The Delta Record | Mayor announces address changes at House meeting
BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting on Wednesday June 8 at 395 Mud Lick Road. The meeting consisted of lunch and various reports from collaborative organizations and committees.
Buckhannon Town Mayor Robbie Skinner has made an announcement regarding the new requirement for those living within Buckhannon Town limits will now need to have their address changed by notification from the Postmaster at Buckhannon Town. Mayor Skinner said: ‘I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but if you live within the town limits of Buckhannon the postmaster has told us the addresses are going to have to change. So essentially the town of Buckhannon is going to have to adopt the 911 addressing that the county had to adopt in 2010.”
Mayor Skinner continued, “Basically everyone’s address is going to have to change. We’ll talk a lot more about it in the weeks and months to come. We don’t know how long we have. The reason is that the post office has a brand new system and it doesn’t recognize halves, A’s, B’s, none of that. So if we don’t, no one will get their mail. The federal government passed it to the states over the years and then the states implemented 911 addressing, which assigns a new address every 10.56 feet to a new address. That way when you hit 1000 in the country, that means you’ve traveled a mile on that particular road. This will now take place within company boundaries. There will be North Pocahontas and South Pocahontas and North Fayette and South Fayette for example.
“It’s not going to be very fun. We don’t do this because we want to. We do it because we have to. We want to do things right. So if you hear chatter in the weeks and months to come about this, know that City Hall, City of Buckhannon, we feel your pain. The goal is to make this as simple and simple as possible and to give it meaning. City Council will work very hard to make this transition a smooth one. Just a warning, it doesn’t affect you if you don’t live within company boundaries. However, if you live within company boundaries or own a business within company boundaries, or own property within company boundaries, it is happening and will likely happen before the end of 2022. said Mayor Skinner.
Other announcements included one from Buckhannon City Recorder Randy Sanders. Sanders noted that the city has employed a commercial company to tend to the grass because the street department is already overwhelmed with projects and tasks. Sanders said, “My feeling is that how you maintain your lawns mirrors how you take care of your home. Every property owned by the Town of Buckhannon is our lawn. We want people to be happy and visitors to know that we are a pristine community. At the same time, help us spread the message to keep grass clippings off the roads and out of our storm drains. If you have something to settle, let us know at the town hall.
The County Commission announcements were made by County Administrator Tabatha Perry. Perry said: “Our office is once again at full capacity as we welcomed Assistant County Administrator Cindy Hughes. Sam Nolte wanted me to let you know that he was very excited about the Young Eagles event that took place at the Airport Authority over the weekend. It had a very good turnout with over 100 children and offered 15 minute flights for eligible children and it was a free event. Perry also commented on the success of the pool opening with Upshur County Parks and Recreation Manager Jeremiah McCourt.
The vice president of marketing, public relations and the foundation at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lisa Wharton, introduced the new director of ancillary services and ambulatory clinics, Jennifer E. Dorazio. Dorazio is a Morgantown native and previously worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
Brad Hawkins of the Buckhannon Street Department also gave attendees a tour of the facility located at 395 Mud Lick Road. Hawkins also commented on projects that have been completed and upcoming projects.
The Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce will meet again on July 6 at noon and the venue is yet to be determined.