Hayes denied the accusations.
In other business, commissioners announced that work on a project to alleviate Hometown's flooding problem is complete and should solve the water problem for at least 20 years.
Hometown is wedged between the Kanawha River and Little Guano Creek. Railroad tracks that sit several feet above ground level run through the town, placing most of the houses in a flood-prone bowl. The ditches along the tracks are filled with years of silt runoff.
In 2010, commissioners approved a $12,000 cost-sharing agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to help figure out what is causing the problem.
The engineers determined the easiest and most cost effective temporary solution would be to simply clear the town's ditches and drains.
"I think we should draft letters [to residents] letting them know the project is completed and it's up to you to keep those ditch lines cleaned," Andes said.
Commissioners have tried to persuade Hometown residents to form a homeowners' association or incorporate so they'd be eligible for grants and could mandate residents clean out ditches on their properties.
"I think it's a large aging population [in Hometown]," Haynes said. "It's a problem for many of them to take a shovel and get out and start cleaning out the ditch line."
The corps study outlined a longer-term option, which is to redirect a channel near the northern edge of town to carry rainwater along W.Va. 62 and into Little Guano Creek. That option could cost the county nearly $500,000.
"That's money we just don't have," Haynes said.
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