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Page 4A The Glcnville l)emocrat/gathfindcr -- Thursday, February 12, 2009 County Commission on 911, Rec Center, Clean-Up cont'd ... Continued from page 1A Mr. Rowan indicated that the county needs to have an ordinance in place covering wrecker service rotation. even though there is currently only one wrecker service in Gilmer Count. President Chapman asked Mr. Rowan if he would fax a copy of Lewis County's similar ordinance to Gilmer County Clerk Beverly Marks, and it would be placed on the agenda for the next regular meeting. Commissioners also asked Mr. Rowan if he is salaried as the Emer- gency Services Director. He informed the commissioners that he works as Emergency Services Director for a set salary based on a flat ten hours per week. no matter how many hours he actually puts into that position. He has no assistant: however, he stressed he does have a volunteer Deputy Di- rector. Mr. Rowan went on to express his pride and appreciation of the employ- ees at the Lewis-Gilmer 911 Center. Who named that road? Dave Matthews was present to give an update on the 911 mapping and naming of the roads in Gilmer County. He confirmed that all county roads have been named, and all private roads with two or more residences have also been named. Commissioner Kennedy informed Mr. Matthews regarding complaints he had heard. While campaigning last year for his commission seat. he heard many com- plaints from Gilmer County citizens regarding the changing of road names. Most were disconcerted on the matter that a particular road had a particular name for many, many years: however, now it has a new name. Many wanted the old road name back. Mr. Matthews informed Commis- sioner Kennedy that several roads within the county originally held the same name. so the road with the most residences kept the original name. He also advised that there should be no complaints because the matter of renaming roads was advertised for quite an extended period to allow public input. Mr. Matthews. furthermore, stated thai if there were a publ.ic meeting held regarding a county road name. the name of that road cannot be changed. Gilmer County Clerk Beverly Marks asked Mr. Matthews if she would be receiving new county maps, with the new road names listed. He responded that the State would not do that. Their maps do not provide road names: however, he was willing to work on making one lor her. Ms. Marks explained that she uses it for issues of voter :egistration loca- tions. Mr. Matthews volunteered that he can add precincts to the map, if the Clerk's Office has the information digitally stored. Ms. Marks told him it was not. Mr. Matthews quickly offered to do some investigating, but felt he may be able to outline voting precincts freehand. Rec Center News Darrell Ramsey, Managing Direc- tor of the Gilmer County Recreation Center. appeared before the commis- sioners, and began with showing them a slideshow presentation'of the re- modeled rooms in the Center's cab- ins. The Commissioners agreed unani- mously that the renovations were vast improvements. Mr. Ramsey.let the commissioners know thai the air-conditioning unit for the dining hall was still on the assembly line in Kentucky. with the delay attributed to loss of power to the fabricating factory caused by recent ce storms in that area. He also informed them that some- one had gotten into the room under the dining hall. stayed for a period of time, and had turned offthe heat when they left. This caused the water line to freeze. A water line gasket in the kitchen also ruptured, but has since been repaired. Rec Center Events Mr. Ramsey gave a brief calendar of events scheduled at the Rec Center facilities for the next several weeks. Glenville Community Church is holding a Valentine's Dinner on Sat., Feb. 14, the gun show is scheduled for the third weekend in February, the DRIVE DOWN " OUR PREMIUMS. ........ See me today arid get th disouitg and service you deserve, l/ Dan Johnsen,,em 34 E Main Street Eien'ille. WV 2351 Bus: 304-452-7C0 dan.johnson.bwee',-,stat'fa rm.corn II l'00'l ['-'"-'U LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, STATE FAILM 1S THERE:  statefarm,o# I Red Hat ladies are holding their meet- ing there on Thurs., Feb. 12. and the West Virginia Trappers Assoc. is back for the first weekend in March. Mr. Ramsey also divulged his ten- tative plans to schedule a Demolition Derby in September. He hopes to hold it in conjuncnon with the Firemen's Rodeo. thereby teaming up with the Fire Department in the Derby ven- ture He indicated that the event would be on a larger scale than usually held at the Rec Center. and would need their assistance. The Fire Department and the Rec Center would also equally share the profits of that venture Rumbling at the mtg. President Chapman mentioned that the Rec Center Board had decided not to put a trailer on Rec Center grounds to house a security officer. Mr. Ramsey agreed, and was then confronted by Commissioner Kennedy. Commissioner Kennedy asked Mr. Ramsey if he had. indeed, polled the Rec Center Board members to hear their position on the matter of the trailer, as Mr. Ramsey had told Kennedy on an earlier datel Mr. Ramsey stated, "yes. all except one Board member." to which Com- missioner Kennedy bluntly informed him that if they were to work together harmoniously, then he needed to hear the truth. Mr. Ramsey plainly stated he had told the truth, to which Commissioner Kennedy expressed that he did not. going on to explain that a few of the Center's Board members informed him that they did not recall Mr. Ram- sey soliciting any input from them. Mr. Ramsey re_plied that he had spoken to all of the.Board members by phone, with the exception of an ill Board member. President Chapman proceeded to advise Mr. Ramsey that it was im- proper procedure to conduct Board business via phone conversations. At that time, Mr. Ramsey vowed to bring up ideas, or matters of interest, to the Rec Center's Board members only at the monthly meetings. In turn. Commissioner Kennedy informed Mr. Ramsey that he may need to poll Board members at some point in time. and to never say never. Good-bye to a Piece of History? Commissioner Kennedy asked Mr. Ramsey about the Old White House on the Rec Center grounds, currently that the deadline in March was too close for proper generation of the grant request, as well as the required letters of support from Department heads for the written grant. Commissioners agreed they should look forward to the 2010 grant cycle; and start planning now for the grant request for courthouse security. County-Wide Clean-Up Commissioner Kennedy asked the other commissioners how long it had been since there was a joint effort at a county-wide clean,up. He also wanted to know what kind of organization is needed for such an event, and what the cost would be to the county. Commissioner Kennedy agreed to contact Mrs. Donna Waddell. with the Gilmer County FRN. to provide him with any information of assistance pos- sible. Mrs. Waddelt has helped facili- tate county-wide clean-ups in the past. President Chapman suggested that he speak to Gilmer County Surveyor Rick Sypolt to get the date and time for the next Solid Waste Authority meet- ing. Commissioner Kennedy also asked the other commissioners if there would be some way to coordinate with the Regional Jail, or other community or- ganizations, for regular county road clean-ups. Sheriff Mickey Metz offered that an on-duty deputy could not supervise a work crew of inmates: however, the county could pay an off-duty officer, if the funds would be available. Commissioner Kennedy interjected that he felt road clean-ups do not hold the priority that they should. He wants to see a program in place for a regular road clean-up crew. President Chapman gave his input witfi some suggestions, ann mat any- one interested ought to meet with the Solid Waste Authority. The general consensus among the commissioners was that it needed to be an orchestrated effort in order to be productive. Updates from the Sheriff Sheriff Mickey Metz informed com- missioners that the only barrier to fin- ishing repairs to the evidence room. which was damaged in a fire last year, was that new carpet had not been in- stalled. He also informed commissioners that he had not received a report on the Area Briefs con t'd... Continued from page IA Gilmer County Historical Society to meet on Thurs., Feb. 26 At noon on Thurs.. Feb. 26. the Gilmer County Historical Society will meet tbr its monthly luncheon meeting, President Marion Reed has announced. The Society's members will see the unveiling of Gilmer County's "History Day at the Legislature" Exhibit. along with conducting other business at this informal gathering. For more information, contact Mrs. Reed at 304-462-4002. Windjammer to continue to pro- vide TV cable service in Gilmer A Florida-based cable operator told the state Public Service Commission that it has decided not to turn off service to its Gilmer County subscribers. according