Last updated: June 12. 2014 8:17PM - 797 Views
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POINT PLEASANT — The latest incarnation of the floodplain in Mason County has been a headache for some and confusing for many, but the Mason County Commission hopes to alleviate at least some of that confusion with an upcoming public meeting.

The commission is planning an informal meeting about the new floodplain and its regulations at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 26, in the county commission room. The meeting was discussed at Thursday’s regular commission meeting with Commissioners Miles Epling, Tracy Doolittle and County Administrator John Gerlach in attendance.

The commission is urging residents, bankers, builders, mobile home dealers, insurance representatives, utility company representatives and more to attend. A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representative will also be on hand for the discussion.

The county has to begin enforcing the new floodplain regulations or it could lose federal funding. The new floodplain has been confusing for some because the new maps published under FEMA guidelines include properties that were never included in the floodway before now. This has affected flood insurance premiums and changed the requirements for many years to come.

In other business:

Commissioners voted to enter into an agreement to provide housing for the Bauer Museum being placed at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, which is on county property. The Bauer Museum is grant funded and will feature a collection from the estate of the late Chris Bauer.

Gerlach reported the county had $8,250 left over from a roofing job at the Mason County Fairgrounds. The commission decided to allow that $8,250 to be placed into funding for the fair in the upcoming fiscal year.

Commissioners approved Jim Wilson as a new board member for the Mason County PSD.

Epling requested photos of former county commissioners which the commission wishes to hang in its office.

Gerlach reported the county received an estimate for a foam roof on the Hartford Community Center for $10,820. No action was taken on this estimate and commissioners asked Gerlach to look into getting some other estimates for hopefully less money.

Doolittle brought up concerns about the home confinement program, specifically about those enrolled not paying their fees to participate. Those on the program are charged $40 to enroll and then $50 a month to, in part, help fund the GPS tracking devices which monitor a person’s movements as opposed to being in jail which costs the county $48.50 a day to house an inmate.

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