Thursday, March 27, 2014


27 March 2014, Vol.1, No.24 > EIGHTH ORDER OF BUSINESS - COUNTY LAND!


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Currently there are a lot of various size parcels of county-owned-land that apparently have not been compiled into a single list so that any given Citizen could verify the status thereof in order to establish a proper accounting for the county’s wealth & development.  And at the rate that the so-called ‘Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation’ (GVEDC), a private-corporation that claims to be a ‘quasi-government agency’, has been looting Pocahontas County for its own ‘corporate-gain’ – there is no telling at the present time just how much WEALTH this county has lost to the GVEDC and to its cronies!

That’s the BAD NEWS but the GOOD NEWS is that if NORMAN LEE ALDERMAN (REP-SD) & PATTI HEINEMANN (DEM-ND) are elected in May & again in November – then at THE FIRST MEETING of the new COUNTY COMMISSION in JANUARY 2015the GVEDC will have to begin paying back every penny that they have stolen from this county as a matter of law & fact!

In the meantime, it’s now a known fact that within the last six-years that this county has had to suffer with David ‘chicken-little’ Fleming as a county commissioner (Dem-ND), he has groveled at the feet of the GVEDC for every free-meal that he has eaten as a member of their self-serving ‘board’!  And now the same can also be said about William ‘Billy-Bob’ Beard, Jr. as a county commissioner (Dem-SD), since he too is now on the GVEDC ‘board’ also bought with free-banquet meals & perks paid for by Pocahontas County money!  In fact, unverified 'hearsay-rumor' has it that at the last ‘free-banquet’ attended by both ‘Chicken-Little & Billy-Bob’, upon entering the dinning hall they were offered a meeting bulletin but turned it down telling the receptionist that they were ‘just there for the food’!

Rumor also has it that Fleming knows his betrayal of the Voters in Green Bank and the Northern District in particular, and the county in general, may very well see him ‘fired’ by the Voters and removed from the county commission – so ‘Chicken-Little’ is trying to get hired by the GVEDC, and if not by them, then at least by Snowshoe Mountain, Inc. for as long as Intrawest & Fortress can exist living-off a ‘RAD’, if & when, forced upon the backs of the mountain property-owners and workers!  So what’s next, a 20% or more ‘pay-cut’ from all employees except ‘management’?  We will all know soon enough since both Fleming & Beard can ‘review’ the RAD-proposal and call for a vote of all property-owners anytime after 17 May 2014!

That’s why a full-accounting is required to determine just how much county-owned-land has been transferred to GVEDC & its cronies, and how much is actually left!  A recent Citizen-Taxpayer lawsuit filed against the Pocahontas County Commission (PCC) challenged the ‘secret-transfer’ of three acres of public land in Green Bank held in Common from the PCC to the GVEDC and from the GVEDC to a private-for-profit corporation, owned by Jacob Meck, who now operates over seven-businesses on those same three-acres all using the same address and none paying any property-taxes!  The same lawsuit also challenged Meck’s request for nine-more acres so he could establish, in seasonal wetlands, six-open-pit ‘settling-ponds’ to store IN EACH POND upwards to 50,000 gallons of ‘raw-human-toxic-sewage’, plus establish 100,000 gallon storage tanks for a ‘tank farm’!  All toll about 1.5 MILLION GALLONS of Snowshoe & Silver Creek ‘sewage’ would be stored across the road from the Green Bank Senior Citizens Center, a new Medical facility, and a proposed new restaurant!  The Idea for establishing the ‘Sewage-Pits’ originated & was endorsed by both the GVEDC & the county Chamber of Commerce! With nefarious ‘economic development’ such as this – who needs anymore enemies stealing land & money from Pocahontas County? 

