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March 28, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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March 28, 1975

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O P=blisbed By And Fer Gilmer Ceaty Peeple GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY. WEST VIRGINIA Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] I a fourth city police" officer and a raise in salary for the estimated operating expenditures for the fiscal year to $72,337. recorder was increased from $1,200 to $2,400 as the time the position's responsibilities has vastly increased. In fact, establishing a full-time city clerk's position to handle the required by the recorder recently was discussed at the The part-time position is slowly becoming full-time, it was an increase in revenue from $43.077 to $49.350 mainly in funds collected through parking meter use. realized $8.000 from parking meter revenue. This year they $12.000 generated from parking. mcrease in estimated cash balance on hand over last of another police offer to create the five-man municipal force meant an increase in salary expenditure from $21,500 to valuation on property for tax purposes this fmcal year is to last year's 57,351,220. to the Homestead Exemption, a law passed last July, of $5,000 on the assessed valuation of property for all Over 65 years of age. of county Historical monthly meetino 5 of the Present were Mrs. Bessie Scott, Mrs. Wilbur B IL Bob a form letter which to the county 4-H to the society data for the available data in their club's areas. He also read parts of letters from Hunter Farnwsrth. Greensboro, N.C., offering to help with the history from his large collection of material, and from Homer C Cooper, Athens, Georgia, expressing an interest in the history and supplying some family data. Mrs. Scott displayed a photograph of this area taken by one of the satellites which Eddy err, Tampa. Fla., had sent to her. Mr. Young stressed the need to expand the membership so that working committees can be appointed for the history. Toward this agreed to explore meeting April 26 at 7:30 at Annex. cookies here Girl Scout last week's Ohio area are , excellent excellent, quality Virginia. six Ohio counties.'. .-- , spokes- " They re made those sold last area and which the best qHli./ contained some foreign material." Tile cookies sold in Ohio were distributed by another Girl Scout group which has "nothing to do with us." Hill said. "'We want to make this point very clear because sonm people might be concerned." Some cookies wound up in the Columbus area had some plastic in them, There were no reports of illness because of consumption and health officials said the cookies were not really harmful. a native son r: the the Glenville newspaper announced a gala July One of the day's event was a foot race. It was to Kanawha Union Bank presently stands, and up to the fork in the road at Northview, then side of the hill back to the starting point. there wa s a five dollar goldpiece. That was truly farm at Troy neighborhood, a family by the name a house: their son. Sam. worked for Uncle Jim. Ivan and I also worked for Uncle Jim and we knew He was strong, agile, and could run like a this was his day and that he could easily win the secured a track suit and shoes used by Dr. Waitman was. a college student. Then we entered Sam in the arrived, and my brother Ralph drove Ivan, Sam Ivan and I could hardly wait for the race to begin. on Main Street when two men on horseback the crowd, shouting, "make way! The race is racers'began to line up for the start, about 10 all. They were dressed in regular clothes, except our Stood; in scant white running shorts, a sleeveless shoes, in a semi-crouch position to start at the a YOung man came rnnning up to the line and called to run in this race," and he hurriedly removed his in his bare:feet. Many wondered who this young as the starting judge announced the last entry was streets of people; the signal the starting shot fired. The race was on. was excited. But Ivan and I stood confutant of the know our Sam wo d win the race. judges rode alongside the runners as they r were all out of sight. It seemed forever to Ivan we waited to greet the victorious Sam. (ConUmmd on Pap 11 ') Work crews from Department of Highways repairing treacherous slip along U.S. 33/110 one mile west of Glenvil]e. I I The Medical Center Board of Directe~ voted to dismiss Kirk L, Keplc from this duties as admires" trator last Thursday night. The Board had previously suspended Kopic after determining that he had apparently not fulfilled the terms of his contract, according to minutes of a special board meeting last March 11. Kopic appeared before the board Thursday and reed a prepared statement in an attempt to explain soma of the issues relating to his suspenson. He left the meeting before the board could respond. After a review of his statement and a report from the operations committee which