KEYSER - The Mineral County Commission is preparing to receive funding requests from various local agencies prior to implementing a new budget for fiscal year 2020.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County Commission is preparing to receive funding requests from various local agencies prior to implementing a new budget for fiscal year 2020.
At the Tuesday meeting of the commission, several requests were made, and Chad Lindsay, of the Mineral County Firefighter’s Association, asked to receive $500 more than the usual yearly county contribution of $3,500.
Kermit Garretson and Pat Mason, representing the Mineral County Landmarks Commission, sought to receive additional funding from the commission to be used for repairs on the Headsville School.
Garretson said that just recently, “A hole was found in the foundation of the school,” saying that more than likely the damage was from the school’s old age, and the damaged area covers about six feet at the back of the building.
He added that an upcoming meeting with the Landmarks Commission and a contractor would show the estimated cost of repairs to the foundation.
“When we receive the estimate, we will give it to the commission,” Garretson said.
He said the need for repair to the school’s foundation is “urgent.”
Garretson said the school presently contains a teacher’s desk along with student desks, and an ironside stove, marked Piedmont Foundry.
Mason said the Landmark’s Commission is working toward getting the Headsville School on the National Registry of Historical Buildings.
He said that in the future, plans are to give tours of the school to students, “To show what school was like years ago.”
In addition, Luke McKenzie, director of Mineral County 911 Emergency Center, told the commissioners that the budget for the Office of Emergency Management would remain about the same from last year.
He said that about $100 could be added to the updated budget to account for materials and supplies, and funding for a cellular trail camera that would be used for flood-related incidents.
Another budget request was given by Lauren Ellifritz, county clerk, and she said for the clerk’s office the budget will remain the same as fiscal year 2019.
Then she gave the possible changes in the funding for the election side of the clerk’s office with the 2020 presidential election, and the increase could be in the high thousands, and she said the increased cost is “out of my control.”
Ellifritz said the reason was due to having the delegates to the national convention listed on the ballot.
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