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71, Number 24 L @ @ Published By And For Gilmer County People GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY. WEST VIRGINIA Single Copy Price 15c Ilncl. Tax] ] Friday, March 7, 1975 of the Glenville got off to a slow start last Wednesday, Only 13 representatives afternoon meeting but who were either out of \ t Janet Deal town or handlin= pressing business advised Janet Deal, GBA organizer, they were interested in attending future meetings. Those present chose Bill Perry, proprietor of the Ben Franklin store, president of the group. Janet Deal, who led the discussion at the meeting and invited the group to form, was chosen secretary/treasurer. The group decid- ed to meet weekly at first, every Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. at the Conrad Restaurant banquet room. It was also agreed that the organization would list problems they face in common and decide on priorities for acting to eliminate those problems. Most members present agreed with Mrs. Deal, manager of the Sears Catalogue Store, that the organization was long overdue in forming and that it would provide a forum for cooperation in solving common problems and planning for the future. The group sees itself as a fledgling Chamber of Commerce including all area merchants and businesspersons, including GlenviUe State College and Kinney Shoe Corp. chairperson of the Festival committee, to Parkersburg last aylor to attend Artists and Craftsmens in part Virginia Arts and and the West of Commerce, to help organize and and festivals. The held at the Uptowner with such topics as a successful fair. meeting of the Fes~tival it was lerned Silverstein, county explained the necessity portable toilet facilities festivities. by 40 foot portable dance be built for the Festival usual, on Court Street to near the Conrad tee is currently materials. committee discussed exhibits. Exhibitors closed at 7 p.m., it was festival goers to enjoy _ mUsic and dancing ~llhad been previously persons would and required to their specialties. is trying to set up children's activities for the Festival. such as teaching crafts. Appalachian songs and dances. In addition, plans were discussed for a horseshoe pitching contest and a site for same. A parade committee were selected: Tom Luzader, chairman; Kathy Luzader, Ryan A. Luzader, Nancy Minney, and Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Fredin. inT's assisting :mJndmm servke Ten Gilmer County residehts who were recently certified as Emergency Medical Technicians met last Saturday, to organize a volunteer squad which will offer assistance to the full-time ambulance driver and attendants. Dr. James Piper, who called the members together, stressed the need for a second attendant to ride in the ambulance. The squad is setting up a schedule of hours when they will be on call to offer assistance. Any qualified EMT desiring to volunteer a day or night during the week is requested to call Lois Meseroii after 4 p.m. at 462-8142. All interested EMT's are invited to attend meetimzs at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday evening of every month. The next meeting will be held Monday, March 24, at the Gilmer County Medical Center on Mineral Rd. Barton, 80, of 215 N. Court St., just doesn't have these days. . 3 her regular quilting chores, keeping a lO-room reading four GSC boarders, tending her house plants, beaded pocketbooks, flower arrangements and f grandchildren, she's decided to make dolls for fun m a't hand puppets or little playthings. They're dolls,', replete with elegant light-weight velvet gowns coifh . began making the dolls before Christmas and a dozen small dolls for gifts. She has crafted six large spare time the last two months. g /m wRh ddk. Aoof~, March 6, Glenville residents are eligible to buy flood insm'amce pra4hlcti~ under the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program, it was announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD]. The city filed a flood insurance application last December 24. The deadline for enrolling in the program is July 1. According to surveys taken prior to application, there are 370 persons living within the flood zone, 116 family structures or 18 percent of the city's total, 64 small busines structures or 50 per cent of the city's total, and 47 other building, such as garages, tool sheds and out buildings. Glenville's flood plain takes up much of downtown and sections of residential areas of town along the Little Kanawha River and near Stewart's Creek. The flood protection insurance can be purchased from any licensed local property insurance agency or broker. The U.S. Fidelity and Guranty Company, 3324 McCorlde Ave. SE., Charleston, has been designated as the flood insurance servicing company for this area. Agents and brokers may obtain policy forms, rates, flood insurance manuals, and any other necessary information from this company. Since flood insurance is now available, the law requires that it must be purchased by property owners in the flood plain in order to be eligible for federal assistance for building purposes in those areas. This would include FHA or VAmortgages, loans from the Small Business Administration or loans from any federally