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February 13, 1976     The Glenville Democrat
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February 13, 1976

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I @ @ A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For GUmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] t GLENVILLE, GILIVlER COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday, February 13, lit'/@ '1 II present mayor of early this enter the primary for the House in his bid, Moran "would devote my to the im- development of and cultural fOund in the four Which comprise the The district Braxton, Gilmer, a member of the Methodist Church administrative also served as a Wesley Foundation sons; John M. , Charles, and Garrett, a Moran is a and "anxious the 23rd Delegate |ohn M. Moran WHEN ASKED about his per- formance as Mayor of Burnsville, he replied, "I helped put the town on a business-like basis." Burnsville now has the needed services of an Emergency Medical Services Building in addition to ambulance facilities. He also told the Democrat that "A new library has been ap- proved and is nearing construction. The library will house many and diversified book categories valued at $8,000." Work on a playground Chairman, Billy B. This particular resolution was s House passed out by the Committee on February 2nd, Finance with recommendation for Congress of the passage. It became effective upon a Convention for passage February 5. proposing an Several other states have already United States adopted resolutions of this type. a balaac provides- for "the resolution to the !U.s. Senate and the U.S. House of well as the West of Congress." Wright, of Reaser, of Sand filed for County upcoming May 11 for County extended by the Pebruary 27. of Troy, has filed Member. The county offices February 7. office on are: Clark R. It. Kirkpatrick for was in Main the church many to donate Gilmer County the vital fluid. was sponsored High School Baptist Church. Sister, "the to Gilmer County a year. It is Program that "usually the a lot of blood because of that ere coln The 'the college about not only but also help out the staff facility is slated to begin when the weather becomes more favorable. The playground will include rides for children, two tennis courts, a basketball court and a shelter with sanitary facilities. Bike and jogging trails are also planned. During his term as Mayor, Moran declared that he has "instituted an office that is manned six days every week and a seven day police operation being served by five of- ficers." of the people in the more "donors were that the next Comes to town and good cause." In Braxton County Moran has served on committees for the Recreational Development Authority, the County Extension Service, Salt Lick Watershed Association, Area Development and the Fair Association. Active in civic affairs for many years, including the boy scouts, he is a member of the Burnsville Lions Club having served two terms as President and is acting presently as Secretary. Register to Vote! Mrs. Davidmm, Clerk of the County Commission, reminds all persons 18 years of age and over that all voters must,be registered on or before April 12 in order to vote in the May Primary Election. budget, and a strong fiscal position." Burke also explained that "it should be mandatory that we reduce our national debt. This effort would make the budget process in the United States identical to the State of West Virginia, where we would spend the only money we had." file Sheriff; J. W. Perrill for Prosecuting Attorney: Roger N. Kennedy and Richard Stalnaker for Assessor; Nelson Garrett for County Commis- sioner: and Nelson Reed, Robert W. Minigh and Tom Reaser for Magistrate. On the Republican ticket: Lo- gretha Keesecker and Willard "Hap" Wright for Magistrate. For the Board of Education {non-partisan): Sammy Reese, Robert E. Fox, Donald Cornell, C.M. Bailey and Leon Ellyson. Ron Gregory, of Glenville, filed last week as a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates in the 23rd District. Gregory ran for the House of Delegates once before and also entered the last county election for Circuit Clerk. Planning to go "house-to-house'" campaigning, Gregory said he would like to have a "bi-pertisian campaign committee in our four-county district." Gregory claims he is the only Republican who has filed for the House of Delegates in District 23, "'I don't think any other Republican candidate has filed." One thing Gregory says worries him is "secrecy in the government. After experiencing the Watergate incident, we should have learned enough to stop government secrets at the local level. "One thing I would like to do, ff elected, is to open all committee meetings to the public. Party caucuses should also be opened for public inspection." says Gregory. "I just don't like the way the committee meetings are closed to the public." ! Bloodmobile nurse and GCHS helpers prepare students for blood donation. DOH workers have fixed potholes along Rt. 5. The road will also be widened two feet on each side. Culverts and shoulders are being placed on sides of Rt. 5. YY In last week's Glenville City Council meeting, Mayor Davidson informed Council that he "'wants to stay on as mayor of Glenville and has no plans of running for County Magistrate." What prompted the decision was that "the citizens want" him as "mayor more than Magistrate." and he "felt he could better serve the people in the capacity of mayor." In other action. Council approved receiving five GSC students for employment under the GSC