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• _ i -  .llmnlmilllilU n - '  nWlill _ - The 2009---Page3A Eye on Glenville's upcoming elections is important: & New Year's well.wishes Here is some Glenville City Election infor- mation worth writing in your 2009 notebooks. City's Special Levy Election The Special Street Levy Election is sched- uled for Tues., Feb. 3, 2009. Try to come to City Hall to vote! General Election & Candidate Filing Period Glenville's next General Election will be on Tues.. June 9. 2009. Any resident interested in running tbrmayor. recorder or councilperson needs to file tbr office at City Hall anytime between Jan. 12 and Jan. 31. Now is a good time for energetic civic-minded people, who want to help our community move forward, to step up to the plate and to file for office. In that way, they'll be placed on the official ballot, and will not have to run as "write-ins." Living in a small town does offer its advan- tages, one of which is being able to run for municipal government positions inexpen- sively. In fact, the wards are so small that a potential candidate could just knock on doors and practically see all of the voters. All of the elective positions, including each one of the councilperson positions, are up for grabs in this election. Next City Council Meeting Owing to the need to canvass the Special Levy Election's ballots, the next City Council meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 9, City Recorder Cathy Nolan recom- mended. Then. the Council can canvass the ballots at 6:15 p.m. and hold the public hearing on property litter Ordinance at 6:45. with the regular public meeting to follow at 7 p.m. the usual time, but not the usual date. Local politics Glenville Mayor John Bennett tells me that he won't be running for re-election, due to the press of his full-time job:' principal and chief administrator of the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center. He's done a good job over the past two years, so we're sorry that he's step- The Corcoran Column BY David H. Corcoran Publisher-Editor ping out of the mayoral post. He believes that few local citizens are interested in runnmg for his and the council positions. Let us hope that some well-quali- fied people will throw their hats in these various rings in order to give the voters a choice in this upcoming General Election. Fairman Company Adam Fairman. owner of the Fairman Building Components industry at the Gilmer County Industrial Park. tells me that his firm supplies Lowe's and Hardman's, among oth- ers. with pre-fab building construction com- ponents. His work force is now up to 17. and. in spite of the national recession, they're still going strong. Red Cross Bloodmobile Kay Moore. the local Red Cross Volun- teer Coordinator and Glenville City Council's 2nd Ward rep, reports that the regular Ameri- can Red Cross Bloodmobile will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 21 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in down- town Glenville. Since blood plasma is badly needed after any holiday period, please make a note on your calendar to give a pint on that day. Businesses for 2009 Best wishes to M r. and Mrs. John Kasuba. of Glenville, who are making steady progress m trymg to put a workable package together in order to construct an airport, related indus- trial and technology park. and fly-in commu- nity on their Cedar Creek farm. Without a modern airport, Gilmer County and GSC cannot expect to grow, especially when the Technology and Communications Age prom- ises to link small counties and cities to the outside modern world. To Willie's Sports Shop. the new owners. Wil and Cindy Randolph. are doing a fine job in utilizing this large facility to the best advantage. It's packed with a wide variety of sporting goods. Our best to this popular couple for continuing success in their new business venture ! Tamara (Mrs. Gerry) Hough, who re- cently moved into the old Curves business location in Gilmer County, deserves a pat on the back. She's established "The Studio" there, mainly a dance studio. In larger cities, moth- ers want their daughters and sons to become physically fit and to be well-balanced. This dance studio provides those youth opportuni- ties in a cheerful atmosphere. We hope that Tamara meets with much success in this new venture. Good luck. Tammy! Van and Miehelle Rarnsey, the young owners and managers of the Smokehouse BBQ, deserve our community's support. They are located in the old Coffee & Friends coffee shop on North Lewis Street in Glenvitle, just up from the Main Street stop light. They've brought a new zest for eating out to Gilmer County and finding entertamment close to home. In fact, a number of Bluegrass musi- cians perform there on the weekend evenings. Thanks, Van and Michelte! Congratulations to Butch Drake on his retirement at Drakes Auto Sales & Service. and best wishes to his son-in-law, Doug Cottrill, in buying out the longtime shop! To Mary Lee McPherson, at Town & Country Realty, thanks for becoming a mas- ter volunteer in promoting Glenville's down- town revitalization initiative, starting with the Sidewalk Replacement Project! You and the other members of "The Street Gang" are to be commended for your loyalty to our fair city. Continued on page 5A .: ....................  ............. :::.:::::.:.::::•::: :iii:iii.i!ili: :!:!ii:i+::::i: •:  i: :i :• :.i   •i i iii:•::!,!.ili:i:!:!iii:i!i:i::i;! !:;i.i:iii:!ii:i:i ,iii::i!./ : :i: i i:i:ii:iiii-iiiiii:iiiiii:i!i:iiii-ii!iii:i! i:/ ! i•i:ii,iii!ii:i::::•:i•i :::::.::. ": :::: •:, New Year brings change; 30-year relationship celebrated By Brent Boggs, State Delegate (Gilmer-Braxton ) I write this week as we just concluded the first day of January interim meetings. The transition This is truly a transition time. as the oath of closely with new State Senator Doug Face- mire and new Delegate David Walker, repre- senting the 33rd District of Clay, Calhoun and part of Gilmer County. I know that I speak for all concerned that we will work together for moving central West Virginia forward in the office will be administered to House and days and months ahead. Senate members on Wednegday at NfiV! '' ..... A'ilappy 30th Anniver,'sary! i:::!::$:": .....  -',..