By Lon Anderson
The March meeting of the Hardy County Planning Commission started off normally enough with a discussion of the morning’s County Commission meeting, approval of minutes, and discussions about the GIS Board and flood plains. It was only towards the end of the meeting that the bombshell dropped: Melissa Scott, Hardy County’s Planner for the last seven years, announced that she’s leaving her position to join a consulting firm.
The news seemed to stun members of the Planning Commission, with whom she has worked closely for her entire tenure in the County. Under her guidance, Hardy County has developed a statewide reputation as a leader in land use planning among the small, rural West Virginia counties. Because of her expertise, she also serves as the County’s Flood Plain manager and oversaw the creation of the County’s