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June 25, 2014

Hampshire County leaders appoint board members, discuss zoning, courthouse repairs

ROMNEY, W.Va. — The Hampshire County commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday appointed a number of individuals to serve on boards beginning July 1, discussed Citizens Appreciation Day and answered questions about zoning.

One resident spoke to the commissioners about zoning.

“Do you have a plan to put zoning on the (November) ballot?” said Terry Craver.

Craver said he was concerned because of recent articles written by code and compliance officer Charlie Baker regarding zoning.

“Look at Loudoun County (Va.) and see what happened to the farmers down there. You can see how zoning can squeeze the farmer/landowners out,” Craver said.

“There is no plan to put zoning on the ballot,” Commissioner Dave Parker said.

Parker said that Baker put an article in the paper due to the lack of attendance at zoning meetings.

“No one attended those meetings. We wanted to make sure the word got out,” Parker said.

“Zoning is not going to be the cure because things that have been happening would be grandfathered in. And that is if zoning would ever happen.”

Judy Hott was reappointed to the Hampshire County Board of Health to serve five years and Don Peters was reappointed to the county building commission.

Two members, Sandra Hunt and Ken Hopkins, were reappointed to the Hampshire County Planning Commission.

Bob Cheves was reappointed to the Hampshire County Development Authority board and Brenda Hiett was reappointed to the Hampshire County Historic Landmarks Commission.

The commission reappointed Brian Judy and Joe Pancione to four-year terms on the Central Hampshire Public Service District.

Dave Coyl and Richard Gray were reappointed to the Farmland Protection Board and Greg Rinker, Sue Davis and Jeff Pancione were reappointed to three-year terms on the Park and Recreation board.

The commissioners chose the tentative date of Nov. 14 to celebrate the fourth annual Citizens Appreciation Day.

“This date gives us a chance to think about recipients and plan for special guests,” commission president Steve Slonaker said.

For the past four years the commissioners have personally funded this event.

Public input for recipients is welcome. Call 304-822-5112 and ask for Eric Strite.

“We generally look at folks who have been here a long time or have contributed considerably to the community,” Slonaker said.

Of course, Slonaker said, they would welcome dedicated young people as well.

The commissioners approved paying the current monthly jail bill of $52,785, which was $5,000 more than the last month’s billing.

Slonaker and Parker met with Patty Davis, Joe Millicent and Donald Peters, members of the county building commission, to discuss how to go about repairing the leaking roof that is damaging the courtroom, how best to get the work done and reapplying for a facilities improvement grant.

The group decided to consult with its architect.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for July 15 at 9 a.m. at the courthouse.

Contact Marla Pisciotta at marlapisciotta@frontier.com.

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