As with other TIF properties, new property taxes generated within the park and several surrounding properties would help fund utility extensions at the park - as long as the plan is approved by the state Development Office.
"I have no desire to force someone in that doesn't want to be," Haynes said. "We tried to make you understand, but you're still skeptical."
Also at the meeting, Joyce Arthur, director of Putnam Aging, spoke to commissioners about recent criticism the senior nutrition program has received in Kanawha County.
Putnam Aging operates senior nutrition programs in Putnam, Kanawha, Clay and Fayette counties based on a state contract dating back to 1993. Putnam Aging supplies meals at several senior centers in Kanawha County and delivers home meals to some Kanawha County residents.
Arthur denied the accusations that hospice patients weren't being served and that some seniors had been on a waiting list to get food for two years.
"Hospice patients go to the top of the list," she said.
Putnam commissioners believe that some of the information from Kanawha County officials had been misconstrued to media outlets.
"I've always found the atmosphere to be good, the food good," Haynes told Arthur. "Keep up the good work."
"If there's a problem they should come to us, so we don't have to find out things through the newspaper," said Ellen Mills Pauley, the agency's board president.
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