KEYSER - Lauren Ellifritz, county clerk, told the Mineral County Commissioners this week that a new statewide financial program will “let the public see what we are spending and why.”

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Lauren Ellifritz, county clerk, told the Mineral County Commissioners this week that a new statewide financial program will “let the public see what we are spending and why.”
Ellifritz said the program, West Virginia Checkbook, was developed by Charleston native John Chambers, founder and former CEO of Cisco Systems.
She said that this type of financial program has been undertaken by West Virginia, the first state in the country to develop such a project.
Adding information about the program, Ellifritz said, “Mineral County is one of 18 state counties to be part of the program.”
Saying at the present several counties have the program up and running, she said, “Sixteen counties are ready to go live.”
Ellifritz also mentioned that in certain cases information such as Social Security numbers and account numbers will have to be removed before the program can go public.
When available and ready for public viewing, the website will be wvCheckbook.gov.
In other business, Roger Leatherman, commission president, said that for some time he has attempted to a hold a vehicle tire pickup for Mineral County, and “hopefully one will be scheduled later this year.”
He did announce that upcoming tire pickup will be held this Saturday, June 15, at Wilson’s Trucking in Moorefield, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Leatherman said that in areas of the county, he has observed “hundreds of tires thrown out by the roadways, and this is getting to be a problem,” adding that a tire pickup is greatly needed for Mineral County.