<h1>The Tuesday night Greenbrier County Commission meeting agenda was deceptively brief, lasting about 10 minutes, in which the only news-worthy item was the Mar. 22 deadline for GCC\u2019s Arts and Rec grant applicants to deliver their funding requests to the County Commissioners\u2019 office at the courthouse no later than 4:30 p.m.<\/h1>\r\nBut to the attending audience of about 35 people, the meeting had just begun.\r\n\r\nThis was the fourth commission meeting in a row in which the topic of White Sulphur\u2019s TIF District #1 has dominated the commission, beginning with the Jan. 8 meeting when the commissioners agreed that the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds for projects proposed on the Greenbrier\/Sporting Club grounds were not an appropriate use of public funds. In the words of Commissioner Mike McClung, stated at one of the earlier meetings, \u201cIt seems like a blatant conflict of interest.\u201d At that meeting, the commission opted to not vote or authorize to send a letter to the Ethics Commission for a ruling on The Greenbrier and Sporting Club\u2019s request for a contract exemption.\r\n\r\nSeveral Sporting Club residents and service contractors in the audience spoke to the investments and developments made by the Sporting Club since the 2016 flooding of White Sulphur Springs. They asked that the commission keep its promise to meet with officials from both the Spa City and The Greenbrier in order to come to a workable solution to the impasse.\r\n\r\n\u201cI want to be frank about a topic not addressed tonight,\u201d Commissioner Tammy Tincher stated, expounding the commission\u2019s stance in the dispute. \u201cI have no issue with the projects at the Sporting Club,\u201d she said. \u201cI don\u2019t discount any of them. The issue is, the governor is the owner of [The Greenbrier and the Sporting Club] and he will directly benefit with the improvements proposed.\u201d Tincher said she was not sure that sending the letter to the West Virginia Ethics Commission, a body of nine members appointed by the governor with approval of the Senate, \u201cis the ethical thing to do.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cI appreciate the conversations I\u2019ve had with some of you here and for the time you\u2019ve put in to provide us with information,\u201d but, she stated, finally, \u201cMy decision is to not send the letter to the Commission.\u201d\r\n\r\nCommissioner Lowell Rose concurred, saying it would be the \u201ceasy-out\u201d to send the letter and have \u201cthe responsibility [for what the resultant decision would be] off our backs. But we have to go by what we think is right.\u201d\r\n\r\nRose reiterated his stance that the county will do all it can for the city of WSS. \u201cIf we do the TIF and include only two projects for WSS, then the Sporting Club\u2019s projects will tie up the remaining funds\u201d for the 15-year extension of the TIF, which is expected to yield a total of $15 million. \u201cWe will then have no funding for other projects.\u201d Other than the TIF, he said, \u201cWe don\u2019t have any major funding mechanism. It\u2019s just that we have a difference of ideas for priorities [than those espoused by Greenbrier representatives] to hone in on and help.\u201d\r\n\r\nRose said the possible removal of the ski resort project from the White Sulphur TIF District #1 could be an opportunity to make a separate TIF District, which could generate revenue to be used to develop the ski resort. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot that can be done [for the Sporting Club] that won\u2019t take away from WSS,\u201d but until a vote is taken to send the TIF in, \u201cnothing is written in stone,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nRose said he will continue to go through the project selection process to renew the TIF over its 15 year life and will formally write to officials at The Greenbrier and the Spa City, but essentially, the commission will lockout anything beyond the items for the improvement of White Sulphur infrastructure.