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Pocahontas Co. Commission Seeking to Recruit County Building Commissioners

At the May 15th very short Regular Pocahontas County Commission Meeting, the Commission’s Counsel, Bob Martin, informed the Commissioners that they needed to fully staff the County Building Commission as required by State Statute. The Building Commission should have three Building Commissioners serving on it. No more then two of these can be from the same political party. Currently there is only one building Commissioner whose term ends June 30th and who has expressed no interest in another term, according to Martin. The positions will shortly be advertised and the Commissioners hope to have enough candidates to make appointments at the next Commission meeting.

Also, in his report to the Commissioners, Bob Martin said that he has been working with the Snowshoe Resort Area District’s Board to assist them in writing bylaws for the Board. He will ensure that the promises made to the property owners prior to the passage of the RAD are incorporated in the bylaws, these include things such as the promise by Snowshoe Mountain Resort to give up one of it’s positions on the RAD Board so that an extra Board member elected by the property owners is seated on the Board. That extra property owner Board position will be held by the 4th highest vote getter in the Board Elections and by placing this in the bylaws, that will become a permanent elected Board Position . Martin said that the RAD Board also needs to have a full-time Resort Area District Manager to hire and manage needed employees which can also be included in the bylaws.

In other actions at this meeting, the Commissioners appointed Jennifer Rose to the Farmland Protection Board to fill the unexpired term of Kristin Kinnison which expires on June 30, 2020.

They also approved an In-House Budget Revision and Resolution to enable the One Room University to move $450.00 from its printer budget to its supplies budget.

The Commissioners also approved renewing the WV Counties Risk Pool Insurance policy for the 2018-2919 Fiscal Year. The annual premium for the policy is $126,697.00. It is a comprehensive policy covering things such as liability, bodily injury, employer’s liability and workers comp.

The Commissioners ended the meeting with the approval of invoices.

Story By

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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