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Public Forest Commission members continue to urge appeal of nullification

By Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on November 23, 2016 3:14PM

Last changed on November 23, 2016 3:58PM

Grant County Judge Scott Myers.

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Grant County Judge Scott Myers.

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People who were elected to the Public Forest Commission continue to urge Grant County to appeal the circuit court opinion to nullify the measure that created the commission.

Grant County Circuit Court Judge William D. Cramer Jr. ruled the measure creating the commission should not have been placed on the ballot in 2002 because the measure sought to assume control of public lands in the county, which conflicts with paramount state and federal law.

At the Grant County Court meeting Wednesday, Nov. 23, elected forest commissioner Jim Sproul informed the audience of a letter he sent to county court members, stating, “To the county court concerning the Cramer decision on Grant County Forest Commission. Constructive notice is hereby given that the Grant County Court shall appeal the circuit court decision on nullifying the Public Forest Commission on behalf of the Grant County Public Forest Commission and the affected citizens of Grant County.”

County Judge Scott Myers said he sent the letter to the county’s legal counsel, Ron Yockim, for review. He said no action would be taken until Yockim responded.

Commissioner Chris Labhart reiterated his stance against the appeal.

In other Grant County Court news:

• The court approved a decision to hire Mindy Winegar to replace Fair Manager Mary Weaver, who is retiring. Myers said Winegar, who was the fair office assistant, will start at her new position Dec. 26.

• District Attorney Jim Carpenter announced Deputy District Attorney Matt Ipson’s replacement will be Mara Houck.

• The court approved the hire of a new appraiser for the county, Stephanie Williams, who will begin training in December.

• The court finalized the date of the counties Christmas potluck which is to be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 14.

• The court approved an intra-fund transfer to the Road Department to cover cost of three new defibrillators.

• The court approved a budgeted transfer to the unemployment reserve.

• The court approved a request for $1,412 for two new computers in the District Attorney’s Office.


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