SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- To the average West Virginian headed up Interstate 77, the location of Sissonville seems apparent. Take Exit 114.
The U.S. Postal Service list its Post Office there neatly at 25312-9997.
Some local officials, though, are seeking a little more precision.
What is considered Sissonville? What is considered Greater Sissonville?
It depends on whom you ask.
The Greater Sissonville Development Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the Sissonville community and surrounding areas, tried to answer those questions at its meeting Monday night.
"If we're going to provide any kind of services, we ought to know in general where we're going," Secretary Tom Crouser said.
After reviewing several possible definitions of "Greater Sissonville," the council chose the borders of West Virginia's 39th House District.
The district includes nearly all of the northwestern part of Kanawha County and touches Roane, Jackson and Putnam counties. To the south, it borders Dunbar and Charleston and includes Yeager Airport, Mink Shoals and part of Cross Lanes.
The council felt the 39th District was the most comprehensive and inclusive political area to define Greater Sissonville, when compared against fire department maps, tax districts, magisterial districts and feeder schools.
Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, represents the district and was present at the meeting.
To be sure, the council's definition of Greater Sissonville carries no political weight, but applies only to the group, giving it a defined area in which to focus its efforts. While Sissonville is in the council's official name, it also serves areas around Sissonville as well.
Part of the issue with defining Sissonville is that the area isn't incorporated, thus making Sissonville's boundaries fluid. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau provides the only governmental definition of Sissonville itself.
To the Census Bureau, Sissonville is a "census designated place (CDP)," meaning that it is enough of a community to be defined for statistical purposes. The Sissonville CDP is made of two Census tracts, which are split by I-77.
To the east of the interstate, "Sissonville" extends from Poca River Road near the Jackson County line to Legg Fork Road in the south. The eastern boundary roughly runs along Rocky Hollow Road and Coolbrook Drive.