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County leaders discuss schedule

Wood County recently eliminated some meetings

January 20, 2013

PARKERSBURG — At the first meeting of the new year, Wood County commissioners voted 2-1 to change the Wood County Commission’s 200-year history of meeting two days a week....

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Jan-20-13 4:57 AM

A big THANKS to Commissioner Blair Couch for knowing there is no good reason to reduce the commission's commitment to serving the public, which is exactly what the other commissioners did. They have forgotten (or ignored) the wisdom contained in a simple statement: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Jan-20-13 5:26 AM

Blair can pay his past due taxes while he sits around the court house looking at the walls doing nothing else. Why is it that other counties bigger than Wood can get the work done in less time, maybe they are more organized.

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Jan-20-13 9:16 AM

Steve and Wayne are correct. Ask any former commissioner (Parrish, Shaver, Grapes, Grimm, Tebay) how much really gets done when they are sitting in there looking at each other instead of working outside the meeting room with the staff and public where they should be. Other than generating inane stories for the media ("County Commission inspects parking lot"), everything that requires a public meeting could be done in two hours or less, twice per month.

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Jan-20-13 9:22 AM

BTW, Blair you are also wrong about Charleston City Council. After eight years service on Charleston City Council, I can assure you that we set aside time at every meeting for anyone to come in and address council on any topic of their choice. Also, we were respectful and did not make people wait until some arbitrary time as you have done to our citizens for the past six years. Thank you Wayne for removing that additional barrier to citizen access.

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Jan-20-13 1:48 PM

Commissioner Dunn is a good person and I believe his motives are pure. Gainer is just lazy. The public should be the first priority always

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Jan-20-13 2:41 PM

Anyone is better commissioner than Rick Modesitt was! Most self serving commissioner in history.

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Jan-20-13 5:31 PM

I can understand why a Doctor would want to schedule less meetings to serve his patients, however, not a greedy sue happy trial lawyer. I spoke with a friend who works in the Washington County Courthouse. One of the three Commissioners are present in the building every single day full day to oversee government. Mr Gainer I understand is retired. The previous news article mentioned he live part time in Florida. If so, he should immediately resign and allow a West Virginia resident assume the seat. David Blair Couch should be commended for standing by his values and Commission traditions. I believe he was the landslide winner against the greedy trialy lawyer, so the voters must have known best.

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Jan-20-13 8:01 PM

They have a meeting yet on to give back half of their salary?Half work,half pay. Hey Harry,where's your IFTA stickers on that shiny rig you were using for the slander campaign. How's about also answering the question of WHO and WHY you wanted the commish. position so badly? Sounds as if you made promises you can't keep now.Go bleed your C8 scam,dig up more yards,then PLEASE;;; GO AWAY.

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Jan-20-13 11:27 PM

are grapes purchased in Charleston always sour ?

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