Commission will pass boundary dispute to legislature
A boundary dispute between West Virginia and Virginia on the High Top of Allegheny Mountain will be passed on to the West Virginia Legislature during its next session.
James Facemire, who owns property on the West Virginia side of the border, told commissioners Tuesday he wanted to survey the property to establish a line, then submit results to Bath County, Virginia.
But commissioners took the advice of Prosecuting Attorney Walt Weiford and will proceed through the legislative process which will have to establish a boundary commission. That committee was last active in the early 1990s to settle a dispute between Jefferson County and Loudon County, Virginia. According to Commissioner Reta Griffith, only one of the three men on the committee is in West Virginia and he didnﾒt know he was still a member.
ﾓI think we ought to let the legislature do what itﾒs supposed to do,ﾔ said commission president Joel Callison.
Weiford said if the Commonwealth of Virginia disagrees with the boundary set by this state, the Attorney General would file suit in federal court.
Facemire said he thought a survey of the property would be the simpler of the solutions, but did agree with the method.
His neighbor on High Top, Tom Stratton, said his property would be affected if the dispute is settled in Facemireﾒs favor. Stratton said a survey using National Geological Survey markers was recently done and the line cut his property in half. However, Weiford said the Jefferson-Loudon dispute settlement did not negatively affect property owners.
Facemire first approached the commission last spring. He owns the larger part of what was once a 100-acre tract owned by the Rider family. The property spanned the state borders with only a little more than 30 acres on the Virginia side.
That property was recently purchased and the deed calls for more than 80 acres on the Virginia side, Facemire said.
In other business the commission:
ﾕapproved a plan to bury old jail and 9-1-1 records at the Pocahontas County Landfill. The burial of those records will be recorded and witnessed by the commission. Records five-years-old and newer will be retained at the court house.
ﾕtransferred the title of a 1987 Mack Truck to the Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority.
ﾕtabled action on adding Family Resource Network employees to Public Employees Insurance Agency at no cost to the commission.
ﾕapproved an in-house budget revision for 9-1-1.
ﾕdiscussed storage options for magistrate court records.