WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission approved the transfer of the location of the 911 Mapping Department at Tuesday’s regular commission meeting.
The 911 Mapping Department was located at the Mingo County 911 center at the airport above Williamson.
Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith stated that in an effort to make the department more accessible to the public, the department is being relocated from the 911 center to the courthouse.
Mingo County Mapping Coordinator, Beth Cisco, will now be housed in the same office as the Flood Plain Coordinator, Amanda Starr.
Commissioner Smith stated that Starr has experience with mapping as well and will be able to assist Cisco in the mapping.
The transfer will be effective immediately. The new mapping location will be open to the public by Monday, Sept. 21. Amanda Starr will also be able to issue addresses if Cisco is absent.
Remapping and addressing is a statewide project that has taken the state years to complete. Efforts to map and address the county according to 911 and United States Postal requirements began in 1999.
The remapping effort has faced numerous challenges. County Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith said that efforts to complete the project have been unsuccessful in various attempts made by both state and local governments due to the mountainous geography of rural Mingo County.
Lorene Vance, Mingo County 911 Director, explained one issue 911 faced was fixing pre existing problems caused by previous efforts. “The County Commission gave us control in November. We have made a lot of progress since then,” Vance said.
“Another problem has been that a lot of people in this area currently share mailboxes. That has made it harder to provide addresses for every house,” Cisco explained.
When complete, Cisco feels that the result will be worth the effort it has taken to complete this project. “It will be great when it is finished. When someone calls 911, we will be able to see an actual photo of the house. The addresses are going to work out well,” Cisco said.
Additional information on 911 mapping and addressing can be found at www.dhsem.wv.gov.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)