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from Judy Mellor

By Staff | Apr 18, 2012

Dear Editor:

My name is Judy Tice Mellor. I would like to make a few comments concerning the article that was in the Tyler Star News, dated 4/11/2012, and titled “Companies Argue With Commission.”

Before I begin, I would like to state that I grew up in Tyler County, graduated from Tyler County High School in 1967, currently own and operate Middlebourne Manor, and pay taxes to the County of Tyler.

First of all, the brokers who attended the commissioner’s meeting did not argue with anyone. They were there representing the oil and gas companies currently working in the Tyler County Deed Room.

We understand the position of the Clerk, who is trying to accommodate the local patrons there in the County, and the oil and gas companies working there as well. I realize this is not an easy task, but I believe it is one that should be addressed in a proper manner.

These oil and gas companies are creating huge revenues to Tyler County. The contractors working there eat lunch in your restaurants, buy gas at the gas station, etc. The companies are paying huge bonus and rental payments to the residents of Tyler County located in our drilling areas. Not to mention the royalties they will receive from wells drilled. Our copy bills and recording fees are exorbitant.

We are there to do a job. We are working in a public deed room. We are trying to make constructive suggestions to help us do our job better, and to do it in such a way that will not disturb the offices or the people working in the courthouse.

The comment made by John Stender needs no comment made by me.

I have worked in many courthouses, and have been treated with nothing but respect by the people who run the deed room. They are happy to see the oil and gas companies move into their areas bringing that revenue with them to their county. They were helpful and accommodating in every way.

This article was misleading. It was meant to be a constructive meeting conducted by educated adults.

I do not understand people who would purposely try to slow down progression and the betterment of the community.

Maybe the citizens of Tyler County should take a better look at who they are electing to be their county officials. It may be time for a change.

Judy Mellor

Parkersburg, W.Va.