to the Charleston-area press. It was not immediately clear how Windjammer Communication's decision would affect the 2.658 customers served by 19 other rural cable systems it owns in the state. the Charleston press. Windjammer had informed the PSC in January that it would suspend its Gilmer C'Jnty operations on February 17. when broadcast transmissions were to switch from analog to digital. The system no longer would be economically viable, given its age and condition, the company said. Congress has since postponed the switch to June. Windjammer obtained the Gilmer County franchise last year from Time Warner. It was one of several cable systems in West Virginia and in 24 other states that the Palm Beach Gardens. FL-based company purchased from Time Wa,ner. "There'are some in West Virginia, there are some in Ohio and in a couple of other places." said Windjammer Communications Executive Director Tim Evard. "Basically, these cable systems need to be completely rebuilt." Evard estimated that less than ten percent of the 80.000 former Time Warner customers will lose service. In a January 20 notice to its Gilmer County customers. Winjammer said it hoped to sell the system, and asked subscribers if they were "aware of anyone who may have an interest in acquiring t. Windjammer told the PSC it planned to continue serviceto its 19 subscrib- ers in Gilmer County until its franchise expires in August. 2011. The company also asked the PSC to cancel next week's hearing on its original request. cause of the fire from the State Fire Marshal's Office; however, he believed the fire started, due to a chemical reac- tification cards would be to allow quick identification and dissemina- tion of pertinent information in the case of a missing child alert, etc. Sheriff Metz also has ordered a digital fingerprinting system, which would also provide fingerprinting of children for the sake of identifica- tion. Farewell, Excellent [)eputy! Sadly, Deputy Jimmy Moss will be retiring at the end of March. He will remain part-time until mid- April, when Deputy Benton Huffman returns from the state's academy. The Sheriffs Office plans on hold- ing a retirement party for him closer to his retirement date. Miscellaneous Commissioners signed a certified Development Community Resolution. Each year, the County Commission must appoint one county agency as a lead grant developer in order for the Gilmer County EDA to apply for grants. Commissioners unanimously agreed on the Gilmer County EDA as the lead grant developer for the county. Farewell and Recognition The County Commission presented retiring Circuit Clerk of Courts. Lane Smith. with a framed Certificate of Recognition for his many years of diligent service to the county and its people. being utilized by Head Start. He tion brought about by old evidences wanted to know if the house can be samples leaking and interacting. College seeks to help city cont'd removed from the National Register of Historic Landmarks.  Mr. Ramsey informed him that it can be removed from the register only through a written request. The request does not have to be made by the same individual who requested itbe placed on the registry. The White House. which was the Sheriff-Metz asked the commission- e- if they woul ]10wJhe Sheriffs Office to use the old Gilmer County EDA office space, which is curre.ntly vacated. It is in the old jail builling directly below their current office, and the first floor office would be more convenient for booking, and much safer. He also related that this would allow two offices for the deputies' use. Continuedffom page, 1A --,-, ........ itor.JJl goJ,,Glenvitle'?" and envisions some "green space" here as a beautification effort. "We could tear down some of these old buildings, and set them aside for green space." he envisioned. Finally, he stressed that Dr. Barr' motives were pure. and were aimed County's Poor Farm facility during the greater part of the 20th century, is in dire need of repairs and/or remod- eling, but there are currently no state or federal funds available for the work needed. Repairs, renovations, or deconstruction can proceed without any legal ramifications, once the old house is removed from the register. Courthouse Security The matter of the Courthouse Secu- rity Grant was brought up. It was the consensus among the commissioners M.EDICAL President Chapman recommended that the commission allow the Sheriffs Office use of that office space, and the decision was unanimous. The Sheriff let the commissioners know that