WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission held a regular meeting on Monday June, 27 and passed decisions concerning a number of agenda items.
During the meeting, a motion was approved to authorize Commission President John Mark Hubbard to sign the final draw down and performance report for the Ben Creek Water Project.
A motion was made to renew Richard Belcher’s term for the Solid Waste Authority Board. Commissioner Diann Hannah made a motion to renew Belcher’s term for an additional four years. “He has a passion,” Commissioner Smith stated. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith and was passed.
The first reading of the Mingo County Flood Plain Ordinance was also approved at Monday’s meeting. Amanda Starr, Interim Director, was in attendance of the meeting and explained that little had changed concerning the Flood Plain Ordinance other than guidelines concerning outbuildings placed within the flood plain. “It is going to be the same as what we already had. We were already in compliance. We just updated what we had last year and done an amendment. The only thing new on this ordinance is the new outbuildings that everybody is buying and just placing beside the creek banks. If they are placing them in a flood plain, they need to get a permit stating that they will be anchored down so that they don’t float away, collapse or get hung up on a bridge and cause damage to someone’s property or their life. That is the only change with this new ordinance,” Starr stated. A copy of the flood plain ordinance is available at the County Commission Office and the Flood Plain Office located at the Mingo County Courthouse.
The commission also discussed Laurel Lake and approved an agreement and invoice. Commissioner Smith stated, “There are two agreements in regards to Laurel Lake. One is the letter from Cotiga Development that had been drafted by Cotiga to the director of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). We had already executed that sublease agreement regarding to the Cotiga property which was approximately 75 acres. We already signed that… This first is a letter from May 31 that Cotiga has asked everyone to sign further acknowledging that we all have agreed to that sublease agreement. I move that we authorize the president to sign the original letter…”
Smith continued discussing agreements associated with Laurel Lake. “This second is a license agreement. As the commission knows, this would be between the state and the Department of Commerce Division of Natural Resources. This is for the property that the state owns that we would be taking possession of. They refer to it in the map as approximately 14.9 acres. This is saying that we would have possession of that, be responsible for the utilities and wouldn’t make any claims against the state. They are going to make the onetime payment of $150,000 upfront for our operation costs. I would move that we authorize the president to sign that license agreement.” The motion was seconded and passed. Hannah stated.
The commission went into executive session later in the meeting to discuss personnel being hired for seasonal employment for the opening of the Laurel Lake swimming pool. The commission hired Jason Gilman and James White to open the pool. Each will receive $500 for their work opening the swimming pool. Part-time seasonal lifeguards were hired at $8.75 per hour with no benefits. The lifeguards hired include: Josh Cassell, Nicolas Clark, Lauren Ferris, Jared Chapman, and Cameron Colegrove.
Ben Hannah was hired as seasonal supervisor and pool operator at $10 an hour with no benefits.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)