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Page 4 The Glenviile Democrat Thursday, March 26, 2009 Glenville getting prepared for 'Design Team' Continued from page 1 about the Design Team. "We can pro- for Gilmer County and Glenville. This vide the experience and expertise that initial team of three people came to TashuaAllman. acommitteemem- you can't provide yourselves. It's a town unannottnced, looked over the bet and write-in candidate for mayor, good partnership between WVU and area. talked to the people, took a lot of stated. "The Sidewalk Gang Commit- Gilmer County." photographs, and compiled a detailed tee advanced this idea. so that we can He.went on to note that under the powerpointoftheir"firstimpressions" make the downtown nice looking for Recruitable Communities program, of our area. the Design Team's visit." the Design Team has evaluated 35 The Design Team has this report to Glenville Second Ward Councilp- West Virginia counties or communi- familiarize themselves with Glenville erson Kay Moore. a volunteer herself, ties already. "A lot of these communi- and the area. added. "This project is getting valu- ties have been adversely affected by Ms. Hanham stated that the First able cleaning work accomplished." neglect." he observed. "We'll help Impressions Team provided a fresh. Her granddaughter, 12-year-oldyou identify your needs, and. then. unbiased perspective of the area in Gwen Jones. also came up with a tell- bring in an architect, city planner, or order to raise the public's awareness of ing observation. "This downtown any other type of specialist needed to our strengths and weaknesses. clean-up is pulling the whole town solve your problems." As an initial five-minute evaluation. together. As to this week's visit. Dr. Schaeffer they liked Glenville. in particular. They In an overviewofwhatwasachieved outlines that Friday is used for the noted that it was a college town. situ- in clean-up that afternoon, local real- team to get to know the community, ated in a rural pastoral area, and a good torandSidewalkGangvolunteer.Mary The outcome of this public meeting place to call "home." Lee McPherson. affirmed. "This is will be to generate sketches of what On the other hand. their initial nega- absolutely wonderful. I am more than can be done and some directions on tive views were that there's a lack of happ5 to be here with this upbeat group how the community can get there, definition between Gilmer County and of volunteers. And. with about 20 Then. Saturday will be a presenta- Glenville city proper. In addition, the people, what a great turnout for this tion by the Design Team of their ini- downtownisrundown;GSC, theLittle community project." tial findings, be said. but quickly add- Kanawha River. and the downtown Moreover. with the debris being ing, "The Team is the beginning of are "hidden assets" from the visiting mostly cinders and sand. the city's your community improvement, not public: the retailers downtown don't street supervisor. Stanley Starcher. is the solution; that's up to you." connect with college students' needs; storing it for fill-in use later. What facts does the Team there are too many large commercial What the Design Team does! have? signs downtown; and more attention On 'February 17. Dr. Peter V. At the same February 17 meeting, needs to be given to improving the Schaeffer, aWVUProfessor of Public Alison Hanham. of the WVU Exten- overall appearance of the community. Policy, spoke to about 30 Gilmer sionService, gave an overview of the Moreover. the Welcome Sign on SR County citizens at the Senior Center First Impressions Program's results 5 looks shabby, so needs to be re- ............................................... painted; the vacant concrete slab in the ~~e~ SideWalks ~~~~ middte of town should be developed; there are many empty storefronts; and the buildings' facades and awnings are :;:!:il)~ii::i::~ ;ii~::i!ii i~:::ii:~iii:ii::i:i iii:~i~:i::i:ii~i !i:~!ii i~ii~!iiii!~! ii~i:;ii~i~i ii;i!!~i~ii~;iii!i ii~:!!!i)il;: ii~:i i;i!i::i:i!:!i;: !ii:i!:i:~: ~)!ii~:i!:;:i!ii:i::i!!;il ~i:iii;i~ i;i:iii~ iiiiiiiii i)/iii iii~iiiii~ in need of repair. - No focal point, they note. exists in GLENVILLE'S CRACKED AND CRUIk/IBLING SIDEWALKS -- Dr. Bob Henw Baber took a short break from his street cleaning detail on last Friday afternoon to point out some of the bad spots in the downtown's sidewalks. These cracks and crumbling cu rbs are a hazard to pedestrian safety. The alI-volunteer"Glenville Sidewalk Gang" wants to correct these p roblems by replacing the sidewalks with new ones, via a $380,000 governmental grant. They are also currently in a fund- raising phase in order to raise the necessary money to meet the grant's match. Dr. Baber is a grant writer at Glenville State College and a former mayor of Flichwood. He helped to replace Richwood's sidewalks, so wants also to be of service to Glenville his new p lace of residence to 0o the same. the downtown area to draw in tourists or visitors: "The Courthouse and Col- lege are potential focal points, but are a bit disconnected from the downtown." They also noticed the lack of a cloth- ing, shoe, or specialty shops down- town. "The bars and taverns give the impression they are semi-private and " O " ' " are not welcoming, to visitors, accord- ing to the report. The sidewalks downtown are crum- bling, in great need of repair, and are not handicapped accessible, they add in observation. On the positive side. they admired the town's historical landmarks, nota- bly the Old Bridge, Little Kanawha Valley Bank. Country Store Museum. Holt House and Historical Society, and historic homes along East Main Street. Also. "they liked the growing strip mall at Hays City, the Industrial Park at Stouts