaker said that in addition to the cleaning process, holes discovered to the outside will be filled, and the cost for the complete procedure is close to $8,000.
He said a chemical will be used to clean and deodorize the attic, and a beginning date has not yet been determined.
Commission president Jerry Whisner suggested Brubaker “get in writing concerning the filling of the holes” from Home Paramount, while commissioner Roger Leatherman said that air vents are needed in the attic, along with exhaust fans.
In other business for the county commission, a communication from the Fountain Public Service District showed that during a recent audit, funding released to the service district prior to 2015 had remained unspent.
The $40,000 was advanced to the Fountain PSD from the county commission to be used for the Burlington water project.
The question arose during this business matter to have the money carried over by the Fountain PSD for future projects or reimburse the money to the county commission.
Whisner and Leatherman, the only two commissioners present at the meeting, agreed to have the $40,000 paid back to the commission and be held “in escrow for future projects.”