Mayor announces address changes at Chamber meeting


BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at 395 Mud Lick Road. The meeting consisted of lunch and various reports from collaborative organizations and committees.

City of Buckhannon Mayor Robbie Skinner made an announcement regarding the new requirement for those who live within Buckhannon City limits will now have to have their addresses changed per notification from the Postmaster to the City of Buckhannon. Mayor Skinner said, “Not to be the bearer of some not very good news but if you live inside Buckhannon City limits, we have been told by the Postmaster that addresses are going to have to change. So essentially, the City of Buckhannon is going to have to adopt the 911 addressing that the county had to back in 2010.”

Mayor Skinner continued, “Basically everybody’s address is going to have to change. We will be talking a lot more about that in the coming weeks and months. We don’t know how much time we have. The reason being is that the post-office has a whole new system and it does not recognize halves, A’s, B’s, any of that stuff. So, if we don’t do this, nobody is going to get their mail. The federal government has handed it down to the states over the years and states have then implemented the 911 addressing, which is assigning a new address every 10.56 feet a new address. That way, when you hit 1000 out in the country, that means you have driven a mile on that particular road. This is going to now take place inside corporate limits. There will be North Pocahontas and South Pocahontas and North Fayette and South Fayette for example.

“This is not going to be a lot of fun. We are not doing this because we want to. We are doing this because we are being forced to. We want to do it right. So, if you hear any chatter in the coming weeks and months about it, please know that City Hall, City of Buckhannon we feel your pain. The goal is to make this as easy and as streamlined as possible and to make it make sense. City Council will be working very hard to make this transition smooth. Just a heads up, this does not affect you if you do not live in corporate limits. However, if you live in corporate limits or own a business in corporate limits, or if you own property in corporate limits, this is coming and it is probably going to happen before the close 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 take care of the grass as the street department is already overwhelmed with their projects and duties. Sanders said, “My feeling is the way you keep your lawns reflects how you care for your home. Every piece of property that the City of Buckhannon owns is our lawn. We want people to be happy and visitors to know we are a pristine community. At the same time, help us spread the message to keep grass clippings off the roads and away from our storm drains. If you have anything that needs addressed, just let us know at City Hall.”

County Commission announcements were made by County Administrator Tabatha Perry. Perry said, “Our office is now at full capacity again as we welcomed Assistant County Administrator Cindy Hughes. Sam Nolte wanted me to let you know he was very excited about the Young Eagles event that took place at the Airport Authority over the weekend. It had a really good turn out with over 100 kids and offered 15 minutes 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 Director Jeremiah McCourt.

Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations and 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 worked previously at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Brad Hawkins from the Buckhannon Street Department also provided those in attendance a tour of the facility located at 395 Mud Lick Road. Hawkins also commented on projects that have been completed and projects that are upcoming.

The Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce will meet again July 6 at noon and location is to be determined.

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