MADISON — The Boone County Commission’s towing committee will meet with agencies around the county including fire, law enforcement and emergency care on July 30 regarding the creation of an updated towing policy.
Currently, five towing companies are approved by the West Virginia Public Service Commission to work in Boone County, with three of those approved by Boone County for county business via a policy drafted in 2017. The five PSC-approved companies are:
- Hawk’s Towing and Repair
- Breedlove Wrecker Service
- Big M Towing & Recovery
- Hannah’s Paint, Body & Towing
- Roger’s Wrecker Service
Based on the old county policy currently in place, Breedlove, Roger’s and Hawk’s are the current approved vendors for towing.
Boone County Emergency Management Agency/911 Director Michael Mahorn serves on the newly formed committee and stated that — at the owner’s or agency request — customers can make a choice for towing service.
The policy applies to county agencies like the sheriff’s office, but outside agencies like the West Virginia State Police and other civil authorities and municipal agencies can call whichever company they wish to tow a vehicle.
Mahorn added that the county policy relates primarily to the sheriff’s office or when the discretion is left up to the 911 center, which will then reference the policy for guidance in handling a specific situation.
The new towing committee for Boone County additionally consists of Commissioner Brett Kuhn and Boone County Administrator Pam White.
The committee seeks input from county agencies regarding guidelines that should be included in the new policy.
“We want these folks to have a seat at the table because we value their experience and their opinions,” Kuhn said last week. “We want our county agencies who deal with these issues in real time to chime in.”
Kuhn said that each company that looks to be approved must pass a check that includes the business-related background and history for each company. Kuhn added this would not be limited to the towing companies in question, but any business operated by the towing company officers registered with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.
“We will be taking a hard look at our business owners,” Kuhn added. “We want these businesses to treat our citizens with respect and represent us in a positive manner.”