By Peggy Mackenzie
During a very brief Greenbrier County Commission meeting on Tuesday evening, the commissioners voted to approve $17,000 of “found” funds to the Greenbrier County Committee on Aging. The motion was made by Commissioner Lowell Rose, who was instrumental in finding part of the funds for the nonprofit entity by reaching a favorable negotiation agreement with the state auditors in their review of the county’s 2013-2014 tax year. The remainder of the “windfall” resulted from unclaimed grant funds received from the state treasurer’s office.
The commissioners agreed the Committee on Aging is dealing with extraordinary financial circumstances. “We wish it could be more,” stated Commissioner Woody Hanna.
In other business:
• Commission President Mike McClung stated the commission held several required Board of Equalization and Review meetings in which not a single property owner, out of the approximately 34,000 parcels in the county, came to complain about their property taxes with the commissioners.
• The annexation of the James Johnson property to the city of Ronceverte was approved. The Johnson acreage lies adjacent to the Ronceverte Elementary School.
• Commissioner Rose announced he has taken on a long-term project to develop a map of all the various water systems throughout the county, which will include upgrades and extensions from the western end. The eventual outcome is a county-wide water system grid.