<strong>By Sarah Richardson<\/strong>\r\n\r\nAt the Tuesday Greenbrier County Commission meeting, tensions were high as a bid for mass grading at the SportsPlex site passed in a 2-1 vote. The bid, which totaled $1,060,117, will cover mass grading for 85 acres of the 140-acre site. Mass grading is the moving of earth and soils in order to create a solid base foundation for a building or structure. The original bid, submitted by Kanawha Stone, Inc. of Charleston, was $1,530,922, but was reduced after removing the costs of drainage work.\r\n\r\nSituated off of Brush Road, the SportsPlex is a county-planned project to create a park and recreation area located above the Greenbrier River Trail. Construction has been underway for over two years, and ultimately the end goal is for the site to host baseball, tennis, and basketball courts, along with walking trails, horseshoes, archery grounds, and more.\r\n\r\nCommissioner Tammy Shiflett-Tincher spoke out against the project as a whole, saying, \u201cI am not in support of the project, it\u2019s not a financially responsible move for the county to make.\u201d Nearly $1M has been spent already on the land and work on the site, and after the mass grading bid was approved, the total has risen to over $2M.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis bid includes only the mass grading and no storm drainage, which will ultimately have to be done,\u201d said Tincher. \u201cHow long will this 85-acres go with no drainage?\u201d She added, \u201cThere is no operating budget in hand, just a guesstimate of $200,000, but we don\u2019t know. This sportsplex is fashioned off of Allegheny County\u2019s, and it costs $500,000 per year to operate. Why are we trying to reinvent the wheel 30 miles away?\u201d\r\n\r\nCommissioner Mike McClung retorted, \u201cWhen we were given the land, purchased additional land, and put this project on the rails, it was understood that the current level of funding was not adequate.\u201d He went on to explain how it was the intention of the commission to raise the bed tax from its current 3 percent rate up to the maximum 6 percent rate. \u201cSeems to me that it was obvious once we decided to go forward with this that we had to increase the financing by doubling the bed tax,\u201d he added, \u201cThat doesn\u2019t seem to be the plan anymore. The commissioner is absolutely right, the current funding won\u2019t build the place.\u201d\r\n\r\nMcClung joined commission president Lowell Rose in voting in favor of the mass grading bid, with Tincher voting against.\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>\u2022 \u2022<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nIn other news, it was announced the White Sulphur Springs EMS will be taking over the area previously covered by the Anthony Creek and Neola Rescue center, which ceased operations on July 9 of this year. WSS EMS will now cover \u201call the way up to the Pocahontas County line.\u201d The commission approved a motion to allow the takeover of coverage area.\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>\u2022 \u2022<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nThe Day Report program will be gaining another case manager after grant funding came through to fund such a position. There were over 125 applicants for the job, and Paul Tincher was selected. The commission approved the new hire, clarifying that the county pays nothing. Also approved for Day Report was a $108,900 JRI grant contract and resolution which helps fund Day Report programs.\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>\u2022 \u2022<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nJoni Harrah, the fiduciary supervisor for the county, will be transferring to fill a vacancy in the sheriff\u2019s tax office. She has worked as fiduciary supervisor for over eight years, and the commission says they are sad to see her go.