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May 7, 1976

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.... The Glenville Pathfinder A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gllmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENV!I.I.E GILlVlER COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday May 7, 1976 Locations ll Primary [lection a list of the polling places, designated by the for the upcoming West Virginia Election day is May 1l. Polls will open at at 7:30 n.m. chool Community Building (formerly Cedarville ShOck Third Run ;house Tarmer COurt House Court House Fork "Stouts Mm 8Outh Glenville Lumber Company Court House Court House COx, s Mm Building Education meets; m schools Board of Glenville the Session Also, and list. name being lo provide and Sand grades K-4, May 5 to Approval and to in for The Board of the to Festival, School to to six to advertise systems, bes0000ns gave the open bids school Contract to SUperinten. to citizens condition school In iacandescent has papers and bids will be opened at the regular Board Meeting on May 24. 197B," "As many have probably ob- served, the progress on the new Elementary School has been a little slow. This has been due to the inavailability of masons. If you know any qualified block and brick layers who are looking for work, tell them to contact Don Moats at the school site." "In spite of this problem, the contractors still feel that they can complete the building by September 1, 1976." "April 28, we discontinued the has OUtput as required completed as the for the for The will be weekly i,i lunch program at the High School. The tearing down of the building has been advertised for the past two weeks a'nd the building is scheduled to be torn down by May 10. 1976. The architects have told us that the contractor will start immediately after the site is cleared." "The contractor has promised us that the cafeteria will be completed by the time school starts next year if he can start by the first of May. This is our reason for discontinuing the lunch program one month early." "We finally heard from the State Director of Food Service concerning our application for additional funds for lunch equipment for a New Elementary School. We asked for approximately $30,000 and received $8,000. This wasn't too bad considering that the State was only granted $20.000 from the Federal Government for new lunch program starts. This is a 75 - 25 percent matching grants, which means the county will have to come up with approximately $2.700 in order to be eligible for the $8,000." "We should be able to start on the Smoke Barriers at the High School within throe weeks, These are required by the Fire Marshal and must be built at the top and bottom of each stairwell. The architects have comple- ted the plans and are presently getting prices of materials and hardware to complete the job. Our county maintenance men will do this work." "Also, within three weeks, we should have enough infoi-mation to make a decision as to the feasability of replacing the main entrances into the three buildings at the High School. They are in very poor condition and need attention." In the area of curriculum, he reported; "We feel that our Pre-Vocational City to raise water rates; approv, es budget Glenville is losing an average of $1,840.44 per month ($477.88 in cash flow and depreciation of $1,362.56}, and has done so at this rate for the last three years throtlgh Glenville Utility, mainly due to soaring supply costs, according to Mayor Delbert L. Davidson. Delinquent accounts are not the problem, Mayor Davidson noted. While there may be a delay in paying bills by some users, receipts do come inand a Festival group holds monthly 10% penalty is collected on late payments. Water and sewer pipe, fittings, chemicals, and maintenance supplies simply cost more and the resulting expenditures are greater than utility receipts coming in. Chemicals have gone up over 300% in the last few months. Fuel for utility vehicles costs 60 cents a gallon now. A short time ago it cost 32 cents per gallon. The Utility company's electric bill did run about $600.00 per month. Now it runs about meeting Ed McElwee of Normantown was appointed chairman of the Food Committee for the W. Vs. State Folk Festival at that group's monthly meeting held at City Hall. Glenville, April 26. Twenty-two persons attended the meeting. McElwee replaces Dr. Ronnie Burke as chairman and will be responsible for coordinating all food services for the upcoming Festival. It was also announced at the meeting that the Senior Citizens Center, in addition to serving coffee and cold drinks during the Festival, will serve a special hotcakes breakfast to Festival goers on Friday at 7 a.m. Each plate will consist of three pancakes, eggs and sausage, and coffee or tea. A request by a church organiza- tion