Employ- ment Program {CSEP). Funds for the program will be provided by the Manpower Division of the Office of Federal-State Relations. The students The mayor said that ~only West Virginia residents may participate and must be between ages of sixteen and 25. The program is to provide a maximum of twenty hours of work per week. A 60-Hour Law Enforcement Course will be held at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center starting Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. A meeting will be held each Monday and Wednesday thereafter with the last meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 14. There is no cost for the program. Council approved sending officers to the meetings. will receive $2.20 an hour and all student participants must meet the same criteria as students employed under the college work-study program. The 300,000 gallon water tank cost and construction was estimated at $122.000 plus $11.400 for engineering If approved by HUD, Gilmer County may get $1.5 million in grants under the HUD Community Develop- ment Grant program. Glenville's share of the grant. $155.000. will be used for a proposed public water-sewer improvement project. Before being accepted and approved by HUD. proposals must first be approved by local and county planning commissions, then the Region VII Planning and Development Council and finally the Federal-State Relations Board. According to Glenville Mayor Delbert Davidson. Glenville's proposal was not approved by the Region VII Planning Council. In fact. Glenville's proposal was given a third priority ranking, the lowest a proposal can receive. Mayor Davison and a delegation of county officials met with the Executive Director of Region VII Planning Council. James D. Marteney, to discuss the proposal's importance further. Going with the mayor were Del. Billy Burke. Dr. Ronnie Burke, County Commission President. Billie Jean Summers. Sand Fork Mayor Carl Carr, Supt. Ron Welty and James Roten. President of the Gilmer Planning Commission. As a result of the meeting. Region VII Planning Council changed their decision and approved the Glenville proposal giving the project a "top priority ranking." Last July a series on Rt. 5 was investigated and written by Stan Messeroll. What prompted the series was much concern expressed by area residents about the road conditions along Rt. 5 and the series was written to answer their many questions. Route 5, at that time, was called "an obstacle course" with dozens of SliDS. potholes and broken pavement. The 16-m e stretch of road from Glenville to the interstate is one of the busiest and heaviest traveled roads in Gilmer County. Accidents occured On Rt, 5 because of its deplorable condition. The upgrading of Rt. 5 seemed to many as an "unkept promise." Money was budgeted to repave the road. but not all of the money was used for the project. Since July, because of many inquiries and complaints. Rt. 5 was repaired. But due to weather conditions and to the number of vehicles traveling on the road, the pavement once again became marred by numerous potholes, cracks and bumps. Many residents noticed, however, that the State Department of Highways has already started repairs on the road. Mr. Randal Billet, Maintenance Engineer for DOH in Weston, said that "'an extensive resurfacing project was planned to repave Rt. 5. "The project will start where Junction 28 at Truebada meets Rt. 5, and will go east to Route 40, west of Stouts Mills." Biller explained that "Rt. 5 will be widened two feet on each side, it will be repaved for strength 9nd a drainage system will also be installed." The contracting job was awarded to Kenton Meadows and the repaying will be "done in the Spring." The project has already been started. When the weather permits, DOH workers can be seen putting in Rt. 5. According to Biller, the Gilmer County DOH was told to 'TLx the potholes along Rt. 5 with a coal mixture." Biller said "the coal mixture is only a temporary repair and the work started February 5." Major repavement on the stretch of road will be done in the Spring when the weather is better. But some of {he potholes and cracks have been filled-in and driving is much better on the road. costs. The total cost would be $133,400. If the proposal is approved by HUD, Glenville will get $155.000 for the project. Mayor Davidson said that "four firms bidded for the project, but engineers from VTN of Charleston, got the job." The mayor said "the decision was not based on the lowest bidder." Usually, Mflam Engineering does the work for the city, according to Davidson. Council aplc)roved Mable Wolfe. Edna Montgomery, Rev. Jay Sister, Mrs. John White and Mrs. B.C. Murphy for the election board for the special election for renewal of the municipal levy to raise money to repair curbs and streets. Mayor Davidson said the "'without renewing the municipal levy, there would be no money available to repair the curbs and streets. The levy will not increase taxes." Mayor Davldson expressed his "'appreciation and thanks to the county officials for their support, especially Del. Burke and Dr, Burke." Next, the Glenville proposal went to the Federal-State Relations in Charleston for approval. The State Clearinghouse reviewed GlenviUe's community and development preappli- cation for federal assistance under the Housing and Community development Act of 1874. "and found the proposal to be consistent with overall State plans and obiectives. '" The public water-sewer improve. ment project needs HUD's approval now and if approved Glenvflle will receive $155.000 for the water tank.