County to help fund tower construction

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission has allotted $31,000 in matching funds to assist in the construction of a new communication tower.

Commission President Mike Taylor explained the new tower will help first responders have better communication in rural parts of the county.

“That is for another tower. When I say another tower this is not the Rich Mountain Tower,” Taylor said. “This is for another one. It is going on one of the mountain tops which will link Rich Mountain to that mountain top, then on to the new 911 center, but it will also expand coverage to a greater percentage of the county for first responders.”

Taylor explained the $31,000 is merely a match because the tower is being donated to the county.

“That is a match because somebody is donating the tower to us and that is what it’s costing for us to get all the paperwork and environmental work done,” he said.

In other business:

• Commissioners unanimously approved the re-appointment of Jeff Pritt, Lester Pritt and Taylor to the Randolph County Fire Board. The term for each will run for one year, beginning July 1.

• Commissioners unanimously approved signing a waiver of a revisionary clause for the Emerson Phares Building for the proposed 911 call center.