Mills. and the very active oil and gas industry. To the question, "Would I want to set up a new business in Glenville?," two of the three team members said:? "No." The third member, however, disagreed, thinking, "New businesses related to Glenville State College's stu- dents and staff, the natural gas indus- try, or the new federal prison might be good possibil ities.' Relative to housing, they saw every- thing from estate housing down to run- down and dilapidated homes. To the team. the lack of good housing should be a major concern for Glenville's gov- ernment and planners, they pro- pounded. In conclusion, in six months when they look back at their visit to Glen- ville and Gilmer County, what will they remember? The team will remember the friendly people, the courthouse. GSC, recre- ational opportunities, historic land- marks. Little Kanawha River, the beau- tiful countryside, the compact down- Visit cont'd ... town. The Common Place and Smokehouse restaurants. The community's biggest chal- lenges, though, are as follows: buck- ing the current economic and demo- graphic trends of people leaving rural areas: improving the downtown's aes- thetics; keeping downtown viable: controlling the river's flooding; get- ting grants to make the most of our historical resources: and seeing if the community can be determined to deal with the above-mentioned problems. In general, this "First Impressions" of Glenville and Gilmer County was more of a thick guidebook, as to what needs to be done. The presentation was quite lengthy, and afterwards, the 30 people in attendance were asked to come up with several ideas as to what can be done quickly to improve the city and county.. The attendees came up with several good suggestions, but there seemed to be no schedule set for following up on those recommenda- tions. Ms. Hanham concluded. "This First Impressions Team gave a place-mak- ing concept assessing the assets of the community, so that you can build on them. Also presenting that February evening was Nancy Melton. a coordi- nator at the state's Division of Rural Health and Recruitment. It is though her agency that the state grant to run this First Impressions and Design Team programs came from. Finally, introductions were made by the local liaison. Sheree Henderson, an outreach worker for Minnie Hamilton Health System-Glenville. Conclusion As a follow-up to the First Impres- Continued in column to right Continued from page 1 OOO Justice Joe Albright succumbs cont'd ... The Parkersburg lawyer had also served in the state's Legislature, making significant contributions in the areas of education and the judiciary. He was always very gentlemanly in his demeanor, interesting to converse with, and a "common peerson's judge" on the Supreme Court. His death occurred on Fri. evening, Mar. 20, and his funeral in Parkersburg took place on last Mon.. Mar. 23. WV Champion Communities to meet in Reedsville next Sat., Apr. 4' From I 0 a.m.-to-4 p.m.. "The Alliance: West Virginia Champion Commu- nities" will hold a celebration and workshop on Sat., Apr. 4 at the Preston County Sheltered Workshop, Inc. (Rt. 92 South of 1-68 at 650 Jennmar Rd. in Reedsville). "Gilmer County is one of our participating counties." states Marcel Fortin, the non-profit group's chief executive. "Gilmer is part of the Clay and Braxton county contingent." he explained. The primary locus of this April 4 gathering will be a "Celebration of the Community Technology Mini-grant." This WV Champion Champion Communities initiative, which is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Community Connect Foundation. has also partnered with the ProLiteracy America group and Preston County Sheltered Workshop for this day's meeting. Mr. Fortin recommends that each county bring at least three representa- tives, and for a member of the delegation to report on any local technology project that would be instructive to the group as a whole. Right now, 41 different projects will be showcased throughout the day, he estimates. He anticipates a group of over 80 people to attend. "For any community developers in Gilmer County, this Champion Com- munities Workshop will prove to be an instructive experience, whereby local representatives can take ideas home to put into action," he adds. Specific driving directions: In driving to Reedsville from Glenville, take 1- 79 north to exit 148 to merge inte 1-68. Then, take exit 4, turning left toward Kingwood. Go 12.7 miles and take a sharp right at the Kingwood Ave./Pike. Then. travel for one mile, turn left for .3 miles, before turning left again, and look for the Sheltered Workshop on your right. Lunch will be served, so attendees should register at mfortin @natcor.com by March 27. Also, let Mr. Fortin know if you have any special needs. sionsproject, these twopublic meet- County's ability to control its own ings on this Friday and Saturday future.Theyshouldbe"mustattends" should bring everything together, for our community's leaders and the relative to Glenville and Gilmer general public. THE FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND DESIGN TEAMS FOR GILM ER COUNTY AND GLENVILLE At the introductory public meeting for the evaluation of Glenville by the WVU Design Team, Dr. Peter Schaeffer, a WVU professor and authority on public policy, outlined the programs that Glenville and Gilmer County citizens would be involved with when the team comes to town this weekend. He encourages all citizens, club leaders, governmental officials, and school administrators and teachers to attend these community development sessions at 7 p.m. on this Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday, both meetings taking place at the Senior Center. ~t .V .J. 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