FEMA Funds And Projects, Officer Promotion Discussed By Alderson City Council

By Bobby Bordelon

An over $1.2 million discrepancy in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds was one of many topics during the Thursday, February 14, Alderson City Council meeting.

The meeting began with the annual reports from Police Chief Jeremy Bennett, Fire and EMS Chief Frankie Jones, Wastewater Treatment Chief Operator Bob Rhodes, and Water Treatment Chief Operator Donnie Steep, each receiving praise for their efforts and infrastructure from Alderson Mayor Travis Copenhaver.

Read more in the Monday, February 18, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

House Passes Version Of Education Bill

By Bobby Bordelon and Leah Tuckwiller

The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a heavily altered version of Senate Bill 451, the controversial omnibus education bill.

Joining the 71 yeas in the house were both District 42 delegates, Jeff Campbell and Cindy Lavender-Bowe, a wide margin over the 29 nays.

Read more in the Friday, February 15, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Board Of Education Hears Students, State Board, Committee Updates

By Leah Tuckwiller

The Greenbrier County Board of Education met on Tuesday, February 12, at the county board offices to applaud students, hear from a member of the West Virginia Board of Education, and vote on regular business.

The first student before the board for recognition was Marcus Adkins, a seventh grade student at Western Greenbrier Middle School who received first place in the Patriot's Pen Essay Competition.

Read more in the Thursday, February 14, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

County Commission Takes Stand On TIF Project List, Sporting Club Pushes Back

By Bobby Bordelon

Several infrastructure and economical development projects, worth millions of dollars, have been at the heart of ongoing lobbying to the Greenbrier County Commission during its last several meetings.

A Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Project Plan is a method of subsidizing county infrastructure, economic, and community improvement projects by redirecting taxes paid to the state government, and allowing them to stay inside of a specified district from which they were paid. A previous TIF will soon expire, leaving potential money from a renewal on the table for county infrastructure, as Greenbrier County Commission President Lowell Rose plans, or for the continued development of The Greenbrier Sporting Club, the source of much of the increased tax base, as argued by Larry Klein, vice president of The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

Read more in the Thursday, February 14, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

White Sulphur Springs City Council Holds February Meeting

By Leah Tuckwiller

The White Sulphur Springs City Council held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 11.

After quick roll call and approval of minutes and financial statements, city employee Frances Newsome took the floor for public comment.

Read more in the Wednesday, February 13, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier County Commission Hears Public Comment On TIF

By Bobby Bordelon

A packed Greenbrier County Courthouse saw the County Commission address new business and take comment on a returning issue.

The reemerging issue was addressed through the public comment section; the White Sulphur Springs Tax Increment Financing Project Plan (TIF). TIF is a method of subsidizing county infrastructure, economic, and community improvement projects by redirecting taxes paid to the state government, and allowing them to stay inside of a specified district from which they were paid. Previously, the County Commission approved a TIF in order to fund the repair and reconfiguration of a wastewater treatment facility in White Sulphur Springs. This TIF will soon expire, leading to discussion about its renewal and the projects it could fund.

Read more in the Wednesday, February 13, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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