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Mon County clerk in search of early voting location to replace alumni center

MORGANTOWN — Monongalia County Clerk Carye Blaney said voters may have one less early voting option in November unless a suitable replacement for WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center can be identified.
Blaney explained that the alumni center, one of four early voting locations used ahead of May’s primary election, won’t be available in the run-up to November’s general election due to activities surrounding football season.
Early voting begins Oct. 24.
The three other early voting locations — Mountaineer Mall, Mason-Dixon Historical Park, Westover Community Building — will remain unchanged.
“I am trying to find us a location. We formerly had a location for one election at Pierpont … I’m going to see if we can find a storefront there that we can go in,” Blaney said. “But there is a possibility that we may only be running three early voting sites for this general election.”
The alumni center will still be an Election Day polling site.
Blaney went on to say a handful of polling location changes implemented prior to the primary will still be in place in November, including:

  • Precinct 10 — WVU Erickson Alumni Center
  • Precincts 44, 48 — Granville Fire Station Bingo Hall, in Osage
  • Precinct 71 — Westover Community Building.

Two exceptions are Precincts 23 and 25, which were moved from St. Mary’s Church to the WVU Alumni Center for the primary due to church construction. Blaney said the precincts will be back in the church for the general election.
In other county news, Kelly Palmer, chief tax deputy for the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, said tax bills were mailed three weeks ago.
“If taxpayers have not received them, please call the tax office and we will resend those,” Palmer said. “We have bins of bills that have been returned to us for incorrect addresses.”
Taxpayers have until Sept. 1 to receive a discount on their tax bills.
The county tax office can be reached at 291-7244.

  • The county commission approved Requisition No. 7 in the amount of $20,000 to Adrian Enterprises for project management related to the Morgantown Industrial Park development district.
  • A funding request from the West Virginia Black Bears was approved in the amount of $5,000 for the upcoming Home Run and Hops Beer Festival at the Monongalia County Ballpark.
  • The county uses $25,000 from WVU’s land lease payments for the facility in an account to fund community events at the ballpark.
  • The county has openings on the following boards: Board of Zoning Appeals for the West Run Planning District, Mon County Planning Commission, River Road Public Service District, Mon County Development Authority and Mon County Building Commission.

Contact the commission office at 291-7257 for more information.