Currently, there are several districts that are multi-member, including Cabell, Kanawha, Putnam, Raleigh and Wyoming counties.
In a vote Wednesday, the House voted 61-39 against redistricting. The decision brought much disappointment to the Mason County Commissioners, who had hoped to join the county in one district, instead of divided into two, and secure the county’s own delegate representative, Commissioner Miles Epling said.
“We wanted to close districts one, two and three, but of course that’s not how they did it,” he said.
Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley also expressed disappointment over the issue.
“We were promised a delegate and we didn’t get it. I don’t feel like it was a promise fulfilled,” she said.
In other business:
• Rev. Lawson of the Mason County Ministerial Association addressed the commission about plans for a Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park to recognize and remember those who have fallen, as well as first responders. They would like to extend invitations to law enforcement and military personnel. The commissioners voted to donate $500 to support the Memorial Service.
• The commissioners commended all those who donate their time and effort to help make the Mason County Fair a success; this year marks the 50th anniversary of the fair.
• Commissioners took time to thank the local National Guard upon their return from Afghanistan. They will be marching in this afternoon’s fair parade.
• Commissioners approved the appointment of Richard Walker, CPA, to the Development Authority.
Finally, with county drug use reaching new levels, the commissioners discussed the possibility of working with two doctors to create a new drug rehab in the county.