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The Glenville Democrat [17, Number 3 (ISSN 0746.5890) Gleflville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Single Copy Price-35 cents (33 cents plus tax) Pub, shed By and For Gilmer County People Thursday, January 17, 1991 to 911 >?i :k takes a call in the new communications room. The move has enabled Lee and regain control of their living room where the dispatch center was previously located. er dispatch has new home Sheri ffKcnncth announced the es- a new communi- in the County witha twenty-four room is a part of to :meet State and Terry y Jailers, living room operation. Over- came they lffien room to call emergency services. The new communications room, which is located adjacent to the jail quarters on the second floor, is staffed 'round the clock by full- time employees working eight- hour shifts. The dispatcher is also responsible for checking on the prisoners throughout the night every 15 to 20 minutes as required a communications center. Smith stated that, with the im- provements at the jail, Gilmer County is now able to house pris- oners from Nicholas County which provides $40 per day per prisoner. The money generated by housing out-of-county prisoners, he ex- plained, covers the expense of the by law. Additional phones have been added to the system, and as Smith explains, in the case of a flood or any other emergency situation, they have the facilities and equip- ment to establish a command post using an adjacent room to serve as Gilmer County Commission turns to Byrd for assistance with flood control With the results of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service study on flood control on the Little Ka- nawha River now available, Ed Talbott, chairman of the Gilmer County Watershed Authority, re- ported to the Gilmer County Com- mission that the only recourse available now is to seek assistance from a member of the West Vir- ginia Congressional delegation in Washington. Consequently, the County Commission has written a letter to Sen. Robert Byrd request- ing his assistance in the flooding problems of the county. (See "In- tercepted Letters" on page 2.) The findings of the "Upper Little Kanawha River Watershed Preapplication Planning Report" as prepared by the Soil Conserva- tion Service (SCS) were recently revealed to the public. Of the sev- eral alternatives for flood control studied, the SCS did not find one which could be recommended for SCS funding due to the benefit/ cost (B/C) ratio requirement of I to 1 which none of the alternatives meet• In the introduction to the Re- port, the SCS concludes: "The study determined that no struc- tural or nonstructural project measure, which could be implcmentable under PL 83-566, are feasible• No further action under this program is recom- mended." The report concludes as follows: "The SCS will continue to provide technical assistance through the SCD (Soil Conserva- tion District) to farmers and land- owners on erosion control and additional staff to man the room. proper management of land and At prccnt there are three prison-  water rcsources Technical assis- ers from Nicholas County in the tance will also be provided tolocal Gilmer County Jail. governments, which request guidance in providing erosion and According to the report, "The evaluation was developed using existing data, field surveys, and personal interviews. Data used during the study included eco- nomics, soils, vegetation, envi- ronmental, engineering, hydro- logic, topographic, and geologic. Field surveys were conducted in 1988 by a private consultant under contract to SCS, who also provided a topographic map. The surveys were used to obtain current data on the shape, size and features of the Little Kanawha River;, and to locate homes, businesses, and other properties to determine their potential to flood. They were also used to prepare a topographic map of the flood plain. Personal inter- views were conducted to determine the historical flood damage expe- rienced by watershed residents and businesses during previous floods•" A summa including excerpts of the SCS Report follows. The SCS office and the Gilmcr Public Library will soon have complete copies of the report available to the public• Findings of the "Upper Little Kanawha River Watershed Preapplication Planning Report" "The Upper Little Kanawha River Watershed was selected for study because of an urgent need to evaluate the impacts of flooding, and to formulate alternative solu- tions." This watershed, made up o f sections ofGilmer, Braxton and "The 500-year flood would cause damage in excess of $15,000,000. The November 1985 flood was even more severe than a 500-year flood," and was the worst flood experienced in the water- shed. "Major flooding has occurred along the Upper Little Kanawha River at least 15 times in this century." Flood Stages and Dates November 1985 36.5 December 1978 28.9 January 1978 29.8 December 1972 28.3 December 1969 28.1 March 1967 34.5 February 1957 30.2 December 1956 29.2 February 1951 31.2 June 1950 31.1 August 1943 30.7 April 1939 33.2 February 1939 29.8 November 1926 33.6 March 1918 31.7 "The flooding problem in the Upper Little Kanawha Watershed has been modified significantly by the Bumsville Dam, which was completed in 1976 .... However, a flood as large as the 100-year llood will cause sigmficant dam- age. The flooding problem in Glenville is further corrlicatcd by the backwater effect of Lead- ing Creek." Inventory and Forecasting "Riverbanks are, in genqral, steep and welt vegetated with tim- Of e new communications operation, County Commission President Larry Chapman said, "It's the next best thing to 911." ters donate $500 to 4-H leaders ;, a charter member , Coonhunters a $500 County 4-H last Monday As- money was accu- € fees for United field trials and d members of the Coonhunters Association wanted to donate the money to a worthy cause in the community and to place it close to the landowners whose land they use for hunts. He added that the coonhunters wish to express their thanks to the land- owners for allowing the hunters to trespass upon their property. Members of the Association hope to be able to make a contribu- tion annually. Suzie Kirkpatrick, president of the 4-H Leaders Association, ac- cepted the check in behalf of her group. Both she and Connie Cole, extension agent, commented on the increasing costs of going to 4- H Camp and the need for schol- arships. Cole added, "We'll put it to good use." Picture on Page 7 (::: -: ::::. are, from left, Carl Carr, Vernita Moyers, George Frymier, and Richard Dorsey of Terry Chichester. Traffic was backed up for about half an hour while EMTs and the injured. escape serious injury in head-on crash Chicbester from the Ford pick-up truck he was driving. The driver of the other vehicle involved, a Chevy Blazer, was Connie Grogg. Chichester, Grogg and Mike Chaddock, who was a passenger in the C'hichester ve- hicle, were taken to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. Chaddock was later transported to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg. All three have since been released. Glenville Police Chief Charles Davis is in charge of the investiga- tion. • @ "may have been a :)n on West f last Friday. for the Gilmer use the to free Terry sediment controls for construction activity." In its study of each of the al- ternatives, the SCS calculated the B/C based on the average annual benefits of the project compared to the average annual cost. The County Commission points out in its letter to Byrd that neither the SCS or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have considered recre- ation, water quality and future economic development in their calculations of benefits. It is the feeling of the members of the Commission that the only chance Gilmer County has to qualify for federal assistance is to include those items in the B/C ratio and take advantage of the "disadvan- taged area" designation for which the county might qualify.. At the request of the Gilmer County Commission and the Gilmer County Farm Bureau shortly after the devastating flood of November 1985, the SCS be- gan the study in 1987 working in cooperation with the Gilmer County Watershed Association• GSC students charged in computer theft Chad Coon of Spencer and Eric Santee of Reedy, both students at Glenville State College were ar- rested last Wednesday and charged with destruction of property, breaking and entering, and grand larceny in connection with the theft of computer and other electronic equipment from the office of Mountain Views earlier this month. According to Glenville Police Chief Charles Davis, two others have been implicated in the theft. On the morning of January 5, Harriet Whipkey, publisher of Mountain Views, entered her Morris Street office to discover a Macintosh computer, laser printer, modem, answering machine, telephone and VCR were missing. Only the VCR has been recovered. City Patrolman J. W. Moss is in charge of the investigation. Coon and Santee were each re- leased on $7,000 bond. No date has yet been set for arraignment and preliminary hearings. Lewis Counties, as well as a small area of Doddridge County, in- cludes the Little Kanawha River from the Bumsville Dam to the mouth of Leading Creek; This length of the river is about 23.7 miles. Major tributaries are Lead- ing Creek and Sand Fork, the largest, and Oil Creek, Saltlick Creek and Stewarts Creek. "The Upper Little Kanawha River Basin is primarily a forested watershed with 79.2 percent of the land in woodland. The next largest land use is pasture with 16.1 per- cent. Hayland and cropland are 2.3 and 0.7 percent of the land use, respectively. The remaining 1.7 percent is in surface mining, urban us, roads, etc.'" Problems and Opportunities "Floodwater damage to prop- erty is estimated to average $382,300 annually .... Damage from a 100-year frequency flood (a flood with a 1 percent chance of occurrence each year) could be substantial. It is estimated that a storm of this magnitude would cause about $7,866,2(X) in flood damages .... Flooding above the first floor would occur at 38 resi- dences, 49 businesses and three 9ublic buildings. her ranging from pole size to ma- ture stands above normal "water level. Below water level, stream banks are unprotected and subject to stream bank erosion .... Al- though the Little Kanawha River water quality is affected by sedi- ment and domestic wastes, its water quality is considered very good and supports abundant fish life and other aquatic organisms.. "The city of Washington, Dis- trict of Columbia, has been inves- tigating the possibility of con- struction of a new prison. The con- struction and operation of a major prison facility in this area will have a significant impact on the socioeconomic conditions of the watershed and the surrounding area. "Many new homes would be needed. New businesses would come into operation, and old ones would expand. More public ser- vices would be demanded. Should this come about, there will bc sio- nificant pressure to develop tlae area. Proper flood plain mana,,e- ment through regulation and en- forcement would prevent need- less increases in future flood dam- ages." Continued on Page 7 , DOt00UOe ,J LEWI6 GILMER BRAXTON WEBSTER The above map sllows the area covered by the SCS study of the Upper Little Kanavha River Watershed.