And the real irony is that the Chamber of Commerce is supposed to support ‘TOURISM’ that is supposed to ‘enrich’ us all, right!  Well perhaps member Kenneth ‘Buster’ Varner, who is rumored to own more businesses in Durbin than all other businesses combined, plus is the titular Agent of the ‘Latino Immigrant Reservation’, similar to an ‘Indian Reservation Agent’, for Buster’s close association & work in housing & transporting Latino workers to both Snowshoe & Silver Creek, and to Intrastate Lumber, etc. – perhaps THAT is what is meant by ‘creating jobs’ here in Pocahontas County!  Bring in foreigners and leave locals JOBLESS!  And this is the same ‘Buster’ that sat on his hands as a member of the county solid waste authority while his neighbors were being sued by a collections-agency hired by Ed Riley, also of the solid waste authority!

Yet according to the exhibits filed in the recent Citizen-Taxpayer lawsuit, when all is said & done, the GVEDC will have sucked in excess of $1.5 Million from this county in the form of an ‘annual membership fee’, combined rental income for all county-land under their control already, ‘maintenance fees’ under GVEDC control, and ‘grants for feasibility studies’, etc.!  IF the GVEDC has its way, it will do the same to Marlinton that is has done in Frank, Green Bank, Edray and elsewhere so far!  Gain control – charge rent – and take the funds to Greenbrier County to hold their parties & wine & dine the likes of ‘Chicken-Little & Billy-Bob’.  And we all know who the ‘bagmen’ are by now, none other than banker Phillip Cain & his sidekick Joel Callison of the ‘Dean/Callison Gang’!  Since these two have been at it for over 25 years so far – they are the real titular heads of the ‘Poverty Preservation Society’ for everyone else but themselves!

However, ‘JUDGMENT DAY COMETH’ – the state law requires the GVEDC to pay all those taxes – so having NORMAN LEE ALDERMAN (Rep-SD) & PATTI HEINEMANN (Dem-ND) elected in May & again in November should create quite an historical event at the first meeting of the new county commission in January 2015! 

Let’s make the first meeting a ‘Day of Celebration’ as a local Honest Government is restored!  Consider this:

  Who wouldn’t like to see Phil Cain & Joel Callison &
      other members answer questions regarding the
      GVEDC and its theft of county-land & funds?

   Who wouldn’t like to see Ed Riley & other members
       answer questions regarding the county solid waste
       authority and its illegal lawsuits & Abstract of
       Judgment Liens? 

   Who wouldn’t like to see Reta Griffith, as General
       Manager of Frontier Communications, answer
       questions as to why Frontier has a monopoly in this
       county, its egregious overcharging, & poor service?

    Who wouldn’t like to see top officials of Snowshoe
        answer questions regarding their request for the
        designation of a RAD – and the real reasons
        behind it?    …and…

    Who wouldn’t like to see top federal officials
        answer questions regarding their real reasons to
        establish a new federal park here in this county
        called, ‘The Birthplace of Rivers National

Image just what a Moral, Honest & Righteous county commission can do to STOP ‘THE POVERTY PRESERVATION SOCIETY’ in this county and appoint a new Pocahontas County Economic Development Authority (PCDA) as authorized by State Law – staffed with honest Folks! 

THIS TIME…there’s no excuse…

Just say ‘NO’ to those who want to keep this county in Poverty & Pauperism
– and –
Just SAY ‘YES’ to real Progress & Prosperity for the future!

On Primary Day – YOU have a chance to elect two persons that will always put YOU first!  They know that:


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  IF YOU are registered to vote as a Republican, you can
       Vote for Norman Lee Alderman in the Primary Election
       on 13 May 2014;
  IF YOU are registered to vote as a Democrat, you can
      Vote for Patti Heinemann in the primary election on
      13 May 2014;
  If you are not registered to vote, then you must register
      to vote on or before 22 April 2014;
  If you are registered to vote, but with no party
      affiliation, then you must request Loud & Clear either
      a Republican or Democrat ballot on Primary Day when
      you go to the polls;  &
  Since Norman is unopposed, he recommends that you 
      request a Democrat ballot to vote for Patti so that this 
      county can again have an Honest & Just county 
   Early Voting is from 30 April 2014 to 10 May 2014 – so
       Vote Early & avoid the rush!

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