said Kopic's explanations of alleged administrative shortcomings were inadequate, the board voted to dismiss him. effective March 15. They said he had ~ed to carry out orders of the board over a long period of time, in g failure to provide s proper statement of the Medical Center's financial status. Kopic met with the operations committee Monday, March 17 after returning from a week's vacation in Florida. The operations committee requested the meeting in a letter sent to Kopic's home. While on vacation Kopic was notified by telegram that the hoard suspended him as administrator March 11. After the Mm, ch 17 meeting, the operations committee decided to recommend to the Board that Kepis be In his statement. Kvpic said he was "hurt, shocked, and disappointed to think that accusations that {he) has been jeopardizing medical services in the county have been made." He also indicated that after discussions with his legal counsel, he wanted from the board: a copy of the minutes of the board meeting at which his suspension took place, specifica- tions for grounds of suspension, specifications of the board's power to terminate a valid contract, and the right to an impartial hearing by the board when said grounds were presented. In a related move, board member Stan Meseroll walked out of the Thursday board meeting after Kopic had left the building and after a brief discussion with several board members. Meseroll submitted a letter of resignation to the board president Billy B. Burke the following day. A portion of his letter stated: "I.. am in almost total disagreement with procedures and methods used by the Operations Committee in handling the recent suspension of Kirk Kopic as administrator, and do not desire to be a part of what I consider an unfair. improper-and possibly illegal-course of action...'" Dr. A1 Billips, board secretary, said a copy of the board's March 11 minutes was sent to Kopic. He also said Kopic read a copy of that meeting's minutes while meeting with the operations committee March 17. Board members decided at last Thursdays meeting that grounds for Kopic's suspension were clearly discussed in those minutes. Board members also felt that Kopic had several opportunities to appear before them to discuss grounds of suspension. including that night's meeting from which he withdrew. The hoard decided to notify Kopic of his dismissal in a letter, agreeing that. as Kopic's employer, they had a right to dismiss him "if the administrator's services are not being properly rendered." The suspension and dismissal stemmed from Kopic's alleged misconduct as Medical Center administrator. The board's operations committee said they found unpaid bills totaling nearly $3.500 and about $4.700 worth of undeposited checks in Kopic's office Friday, March 7. The 27-year-old administrator had also ignored a request by the operations committee to meet and discuss a forthcoming audit of the Medical Center's finances and over- drawn dental account, according to an operations committee report. Since that time, the operations committee has been charged with carrying out current administrative duties. Business Association seeks new members Spring home Don't miss the special Home Improvement pages 8 and 9 this week giving tips and advice on spring home repairs and renova- tions. I I I The Glenville Business Ass~iation decided at their last meeting to call itself the~ Gilmer County Business A ssocia lion. The fledgling group is presently conducting a county-wide mem~rership drive among all businesses and firms. The premise of the organization is promotion of lacal business and attraction to the county of new businesses. Increased operating expeqses in nearly every category jn a time of inflation accounts for an increase of $45,262 in the County Court budget for 1975-76, according to levy estimates published elsewhere in this edition. The new budget totals $361,817 compared to $316,555 for 1974-75." While income from sources other than taxes is up $33,576, an additional $11.686 will be raised by the levv, the report shows. The income figure is nearly $10,000 more than last year, while the additional levy figure is half last year's increase of $23,935. Total estimated receipts from other sources is an estimated $157,654 compared to $124.076 for the 1974-75 fiscal year. The Court anticipates raisir~ $204,163 by levy compared to $192.477 for the previous year. Some of the increases in expenses include a climb of employees benefits programs from $27,900 to $31.500; an increase from $10,000 to $12,000 for the County Health Unit; an increase from $390 to $1,300 for the County Planning Commission: an increase from $6.256 to $8.000 for Parks and Recreation. The largest increases in expenses include $43,580 for the Courthouse, Annex and other buildings ($34,780 last year): $40,120 for the Sheriff and Treasurer ($36.300 last year); $15,000 for the Circuit Clerk's office ($9,350 last year); $31.900 for the County Clerk's office ($28,250 last