regulated or supervised banks. l~igibility for the program required having a stringent local land-use code. The county, in order to qualify for flood insurance, would have to undergo similar zoning. Gilmer County has not taken steps to apply for that program, yet. The zoning, building code and land use laws are made to prevent indiscriminate new construction in high risk flood zones before individuals in Glenville are able to purchase flood insurance. The cost of the insurance is the same to anyone within the corporate limits of the city, although rates are different for commercial and residential structures. The cost for a homeowner to insure his house is $2.50 per $1,000 value; it is $3.50 per $1.00 value for the contents of the home. An individual insuring a $15,000 home in Glenville would pay $37.50 a year for the low-cost insurance. The maximum on the insurance is set at $35,000 for dwellings, $10,000 for contents, and at $100,000 for commercial buildings and $100,000 for contents. The insurance will carry a $200 deductible provision for any one claim on buildings, contents or both. The cast for commercial buildings is slightly higher at $4 per $1,000 value. The cost of insuring a commercial building for the maximum allowable ($100.000} would be $400 a year. Flood insurance is not available from private insurance companies. It is estimated that 80 per cent of the habitable land in West Virginia is subject to flooding. Most people who ~don't have insurance will have to depend on special disaster loans to rebuild if a flood strikes. ] I Jl I I assessment bill A new bill passed 27-O by the State Senate last week would require county assessors to get their assessments up to 50 per cent of appraised valuation of every individual piece of property. Under present law, it has been a practice to permit some assessments at lower than 50 per cent. as long as the average of all property in each class is as much as 50 per cent or more. State Tax Commissioner Richard L. Dailey said last week that he doesn't think the practice has been widespread. He added that he doesn't believe the change would mean a significant increase in revenues for counties. At least one Senate source said he thinks the bill would cause quite a shakeup in some counties that apparently have indulged in low assessments. Gilmer County Assessor Richard Stalnaker said property owners here have been charged 70 per cent assessment since September 4, 1973, a raise from 50 per cent which was in effect since 1966. Dailey said he welcomed the new legislation and said he would go further and require that all assessments be the same.not just above a percent. He said he is interested in getting an equitable system of taxation established in keeping with the State Constitution. Further action is required on the bill before it becomes law. "Everybody says I go just like a windstorm," says Mrs. Barton seated beside her dolls in a parlor splendid with blooming African violets and other flora. "I just like to make pretty things and I've been doing this kind of thing for many, many years," she said, steering her visitor around her laden quilting frame, seating him adrift hand-made pillows and comforters. Mrs. Barton's daughter, Pearl Sisk of Weston, brought a dream doll home and furnished her mother with a kit and book of instructions. Mrs. Barton zipped through that kit and sought others, traveling to Clarksburg and Bridgeport for materials such as 9x12 hairpieces, dress patterns, material, and dolly body and head pieces. She's already sold one doll to the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital gift shop, but would like to sell other dolls by special order according to the style and dress color preferred by individual customers. The dolls are put together by first fastening the arms to the torso and attaching the head to the silicone adhesive-filled torso and neck to hold up the heavy hair styles. The torso is then taped onto a gallon size Chlerox bleach bottle. The head is fitted with a styrofoam egg which holds the hairpiece. Doll dresses are made from a pattern and, when sewn together, fit over a nylon net underskirt. Sewing light velvet dresses can be troublesome to a novice, but Mrs. Barton can do it easily. The hair instructions require the most work, depending upon the style chosen. Mrs. Barton goes to great extremes preparing her doll hairpieces, even enlisting the aid of her beautician, Linda Bennett, for special teasing, curling and shaping. Some models require intricate carl sets which take an experienced hand to make. True to her style of doing things, Mrs. Barton assembled one doll, complete with hair piece and dress, in a single day. (Continued on Page S} Region VII oPProves requests for $1,424,600 i Three grant pre-applications total- ing $1,424,600 for Gilmer County, Glenville, and Sand Fork have been sent to the Housing and Urban Development {HUD) Pittsburgh office. All three grants were approved last week by the Gilmer County Planning Commission. In addition, letters of approval were attached to each pre-application written by James Marteney, director of Region VII Economic Development and Planning Agency in Buckhannon. The letters of approval were brought back from a regional meeting in Buckhannon by Billy