-'::::::[:::::: iiiii!! iiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiii::ii : ..:::::iiii!::!iii -Meanwhile, the previous ..... members are still members of the various interim com- mittees meeting Sunday through Tuesday evening. The logistics of this tran- sition are quite a task for the Speaker. Majority Leader. Whip, staff and the House Clerk. Committee assignments for members, offices reassigned for many returning members, as well as mov- ing in for new members. "Parking spaces always in short supply at the Capitol" must be allocated, based on a number of factors, in- cluding safety, mobility issues, office loca- tion and seniority. Phones must be reconfigured; office door names changed, legislative directories up- dated and reprinted; stationery ordered, checked for accuracy and sent to the printers. Meanwhile, rooms must be found for • all the staff and per diem employees that are neces- sary during the session. The same is also occurring in the Senate, except they have one- third the members, so the task is not quite as immense. Our local team In addition to working with Senator Joe Minard, I am looking forward to working F'inallwJean and I celebrated our 30th anni- versary last Wednesday. We were out of town for a few days last week before the legislative crunch time was to begin. We returned from the airport last Wednesday night on icy, snow- covered roads, witnessed several wrecks, and had to literally creep along to get home safely. As we made the slow return. Jean reminded me that, 30 years to the day, we were in a similar situation. After we were married, we departed Charleston for a one-day honey- moon at a country inn located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. As I had only recently begun working on the railroad. I had no vacation time and only two days off. Before we reached our destination, ice and snow-covered roads and several wrecks forced us to stop at the first place north of Charleston we could find lodging. The next day, we just figured we'd forego going any farther and just go back to Sutton to our newly-rented home. Thirty years have brought many changes to our lives:children and grandchildren, times of hardship and times of prosperity, good health and times of health concerns, joys and tragic losses, and the privilege and honor of serving in the Legislature. We even managed to build a house together, which we both now agree that ifa couple can build a house together, you can stay married through just about anything. And, with my time away during the Legisla- ture. meetings, and working long hours on the railroad, she continues to be a great encour- ager, supporter and partner. Most of all. we've built a home. • We have been blessed and are very thankful for our faith, family irid! a':ui'tate and nation. No one knows.hatth- uture holds, but God willing, we're looking forward to many more years together. How to contact me! Please address your correspondence to my office at the Capitol at: Building 1, Room 228- M. Charleston, WV 25305. Prior to the ses- sion in February, there will be new telephone and fat information as soon as the staff com- pletes their work early in January. In the meantime, my Capitol telephone number will be 340-3220. As soon as this is finalized. I will publish the information, so that evervone can note the changes. For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is Boggs34@aol. corn You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills. conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature's web site at http:// www. legis.state, wv. us/If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Remember to thank a veteran for their ser- vice to our nation and continue to remember our troops at home and abroad and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. 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Citizens Against PATH laud County Commissions Dear Editor, At their December 2 meetmg, the Gilmer county Commission took a strong, clear and unanimous stand opposing the PATH power line and supporting the property rights, economy and health of Gilmer County citi- zens. They are joining County Commissions all along the route; to-date, eight counties, includ- ing our neighbors Roane, Calhoun, and Upshur. have passed resolutions against PATH Now it is time for the citizens of these counties to back them up. Here's how. Become informed, the article in this issue, "Path Powerline Not A Done Deal" provides a good overview of PATH and the proposed route through Calhoun County, likely through Grantsville. In Gitmer. the likely route will go through Glenville, Following the route of the existing high voltage power line. Maps of proposed routes are available at the Court House and at the FRN. I stress that these are proposed routes. A definite route will be part of the power company application that is expected to be submitted to the WV Public Service Commisston in March. Become more informed, the following two websites will provide you with much infor- mation, background, up-to-date developments. news stories and links: www. calhounpowerline, wordpress, com www. wvcitizensagainstpath.com Become active, join us February 10. 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Gilmer Senior Center for dessert, info and action. Hear speakers from other counties, view maps, be part of z/petition drive, and a letter and postcard writing campaign. Find out what rights citizens have and what can be done and when. I hope to see you there. For more information on the meeting, call 462-7638. Carol Ross, WV Citizens Against PA TH Glenville Related commentary on page 5A Editorials W,,Icome - GSC's faculty and students are back,on campus and in town With Glenville State College's faculty and students back in town now. things are buzzing at both the college and in Gilmer County. The second, or spring, semester is. indeed, getting off to a promising start. GSC 'President Peter Barr has set some high ideals and goals for the new term. In his welcoming address to the faculty, he stressed the importance of academics, student retention. and economic development. On the academic side. he propounded. "Our vision is to become the best small, liberal arts college in the country. I know that we have it (here)." Now. that's no small order! Nevertheless. in further explanation, he noted. "We have the faculty and staff to be the best in the