Commission looking at address issue

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT — Having the correct address is important in regards to not only the mail, but real estate deals in Mason County.

Last week, Beckie Lambert, from ERA Town and Country Real Estate, and Realtor Angie Cline Zimmerman approached the Mason County Commission about issues they’ve had with finding documentation of address changes. Some addresses and roads were changed in Mason County for 911 identification a few years ago, but finding documentation on those changes has not been easy and can affect real estate deals when it comes to lending institutions. These lending institutions, some of whom are out of the area, need documentation that a home (for example) that was previously listed on Pine Drive is now identified as being on Joy Lane.

Mason County Commissioners Tracy Doolittle, Rick Handley and Miles Epling, along with County Administrator John Gerlach, said they would speak with the Mason County Assessor’s Office about developing a cross reference for specific addresses that have been affected. This cross reference would allow for easy verification and therefore not slow down the lending process in terms of local real estate deals.

In other commission business:

Commissioners heard from representatives from Haynes Wrecker and Recovery Services of Evans which is attempting to establish a second location, this one in Mason County. The service has been in business in Evans since 1996.

Commissioners approved the hiring of Richard Hysell as a part-time employee at Mason County 911. Commissioners also approved the hiring of Jeremy A. Ferrell to fill a vacant deputy’s position in the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.

Commissioners accepted the resignation of Ruth Dunham from the 911 Advisory Board and Mason County Ambulance Authority Board.

Commissioners appointed Jessica Bailey to the Mason County Board of Health, after accepting the resignation of Winona McKinney. Commissioner’s thanked McKinney for her service.

Commissioner’s approved giving the state a right-of-way for water run off on the corner of the county’s 4-H camp for $2,050 in regards to the U.S. 35 project. This is only for the right-of-way, with the county still owning the property. Gerlach said it will not affect the 4-H camp with Doolittle saying the $2,050 will go toward the 4-H dining hall fund.

Doolittle remarked on the generosity of several Mason County residents who had assisted in the flood relief efforts, with all commissioners recognizing these efforts.

County Clerk Diana Cromley spoke about the West Virginia Association of Counties which has established a fund for relief efforts as well to help those county officials, employees and their immediate families impacted by the floods in areas hit the hardest in the flood zone. The WVACO has established this fund which is accepting checks made out to WVACO with “Flood Relief Fund” written in the memo, mailed to WVACO, 2026 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, WV 25311.

Beth Sergent

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