CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In a meeting cut short by the state of emergency issued in response to Thursday's water contamination incident, the Kanawha County commissioners conducted business related to timbering at Camp Virgil Tate and elections.
In July, the 4-H Foundation board and the Kanawha County Commission voted to allow just over 430 acres of land to be timbered near the camp to help pay for a new pool. The camp owns a small part of the land, and the county owns the rest.
As part of the timbering, the 4-H Foundation was to develop a timbering plan to be approved by the commissioners before the work could begin.
The commissioners gave the green light for the plan Thursday.
"It's still going to be timbering...it's not going to look pretty for awhile," Commission President Kent Carper said. "We're doing it for a purposeful reason."
The commissioners wanted assurance that the timbering at Camp Virgil Tate would be conducted in a professional manner, citing the illegal timbering incident at Coonskin Park last summer as what they didn't want to see happen.
"This will not happen here," Carper said, referring to the Coonskin issue.
West Virginia Division of Forestry Director Randy Dye told the commissioners Thursday the plan is "a good plan and it's well thought out."
"We'll work with your people hand-in-hand to implement the plan," he said.
Dye said he estimates the timbering will generate between $150,000 and $200,000 for the camp over the three-year operation, though that amount could change based on market fluctuations.
The timbering should begin this year.