this weeks edition:
Ballot finalized for November…
A big question mark, regarding who will contest for the remainder of Arlene Herndon’s term as Assessor, was erased yesterday Monday, August 18 when the Braxton County Democratic Executive Committee met to make their recommendation as to who would be on the Democratic ticket.
According to our source only two individuals had expressed written interest in the job. The Executive Committee chose long-time party activist, Brenda Mollohan, who operates the Century Inn and works for the County Commission as a janitor.
Rumors had been circulating for a few weeks that the Republican Executive Committee had made their selection. They have chosen Tyler John Morlan of Gassaway.
I guess there are a few hoops to jump through, but it would appear that those two names will be the people vying for the balance of Arlene’s term.
At last Friday’s County Commission meeting, Andrew Smith was asked when his CVB board met. He basically said whenever they can get together. When the question of complying with the open meetings law came up, he stated that his board was a non-profit private entity that was not required to comply. Some of the Commissioners took issue with that and I must day I do as well.
There have been numerous Ethic Commission rulings that opened the doors to organizations and boards that receive taxpayer dollars. The bulk of the CVB’s financing comes from the Hotel/Motel Tax. Even if it is a tax on those who visit our area, it is still a tax and therefore those in charge of spending those tax dollars should be accountable; what better way, than to open their doors and allow the pubic assess to their meetings.
I certainly think that this board needs to rethink its position and not only welcome public input but encourage it. There are a lot of people in Braxton County who want to see the tourism industry flourish. That means more money for the hotels and more money for the CVB. In addition, I would think that there may be ideas out there that could promote tourism and recreation which is what the state code says the money can be spent on. In my opinion it shouldn’t take an Ethics Commission opinion to allow public access to a group that is charged with improving our county. Of course that can’t happen if no one knows when or where the meetings are.
Will return soon...