Cailey Moore\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nIt was a packed house for the County Commission meeting June 16 as members of the community gathered to listen and speak on the various agenda items.\r\nAfter weeks of discussion, deliberation and gathering expert opinions, the Commission finally came to a decision regarding the removal and replacement of trees on the front lawn of the Courthouse. \r\nDuring the June 2 meeting, the Commission suggested that an authority on trees be consulted before taking any further action. \r\nCustodian Mike Cain returned this week with an opinion from tree expert and WVU Extension Agent Greg Hamons. \r\nAccording to Cain, Hamons declared the two trees on either side of the courthouse walkway to be potential hazards.\r\n\u201cHe told me that there was two of them that needed to be removed \u2013 the one right here and one on the other side [of the walkway],\u201d Cain said. \u201cHe said they could bring somebody in from West Virginia University and get them to do it free of charge.\u201d\r\nOne of the trees in question runs the risk of splitting and falling toward the street while the other is more of an eyesore.\r\nCommission Attorney Bob Martin also spoke with Curtis Helton with regard to drilling the trees.\r\n\u201cHe advised me [that] they have somebody on staff who can do that and have the equipment to drill the trees,\u201d Martin said. \u201cHe told me he\u2019d talk with the individual, get together with me, line that up, and they can drill the trees and let us know what the status of the trees is internally, which seems to be the big issue from where they were cut before.\u201d\r\nCommissioner Jamie Walker moved to remove the trees on either side of the walkway\/sidewalk as soon as possible and replace them with eight-to-10 foot sugar maples.\r\nThe motion passed unanimously.\r\n<em>Rules for East Cass Community Park<\/em>\r\nThe commission also heard from David Cain regarding the management of East Cass Community Park.\r\nConcerned about the upkeep of the park, which has undergone a series of vandalism ranging from burning picnic tables and drunken parties to shots being fired, Cain appeared before the commission to ask if guidelines and\/or regulations could be established.\r\nAccording to Cain, East Cass Community Park is one of the three parks owned by the county. Presently, however, the park does not have any guidelines posted, and because of this, as Cain said he was told by the Sheriff, people can do as they please because there are no rules.\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve read the rules that apply to the other two [county-owned] parks, and I think it would be great if they could apply to [East Cass Community Park] also,\u201d said Cain.\r\nTo help with the discussion and finding a solution, the commission invited Pocahontas County Parks and Recreation Director Lauren Bennett to attend the meeting.\r\nIn the past, Parks and Recreation has helped with the maintenance of East Cass Community Park by mowing and picking up the trash.\r\n\u201cAt different times we\u2019ve helped with it,\u201d Bennett said, \u201c [but] I feel like we own Stillwell and Widney parks, so those two are the ones we maintain. Cass Park \u2013 I\u2019ve never been under the impression that that\u2019s been ours to maintain.\u201d\r\n\u201cI think maybe in the future, the easiest way\u2013if we\u2019re going to leave it open\u2013is just when we put the bid out for the mowing include the trash pick-up,\u201d Commissioner Walker suggested.\r\nCommission President Bill Beard had a suggestion similar to Walker\u2019s.\r\n\u201cIf you could work something out for this year to keep the trash picked up and we put a sign up,\u201d Beard said, \u201cthen maybe we can do something different when talking about mowing for next year.\u201d\r\nIn addition to her monthly report, Tammie Alderman of the Pocahontas County Day Report Center offered assistance to East Cass Community Park in the form of monthly trips to help with various projects. \r\n\u201cWe\u2019re not opposed to helping out in anyway that we can,\u201d Alderman said, \u201cTonight I don\u2019t have the manpower and the resources to commit to go on a regular basis, but a day project \u2013 absolutely.\u201d \r\nCommissioner Walker moved to adopt the Parks and Recreation rules for any parks owned or operated by the county commission. The motion passed unanimously.\r\nSnowshoe CEO Frank DeBarry, along with a number of home- and property-owners, appeared before the Commission to voice their oppositions and support for Snowshoe\u2019s Resort Area District. (Separate article in next week\u2019s edition.)\r\nIn other actions:\r\nThe Commission approved the appointment of James Boggs as the new Deputy Assessor\/Mapper. Boggs was promoted from part-time to full-time, effective June 17, 2015.\r\nThe Commission reappointed Amon Tracy as a member of the Pocahontas County Public Service District Board. The six-year term expires on June 30, 2021.\r\nA motion to create a separate budget for the Office of Emergency Services was approved unanimously by the Commission. Administrative Assistant Sue Helton and 911\/Office of Emergency Services Director Mike O\u2019Brien will work together to set up the budget.\r\nMartin reported that he received a letter from Marlinton Fire Chief Herb Barlow concerning the commission\u2019s rescue boat. Barlow stated that the boat was not in the Marlinton Volunteer Fire Department\u2019s possession but was being stored at the Edray Industrial Park. Barlow expressed the department\u2019s interest in keeping the boat. The commission instructed Martin to look into the grant specifications surrounding the purchase of the boat and see if transferring ownership to the MVFD would be possible. \r\nMartin presented his draft for discussion and\/or approval for a policy dealing with emergency towing services. Local garage owner Johnny Dean was present, as well, and spoke about the matter. Beard moved to accept the policy\u00ad\u2013which included a revision for how towing services in an emergency situation should occur and how towing scanner-jumpers should be handled. The commission unanimously approved the new policy.\r\nThe Commission designated Pendleton Community Bank, First Citizens Bank, City National Bank and Citizen National Bank as the County Depositories for 2015-2016.\r\nThe next regular County Commission meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 30, at 8:30 a.m.