Monday, April 14, 2014


14 April 2014, Vol.1, No.32 > Part V – Snowshoe-RAD – WHO’S KIDDING WHO?

‘When the Righteous succeed the people rejoice,
But when the bad govern, men groan!’ – Proverbs 29:2


While Snowshoe Mountain, Inc. (SMI), according to its Chief Operations Officer (COO) Frank DeBerry, will automatically control four (4) of the proposed seven (7) seats of the proposed ‘Public Corporation & Political Subdivision’ that will be permanently carved out & away from Pocahontas County – what was missing in the 03 April 2014 article in The Pocahontas Times weekly, was the fact that the THREE (3) SEATS DELEGATED TO ‘PROPERTY-HOMEOWNERS’ will be determined by ‘ACREAGE-OWNED’, not by the ‘Square-Foot’!  This and other misrepresentations have been reported here at The Pocahontas Crier, an independent Internet News Service beholden to none & living by no one’s leave!  See Part I to Part IV of our reporting at this website.

But here’s what the new law states:

“WVC§7-25-5. Petition for creation or expansion of resort area district; petition requirements.
     (a) The owners of at least sixty-one percent of the real property, determined by acreage, located within the boundaries of the resort area described in the petition, by metes and bounds or otherwise in a manner sufficient to describe the area, may petition a governing body to create or expand a resort area district.”

Usually a person doesn’t measure his condo, townhouse or apartment by ‘metes & bounds’, but by the ‘square-foot’  and as pointed out so far in Parts I, II, III & IV, Snowshoe Mountain, Inc. has control over 12,000-15,000 ACRES compared to the TOTAL of 115 Acres owned by the Homeowners & their Associations!  SO WHO’S KIDDING WHO?

As reported in Part III, figure it out for yourself, as follows:

Pursuant to ‘square measure’:
one (1) square foot = 144 square inches;
one (1) square yard = nine (9) square feet; and,
one (1) acre = 43,560 square feet!
one (1) square mile = 640 acres!

Since this new state law establishing a RAD requires ‘The owners of at least sixty-one percent of the real property, DETERMINED BY ACREAGE…’ who do you think will be the REAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SEVEN?

Let’s say, for example, there are around 25oo current ‘homeowners’ in total within the various ‘Homeowners Associations’ whereby each unit has an average size of 2000 square feet – that’s 2500 owners x 2000 sq ft = 5,000,000 square feet divided by 43,560 sq ft for one (1) acre = 114.7842 acres!  So the combined ‘homeowners’ control about 115 acres in total – while SMI controls an estimated 12,000 – 15,000 acres in total! 

And the same calculations can be used when determining any opposition!   Read this section of the new law:

“WVC§7-25-6. Notice to property owners before creation or expansion of resort area district; form of notice; affidavit of publication.
     (b) A resort area district may not be created by a governing body if, at the public meeting required by this section, written protest is filed by at least twenty-five percent of the owners of real property proposed to be included within the district. In the event of such a protest, the petition for the creation of the resort area district may not be resubmitted to the governing body for a period of at least one year from the date of the original submission.”

Therefore a strict reading would require the owner(s) of 3,000 – 3,750 ACRES to protest in ‘writing’ if they oppose being included in the proposed RAD!  Gee-whiz, anyone care to wonder how many ‘Homeowners’ or ‘Homeowner Associations’ own that much ACREAGE!  And according to SMI, of those who ‘own property’ within the proposed RAD, 48% already approve, 2% oppose, and 50% are undecided!  Opps, if all 2500 ‘homeowners’ opposed the RAD, that would amount to less than 1% of the total BY ACREAGE!

Now, let’s look at just the highlights of the actual & proposed revenue generation:

              Now, by Deed, each ‘homeowner’ pays 1.5% of
              ‘assessed  value’ which is usually 60% of ‘fair-
              market’ value to SMI for the ‘Mountain Top
              Assessment’ (MTA), for Public Safety, Fire
              Protection, Shuttle Transportation, and Common/
              Shared Roads & Grounds Maintenance;

            A RAD ‘sales tax’, ‘assessment fee’, of up to 5% on
              all purchases & services – is to be determined ‘after
              the  seven-member board is elected’ for them to
              write into the ‘By-laws’;  and,

           ‘Unlimited Debt’ will be secured by the EQUITY in
               the ‘improved properties’ within the RAD – the
               ‘Equity’ is the difference between the ‘assessed
               value’ and the ‘fair market value’ that will be used
               to collateralize all Debt – and this ‘Levy’ can be
               enforced by government ‘LIENS’!