year); $11,800 for elections ($8.500 last year; and $12.810 for Magistrate Court ($8,015 last year}. The amount budgeted to the Gilmer County Medical Center is $18,000, unchanged from last year. The largest jumps in estimated receipts for the next fiscal year are $120,271 from the Sheriff {$97.578 last year); and misceUaneous rent and interest $0,983 ($1,500 last vearJ. Total valuation of property in the county for tax purposes is up $1,409,510, iespite a loss of $1,764,270 in Homestead Exemptions. i Three local government units which requested nearly $1.5 million in economic development grants have been discouraged from making further appficatlon, according to a statement from a Housing and Urban Derek)preset Agen (HUD] spokes- mu last Linn Daniels. HUD program director for West Virginia, said: "the pro-applications from Sand Fork, Glenville and Gilmer County Court were basically good but others took greater priority and we weren't able to encourage them to submit a full application for community develop- ment funds." County Court submitted a $439.800 Emergency Services grant pre-applica- tion, combining needed programs for the county's volunteer fire department and ambulance service. The city of Glonvtile had proposed a $499.500 grant for a Water and Sewer Improvement Project, citing inadequate water and sewer lines and a badly leaking 150,000 gallon capacity water tank. Sand Fork. also known as Layopolis. had applied for $485,300 in federal funds for a Sewer Line Collection System. The only sewer systems presently in use in Sand Fork are privately owned and constructed. The HUD Pittsburgh Regional Office. which received all grant pre applications from municipal and county units of government throughout West Virginia, said nearly 150 pro-applications had requested nearly $35 m on in block grants. HUD had allocated only $5,086,000 to West Virginia for the new federal program, with a maximum grant of $500.000 per project. Officials from the G41mer Cotmty Planning Commi inn who designed the three local pre-applications felt at least one of the projects would receive funding as grant allocations were based largely upon need. "'I'm disappointed but not surprised," said Dr, Ran Burke. Ct~ secretary and architect of the three pro-applications. Burke felt that HUD grants were likely to go to more populated areas like Wood Ceunty [Porkersbtwg] where the dollar impact might be greater. It has been the case in the past federal over rural; less populated areas where the average cost per person is much greater. The CPC learned of the HUD Block Grant Program in late January and began working feverishly to prepare three pra.applications, The program is unusual because it provides 100 per cent federal funding for economic development projects Without requir- ing local matching funds. In a little over one m ath the reinvigorated CPC tackled the job of pinpointing priorities for federal funding and prepared the pro-applica- tions required by HUD. The pre-applications are brief descriptions of important proposed city and county improvement projects and include cost estimates. If HUD had approved the pro-application of the city of Glanville. for example, a larger in-depth application would be required. Initial approval of the pro-application would signal that HUD was interested in funding the project. By turning down the tion. HUD cuts off any further involvement by the CPC in preparing a more protracted and expensive funding application. In effect, tim pro-application acts as a "feeler" for the city or county government applying for federal money. If the feeler is rejected, there's no need to continua application. Despite the HUD turndown, the CPC will continue to update an overall Economic Development Plan for Gilmar County and submit it to the federal government by March 31. CPC must file a master economic development plan or become ineligible for any possible federal or state aid. Glenville registered 2.69 more inches of precipitation during 1074 than normal with a whopping 9.05 inches falling last June. according to the annual climatological summary published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It also proved a somewhat cooler year. with the average temperature registering at 52.3 degrees. 1.9 degrees lower than normal, The lowest recorded tempe- rature was 6 degrees above zero on February 10. 1974. T]-m highest was 91 on May 15. The total precipitation for the year was 48.23 inches, which means that nearly one-fifth of the total fell last June. The next heaviest precipitation months were August {5.68 inches}. May {5.47 inches}, January {5.05 inches), and July (4.68 inches), The dry months were October {1.24 inches} and November {2.15 inches} and February (2.43 inches]. Temperatures averaged the coldest in February With 32.2 degr , and warmest in July with 71.8 degrees. Temperatures in March and April averaged 44.9 and 51.8 respectively. Precipitation in March and April totaled 3.16 and 3.03 inches, respectively. I II