KEYSER - The Mineral County Development Authority may not see a sign at the entrance of the Keyser Industrial Park as soon as scheduled, however, there is a possibility this subject may be brought to the attention of the state transportation head as local citizens attend Mineral County Day at the Legislature scheduled for early 2019.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County Development Authority may not see a sign at the entrance of the Keyser Industrial Park as soon as scheduled, however, there is a possibility this subject may be brought to the attention of the state transportation head as local citizens attend Mineral County Day at the Legislature scheduled for early 2019.
At the August meeting of the development authority, the board members voted to proceed to have a new sign installed at the Waxler Road entrance of the industrial park to replace the present sign.
At that meeting, the sign was determined to be in “an aging condition,” and was blocked by brush, leaving no visibility from Route 46 of what businesses are located in the park.
The present sign contains 12 spaces, each to show a business in the industrial park.
Kevin Clark, executive director, for the development authority, said that a roadblock by the West Virginia Department of Transportation has stopped progress on the sign.
He said information from the DOT showed an exemption pertaining to how far back off the highway a sign may be placed could happen for retail businesses, but not with an industrial area.
Buck Eagle, president of the authority, said of the present sign, “There should be a way to replace the eyesore and make an attractive sign.”
He said, “We can’t say we are not interested in businesses, and then we run into roadblocks.”
Butch Armentrout, board member representing Carpendale, suggested that the state highway people be contacted during Mineral County Day at the Legislature concerning this situation.
Another suggestion was to place the sign further back into the industrial park, but members agreed that it would not be visible to those traveling by on Route 46.
In other business, Clark gave an update on the old Anchor Glass building and the ongoing cleanup process that is part of the goal of the development authority, so that “businesses will locate there.”
Clark said that all the refractory has been removed, with the final amount going to the landfill, and he gave credit to Terry McDowell for his work in clearing out the building.
Clark said several new garage doors were installed to replace sheets of plywood, making for an overall better appearance of the building.