And since the combined DEBT of Trump & Intrawest now exceeds $1.5 BILLION – in order to cut corners & ‘pass-the-buck’, according to DeBerry in the Times article, Snowshoe-RAD would ‘prefer to see the RAD pay for more county deputies, rather than forming its own police force’!  OF COURSE – pass the buck onto the backs of the heretofore ‘rich-citizens’ already living in ‘poverty & pauperism’ from all the other ‘assessment fees’ & such placed upon county residents by the likes of the county solid waste authority, the public service district, and the thieving Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (GVEDC) that takes hundreds-of-thousands a year from us!  

But the ‘good-news’ for Snowshoe-RAD is that, according to the rationale of DeBerry, ‘for the amount of taxes that we pay, we should get more services from the county’!  And that means having the taxpayers of Pocahontas County foot the bill for TRAINING & ARMING & SUCH for ‘more deputies’ – so, ‘[t]he RAD would avoid liability for officer misconduct if it relied on Sheriff’s deputies, rather than creating its own RAD police force.’  So instead of raising their own private-militia, called ‘Rangers’, as the new law allows, Snowshoe-RAD wants the liabilities placed upon the Citizens of this county for the likes of a Brad Totten, Ben Wilfong, Chris Cole, J.L. Clifton, and other such low-life ‘scalawags’ that come along!  How convenient since the Snowshoe-RAD will be outside the control of the county government and under the complete ‘corporate control’ of Donald Trump & Associates!

WOW!  Does that sound like the GVEDC or what?  They take almost $10,000 PER/MONTH from the former Howes Leather site in Frank – and what do we get in return – yep, the LIABILITY on all the county-land now in the hands of the GVEDC!  The only ones getting ‘jobs’ from the alleged ‘economic development’ from the Greenbrier Valley –ED– Corporation are those THAT WORK FOR THE GVEDC…in Greenbrier…& the insurance companies!  They get the cream-on-the-coffee and we get the used coffee-grinds at the bottom of the cup!  Now along comes another proposal for a quasi-municipal-Public-Corporation & Political Subdivision – carved out of the county to establish yet another FINANCIAL DRAIN ON THE RESOURCES OF THIS COUNTY AT OUR EXPENSE…while being paid ‘Minimum-Wages’ and no more food assistance program! 

BUT HEY!  Ain’t it great that ‘masser’ Donald Trump is already shifting his financial obligations UPON THE TAXPAYERS of this county, like he tried to do in Scotlandeven before he even gets approval?  But getting ‘approval’ won’t be that difficult since our county ‘Three Stooges’ are already ‘in the bag’ as far as SMI is concerned.  Just like former commissioner Reta Griffith did by getting an executive-title after giving ‘Frontier Communications’ a monopoly over this county, so too is David Fleming looking to suck-up to SMI in the hopes of looking important as well!  And as far as William Beard, Jr., he’s already bought & paid for now that he’s a board member of the Pendleton Bank – thanks to his ‘good-VP-buddy’ Phil Cane – since the bank transfers SMI bank-deposits from here to Trump’s NY Fortress Hedge-Fund, and also to Intrawest in Vancouver, Canada!  Tens-of-Millions of dollars coming into this county via ‘Tourism’ is transferred OUT-OF-THIS-COUNTY to Trump in New York & Intrawest in Canada! 

Only two candidates – NORMAN LEE ALDERMAN (Rep-SD) and PATTI HEINEMANN (Dem-ND) have the foresight, intelligence & courage to call upon the State of West Virginia to TAKE RECEIVERSHIP OF SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN, INC. NOW and turn day to day operations & PROFITS over to the people of this county in a ‘Workers CO-OP’ with 60% to West Virginia & 40% to be shared by the Workers CO-OP for the Progress & Prosperity of the County!

Meanwhile you see ‘Chicken-man-Dave’ & ‘Billy-Bob’ continue their ‘bootlicking’ since  GROVELING DOES HAVE ITS REWARDS & then some… doesn’t it for you two!  As for Jamie Walker, well let’s just say that he is always the unpredictable, ‘Yes’ vote!  None of the ‘Three Stooges’ have the competence or the guts to just say ‘No’ – since none of them have ever placed THE COMMON GOOD BEFORE SELF OR ANY SELF-SERVING SPECIAL INTEREST! 
And then folks here wonder why WE PAY….while the rich-folks PLAY at the expense of those kept in poverty & pauperism!  But now is the time to


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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