Cailey Moore\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Commission made quick work of its meeting Tuesday morning.\r\n\r\nCommission Attorney Bob Martin gave the commission an update regarding the Green Bank Industrial Park property.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Board of Education met yesterday, at one o'clock, down at the Hillsboro Elementary School,\u201d Martin said, \u201cand on their agenda was the Slaven property \u2013 also known as the Green Bank property. They have agreed to accept the property back from the county.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe're ready to take your action on that to transfer the property back to the Board of Education."\r\n\r\nDespite the BOE's acceptance of the land transfer, the commission was unable to sign it during Tuesday's meeting. The motion made at the September 15 meeting only allowed for discussion of the proposal.\r\n\r\nMartin also reported to the commission on his attendance of the Mountain State Land Use Academy.\r\n\r\n\u201cI am really, really glad I went,\u201d he began. \u201cWe are all very aware of the reticence and opposition there would be in Pocahontas County to zoning throughout the county. What I found is, and I think this is vitally important to the county and the citizens of the county, is that every federal grant, and almost all state grants, ask the question \u2013 do you have a comprehensive plan?\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to Martin, Pocahontas County does not have a comprehensive plan, and in order to receive federal money or state grants, a comprehensive plan is required.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's just something we have to have,\u201d Martin explained. \u201cThe big question is, can you have a comprehensive plan without zoning? The simple answer is 'yes.' We can have a comprehensive plan for the county. We can do it without a zoning aspect to it. We can do it with a land use aspect to it.\r\n\r\n\u201cBasically, a land use aspect is \u2013 south of Hillsboro, there are those two big pieces of property on either side of the road. That's farming property. You just designate it farming property. [Land use aspects] are not a binding classification.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cSo, it's not something you can or can't do with your property?\u201d Commissioner David McLaughlin asked.\r\n\r\n\u201cExactly,\u201d Martin answered. \u201cIt's just a plan. It's what you would like to see. It doesn't have restrictions. It doesn't stop anybody.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn addition to the grant aspect of a comprehensive plan, Martin was struck by the impact a comprehensive plan would have on the county's flood issues.\r\n\r\n\u201cWith regard to flood issues, and that is a big issue in our county, having a comprehensive plan can reduce people's flood insurance by ten percent off the top,\u201d he explained. \u201cIf we had that, if we have a comprehensive plan, if we have that aspect of just having it in place and we report that to FEMA, everybody in the county then gets a ten percent reduction on their premiums on their flood insurance. That right there is worth it, in my opinion, for us doing something for the citizens of Pocahontas County.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe're going to actually save them cash dollars out of their pocket by doing something that's not going to cost us anything, that's not going to involve zoning, it's going to make us eligible for federal and state grants \u2013 which we are not eligible for now \u2013 and I think it's really something the commission ought to consider. We ought to invite Professor Jesse Richardson and his staff down, and they'll meet with us, they'll walk us through it, I would like them to make the presentation to the commission, and I really think it's something the commission ought to do.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe commission instructed Martin to contact Professor Richardson to set up a formal presentation.\r\n\r\nIn other news:\r\n<ul>\r\n\t<li>Courthouse custodian Mike Cain appeared before the commission concerning the courthouse's security and the maintenance and inspection of its alarm systems. The commission instructed Cain and 911 Director Mike O'Brien to obtain a quote for an inspection from Simplex and report back.<\/li>\r\n\t<li>Region IV Executive Director John Tuttle appeared before the commission with updates on various projects in the county.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nThe next regular County Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m.