Any New R.A. D. Petition Opposed by Citizen at Pocahontas Commission Meeting

During the “Hear Callers” – or public input – portion of the Pocahontas County Commission’s regular meeting on October 18th, Sam Gibson appeared and urged the Commissioners to oppose any new Resort Area District or R.A.D. petition which might be brought forth by Snowshoe Mountain Resort.  At their September 20th meeting, the resort’s CEO, Frank DeBerry came before the Commissioners and announced that the Resort was considering submitting a new R.A.D. petition. The last petition had been voted down by the Commissioners in July of 2015. DeBerry wanted the Commissioners to have one commissioner in on the initial designing of the new petition so as to avoid including any parts of the last petition that had caused the Commissioners to vote it down. The Commissioners agreed to rotate a member to these meetings for observational and consultative purposes only.   Gibson had obviously been concerned with this and felt the need to express himself to the Commission in opposition to a R.A.D.

Mike Duffy, a resident of the Dunmore area also took advantage of his right to express himself to the Commission during the Hear Callers portion of the meeting. Duffy was concerned about the way a property owner in the Wiseman Community was keeping his property. Duffy mentioned old trailers being on the property, a pool of dark stagnant water, trash, uncared for chickens kept in a coop and pigs in the same state. He also mentioned dogs left tied up on the property. The Commissioners reminded Duffy that since there is no zoning laws in Pocahontas County, he would have to make his complaints to other agencies such as the Health Department.

In other actions, the Commissioners were to open sealed bids for a heating oil contract for the Courthouse offices and the jail and award the winning bid. Sounded like a good plan! But no bids had been received, so the Commissioners went back to the drawing board and ordered the contract to be re-advertised.

Glen Galloway of the Pocahontas County Day Report Center delivered his monthly update to the Commission.

Pocahontas County Clerk Melissa Bennett appeared before the Commissioners to ask that they approve a resolution in support of the Clerk’s Office application for a West Virginia County Record’s Management and Preservation Grant valued at $22,875. The money would be used to scan, index and store flat records. The commissioners passed the resolution of support as requested.

They passed a budget revision and resolution in the amount of $1000.00 to account for the money received from the recent sale of tow surplus law enforcement vehicles.

The meeting agenda had included a discussion and possible action on the posting and advertising of the position of Pocahontas County Water Resources Coordinator which had recently become vacant due to the resignation of Grazia Apolinares. There was a discussion with two members of the Water Resources Task force Board, Beth Little and Margaret Worth. Following that discussion, it was decided to have that board develop a new job description for the Coordinator’s job, and the matter would be then taken up for posting during a later Commission meeting.

The meeting ended with approval of minutes.

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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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