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BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -

There was still no decision Tuesday on who will receive royalties from gas leases in Brooke County.

Both the Brooke County Commission and park board want to get their hands on the money, and that started a heated discussion.

"We were kind of confused why the Brooke County court was receiving checks with the drilling going on at Brooke Hills Park," said Brooke County Commission President Tim Ennis. 

So commissioners asked for the legal advice of county prosecutor Joe Barki  to see if he could determine who should be getting the royalties from Chesapeake Energy. 

Barki's advice: to have the two sides reach a resolution as soon as possible.

"It is obviously in the best interest of Brooke County to reach a resolution as soon as possible so the gas royalties can be paid to benefit the citizens of Brooke County," Barki said.

William Watson, the attorney who represents the park board, agreed with Barki by saying the last thing the county needs is a lawsuit between the park board and county commissioners. Watson believes that all of the money should go to benefit the park. One of the park board members agreed.

"It is beautiful, it is a true gem and culturally that's the only thing we have in Brooke County right now," said board member Walter Ferguson. "What we are trying to do is stop people from driving by Brooke County to get to Oglebay Park."

Both sides have agreed to sit down and hash it out to come up with an agreement rather than taking it to court.