he had already ordered the new photo identification system to use for concealed weapons permits, and also plans on using it to generate iden- tification cards for children in the county. The intent of making children's iden- Continued in column to the right only at drawing in more students to the college and improving the com- munity. After that. Dr. Barr. who has been GSC's president for three years, stood up and addressed the Council, par- ticularly lamenting, "I've noticed that there are many eyesores in getting to Glenville along SR 5. This hurts our initiatives to attract retirees and stu- dents to the Glenville area. Continuing, he notes, "When visi- tors see this, they say, 'What are we I D.IRECTORY At that point, the College's Presi- dent extended a helping hand to the city: "Our students can help rehab these (neglected) houses, if the own- ers can't afford the expense. Or. we can help to tear down the abandoned properties." In addition, he promised that the" College could do its fair share in pro- viding matching monies for any of the city's beautification grants. Finally, he ended by stressing, "Gilmer Cotinty and Glenville are beautiful places, but some eyesores just need to come down." City Council took no action on this request, but the determined pair gave them much to think about. (Editor's Note: The City Council meeting's proceedings will be contin- ued in next week's issue.) Golden Glow Without Dangerous Rays (NAPSA)-You can have a natu- ral-looking, golden glow anytime of the year-and you don't have to risk exposing your skin to dan- gerous rays to achieve it. Exposure to harmful UV rays can have dire effects on the health and appearance of your skin. Ac- cording to the Skin Cancer Foun- dation, despite the high risks as- sociated with sun exposure, nearly 30 million people use tanning beds in the U.S. every year, and new tanning beds emit doses of ultra- violet radiation that can be up to 12 times stronger than the natural sun. In fact, exposure to tanning beds before age 35 increases mela- noma risk by 75 percent. The good news is that there is a safe alternative for achieving a sun-kissed glow out of a bottle. Here's how: "Choose a product with gentle, natural ingredients that let you build your color to flawlessly en- hance your own skin tone," states New York City-based beauty edi- tor Courtney Dunlop. More good news is that you are no longer stuck with just one shade. A product like the Aveeno Con- tinuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion for all Skin Tones features a patented dial dispenser with five settings for individual color customization. This unique dial lets you choose how light or dark you want the glow to be. You even have the option to gradually build color. The daily lotion combines natu- ral soy and chicory extract with a color enhancer to even skin tone and texture while gradually deep- ening the skin's natural color and keeping it hydrated for a full 24 hours. Learn more about how to achieve radiant-looking skin at aveeno, com. You can have radiant, glowing and healthy skin if you avoid tan- ning beds and wake up to the idea of sunless tanning. MINNIE HAMILTON HEALTH SYSTEM 809 Mineral Road, Glenville, WV 26351 NEW HOURS: M.F 7:30.6 p.m., Sat 7:30-5 p.m., 304-462-7322 FAMILY DOCTOR Little Kanawha Family Medicine Dr. Hilary Miller, D.0.. M.P.H. For appointments, please call 462-7460 604 West Main Street, Glenville. WV 26351 HOSPITALS Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital 230 Hospital Plaza Weston 269-8000 OPTOMETRY (EYE) Dr. Mark Cinalli College and Howard Streets Glenville 462-5366 PHYSICAL THERAPY Gassaway Glenville Physical Therapy Specialists, Inc. GS'C Physical Education Bldg. Kevin Boring, MPT Glenville 462-8933 i Minni Hamilton H,Gatth Sgstem 809 Mineral Road Suite One Glenville, WV 26351 Monday -Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A New Era of Caring Grantsviile Operations Dental Office Glenville Office 354-9244 354-6144 462-7322 LITTLE KANAWHA FAMILY MEDICINE Dr. Hilary Miller, D.O., M.P.H. Board Certified in Family Medicine Office hours: Monday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tues. - Wed. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thurs. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ./f The office will be CLOSED on Feb. 16 in , observance of President's Day. \\;i J For appointments, please call 462-7460 ',_:>.,l v - 604 West Main Street, Glenville. WV 26351 b We need new listings for this special section call 462-7309