Jean Summers, president of Gilmer County Court. Copies of the pre-applications were also filed with the State Clearing House in Charleston. By March 20, HUD should notify each applicant whether or not their development projects will be eligible for further consideration. If the pre-applications are approved, each applicant will have to continue filing procedures with in-depth applications, probably prepared by consulting engineering firms. One hundred per cent funding could be available to applicants by July 1. The pre-applications are brief descriptions of proposed municipal and county improvement projects. including a profile of each region applying, and carefully prepared cost estimates. The pre-applications were prepar- ed and researched by the County Planning Commision. They were approved by each sponsoring agency prior to being sent. At last week's meeting of CPC, the three pro-applications were presented for approval. David Alton, CPC member, described the $439,800 Emergency Services Proiect sponsored by County Court, combining needed programs for the county's volunteer fire department and ambulance service. It was unanimously approved. Mayor David Gillespie described to CPC members the city's $40g,500 Water and Sewer Improvement Project, citing again evidence that the city's 150,000 gallon capacity water tank is badly leaking and inadequate water and sewer lines imperil the city's water and sewer system. The CPC unanimously approved the city's grant pre-application. Dr. Ran Burke, CPC secretary and maior architect of the three pre-applications, read a description of Sand Fork's $485,300 Sewer Line Collection System Project. Although the proposal could not include construction of a sewage treatment plant, Dr. Burke felt the town could secure additional funding for the plant's construction through another federal agency. The CPC unanimously approved Sand Fork's pre-application" The importance of the Sand Fork proiect was underlined when it was learned that the sewer systems presently in use in that area are privately owned and constructed. In addition, the County Health Depart- ment has given Sand Fork Elementary~ School until August 15, 1976 to provide adequate sewer facilities or face closure. Joe Messina, CPC president, reminded the commissioners present that they have until March 31 to file an overall Economic Development Plan for Gilmer County with the FDA's Atlanta office. CPC must file the master plan or become automatically ineligible for any federal or state economic assistance. A planning committee of Messina, Alton, Burke and James Roten are preparing the plan. It will look at problem areas in the county, such as education, industry, recreation, health, transportation, housing and emergency services to determine whether basic improvements ar-e. needed. The committee will also elicit suggestions for improvements from~ various county-wide agencies as- sociated with these problem areas, such as the Board of Education, Parks Commission, Industrial Development Association and others. They hope to coordinate this information to determine new development goals and strategies for the future benefit of the entire county. In this way, any grants available from federal or state agencies could be matched up with development priorities agreed upon by the various agencies consulted in the plan. Each agency or group will be informed what funds and programs for funding could be made available to finance worthy projects, according to Messina. It was also learned that James Murphy resigned as ~ commission- er. The CPC will seek to fill his position with a member of the Board of Education. Local vets apply for service bonus Among the first local veterans to receive applications for Vietnam bonus payments were Wilbur Clark, Dennis Fitzpatrick, George Engleke, Ted Knicely and Billy Hite. They picked up there bonus applications and instructions from Patrick Reale, at l~odern Dry Cleaners, 7 N. Court St. Veterans who served in active duty for at least 90 days between August 1, 1964 and March 28, 1973, and who were discharged under honorable conditions will be entitled to a bonus. Those who served less than 90 days can also qualify if they were discharged with a service-connected disability. The amount of the bonus will depend on the length of service. Those who served in Vietnam will be entitled to $20 per month for each month of service, up to a maximum of $30o. In addition, a~ special provision of the law authorizes a bonus to veterans whose service ended before August 1. 1964. but only if the individual served in Vietnam. Eligible survivors of deceased veterans will be entitled to the bonus to which the veteran would have been entitled had they lived, but the survivors must be residents of West Virginia at the time they file an application to receive a payment. In those cases where the veteran died while in the service during the compensable period, the amount of the bonus will be $500. Eligible survivors include unremar- ried spouses, or if none, any children under the age of 18, or if none, any parent. Vet., picking up bonus applications from Patrick Reale [1] are: Wilbur Clark, Dennis Fdzpatrick. George Engelke, Ted Knicely, and Billy Htte. Vietnam duty is not required for bonus applica~.