country. I'm amazed at what every single person, whether they be faculty or staff, is doing by their individual and team performances to achieve this ex:ellence." Most mpor- tantly, he emphasized how each faculty and staff member by showing interest in each student's welfare and well-being -- "transforms (their) lives." How true that is! Additionally, with GSC's improved academic programs and this one-on-one faculty/staff relationship with the students, the school's student retentibn rate will certainly be improved€ thereby leading to enrollment growth in the 2009-2010 academic year. Finally. the College's initiatives in economic'development will be continued in earnest. The school is creating a modern housing development on SR 5 near the prison's entrance, the Conrad Motel is being utilized, and the school's student community service projects will continue, the President explained. All in all. the spring semester will offer many difficult challenges for the faculty, staff, and students, yet. on the other hand. these will be golden opporturlities for them as well. For if they succeed, everyone wins. Indeed. they will all have ample time to grow m scholarly ways and to give back to this locality, the region and the state of West Virgima, as well. So. we editors wish them the best in 2009. and assure them of our support m their scholarship and community service endeavors. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Shame or not? - City Council fails to endorse town's Sidewalk replacement project At January 5th's regular public meeting when Glenville's City Council refused to endorse the town's longed-desired sidewalk replacement project, city government's inaction raised many questions. By way of background, the city's all-volunteer Sidewalk C. ommittee had worked hard on writing a $300,000 grant to replace the downtown's aging walkways and to widen East Main Street to vehicular traffic. In addition, they are now raising money in order to help city government reach its private/public matching funds, required by the grant. This sidewalk replacement project, in general, is a vital first step to beautify the downtown; without it. not much can bedone to improve our town's once-bustli'ng and picturesque business district. In past city council meetings, the town's councilpersons have either picked apart the Sidewalk Committee's proposal or just sat there, saying nothing. At the January 5 meeting, however, a citizen politely requested that City Council endorse the Sidewalk Committee's plan. so that the committee members would have a strong tool in its back pocket to use in raising the matching funds among the city's business, industry, club. and private sectors. Council not only refused to act on the citizen's request, but also stated that they ,had been working on the matter and "that speaks for itself." Hence, an endorsement from city government isn't necessary. The Council's failure to endorse the project poses as an obstacle in not only the Sidewalk Committee's work and creditability in the short-term, but also for starting-up more downtown beautification efforts in the long-term. Our news story on the meeting, which ran in last week's January 8 edition, apparently drew both praise and scorn Notably, City Council didn't like it. but the Sidewalk Committee did. As a result, a closer look at City Council and the project may now be in order, precisely "Why didn't the governmental body endorse it?" First of all. no Councilperson addressed the plan except one. I st Ward Councilperson William Grottendieck III. who reviewed, questioned, commented and criticized the Sidewalk Committee's $300.000 proposal. In general, he argued that the financial risk to the city is too great for the municipality to handle. Two other councilpersons Kay Moore and Jim Mencer were also present, with Lisa Smarr and Dennis Fitzpatrick being absent. Hence, the whole Council wasn't voting on this issue, or even discussing its merits an unusual situation in a small town. where. generally, people speak their minds. Why aren't those other city councilpersons not speaking up? Secondly, could the City Council's mum response over these past several months to the Sidewalk Plan reflects o.n the p l,3n itsel[. V'eIL iQust isn't any good, so why even commen oit? Maybe they think the plan which has'not  shown tO the public, doesn't add to the beai!0 ' .the town? If that is thecase, t.hna newplan.fiomJiffermatengineer or architect should df, be ordered, shouldn't it? But. no one has requested another drawing of the proposed improvements. (Based on the old Glenville Vision Plan's sketches, I'd expect the new sidewalks to reflect a little bit of the area's history and beauty: perhaps a Riverboat Era theme, some small trees, benches for pedestrians, buried utility lines, etc. Is that their vision too?) Thirdly, while every line item of the Sidewalk Committee's grant has been reviewed in City Council chambers, very little has been divulged about Glenville Utility's proposed major waterline project, which promises to tear up the streets from the College to the downtown area. More drastically, it is said that it will raise the customer's water and sewer rates. This means that we Glenville residents will have to pay more for our water and sewer. This issue wasn't even discussed by the council. So. on the one hand. while the Council is looking at every penny to be spent on a citizens-inspired sidewalk improvement project, it is not even. on the other hand. raising inquires about the financial impact on the city of the Glenville Utility's project. ( Councilman Grottendieck is chair of Glenville Utility.) Also, does Glenville Utility's Board have the vision to work with the Sidewalk Committee so that it's a win-win situation when the streets are torn up and put back in place, thereby preventing a duplication of expenses? Finally, if the City Council isn't speaking up on the Sidewalk issue before the general public and for this newspaper to report, then what are they saying about it behind closed doors? In general, for any democracy to be effective, it takes using the right of flee speech to make it happen. In this case. it would be highly recommended that each councilperson speak up on the issue, and not let just one person speak for all. 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