Commission President Berates Planner for Submitting Revised Floodplain Ordinance

“Do we have this in writing?”

“I want to see this in writing.”

It was obvious to all present, Hardy County Commission President Harold Michael did not accept Hardy County Planner Melissa Scott’s recommendation that the Hardy County Floodplain Ordinance be updated.

Scott requested the Floodplain Ordinance be included on the Commission’s agenda at the March 3 meeting.

“We have to do this for FEMA,” Scott said. “At their last site visit, they said we have to adopt a new ordinance because the existing one is too old.”

The Hardy County Floodplain Ordinance, first adopted in 1975 and last updated in 2009, is required by the National Flood Insurance Program, the National Floodplain Act of 1968 and the West Virginia Code §8A-4-2, §8A-5-7 and §8A-7-2.

The ordinance establishes a floodplain area and requires

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