for permission to dispense cold water and to distribute literature was denied by the group inasmuch as cold water service had already been assigned. Steven Nicely, executive director of the Country Roads Travel Counci! attended the meeting and offered to help promote the Folk Festival. Explaining the aims and purposes of that group, Nicely said they work to promote tourism in a lO-county area, including Gilmer. of west central West Virginia. Copies of a four-color brochure picturing and describing points of interest in the area were distributed at the meeting. In other business. Vern and Sam Martin reported that their Clean-Up Committee has received a donation of twelve 55-gallon drums from Dowel] Division. The drums, with plastic bag liners, will be used as trash receptacles at key points in town. Martin volunteered to remove the tops of the drums, clean them out, and Reporting on the planned chil- dren's program for this year's Festival, Ms. Pat Harder made a request for the loan of any old-time farm or household equipment that could be used as part of her working exhibit which will be located in the former residence of the late Dr. Waitman Smith. "We also need someone with a loom who would be willing to demonstrate its use four hours each day of the Festival," Ms. Harder said. She can be contacted during the day at 462-7829. A request to provide shuttle bus transportation from Hays City to downtown Glenville for members of an Airstream travel trailer group planning a Roundup here during the Festival was considered by the Folk Festival members. The county Board of Education had been asked if a school bus could be provided, but it was pointed out that these vehicles cannot be used to transport adults. "We'll continue to try and locate a bus or van that can be used," said Fern Rollyson. " estival President. The Festival group also finalized plans to ask for voluntary contribu- tions during intermissions at the evening entertainment programs held at the Glenville State College auditorium. Bayard Young, representing the County Bicentennial Commission, explained that group's plans for the year and asked for the support of the Festival members in carrying out projects planned by the Commission in the year ahead. In final business, the Festival group also voted to ask for bids to rpair or replace the roof to the Country Store. The roof presently leaks and should be fixed before Festival $1,396.59 (this is last month's bill). Utilities have increased and will continue as long as Monongahela Power rates rise. Glenville Utility supplies water to residents and maintains water lines and sewer lines. All water meters are presently in good working order. Expenditures have been cut back wherever possible, Mayor Davidson noted, but the Utility has lost an average cash flow of $5,734.55 per year and depreciation of $16,350.71 per year for the past three years. This is a yearly loss average of $22,085.26 (cash flow loss plus depreciation), per year for the past three years. Utility employees salaries are not responsible for the revenue losses. Mayor Davidson noted that the Utility would be losing $1,000.00 more per month had he not been successful in obtaining this amount from the State under the "Governor's Manpower Program Act." Under this act, two employees salaries are being paid by the State. The City presently has five employees being paid under this program plus two more under the "WIN" program. The Mayor and Council Members do not want to have a rate adjustment but the only way to match expenditures with earnings the Mayor noted, is to do so. We are proposing a rate adjustment that would produce $27,612.84 per year. We feel with the average loss per year of $22.085.26 a rate adjustment of $27,612.84 is not an excessive one. This rate would not hurt anyone excessively, Mayor Davidson noted, as according to March figures, there were 755 water users. There are 406 customers that pay the minimum charge. The Sewer rates remain the same. Under the present rates, these 408 customers pay the minimum charge of $7.20 plus a 2% tax for a total bill of $7.34. Under the new rates the minimum bill will be $7.80 plus a 2% tax for a total bill of $7.96. Masel Pritt. Center director. attended the first annual conference of the West Virginia Association of Directors of Senior Centers, held at the Clarksburg Sheraton. April 23. The program opened with a welcome by James Shaffer, Mayor. Dr. Louise B. Gerrard spoke on "The Future of Senior Centers in West Virginia": and Ms. Joyce Leanse. director of National Institute of Senior Centers National Council On Aging, discussed "Basics of Sound Program Planning". For the afternoon session the conference was divided into groups. Gilmer County was placed in the Western Group, with Putnam. Lincoln. Cabell. Wayne. Roane, Calhoun, Pleasants. Wood, Jackson, and Kanawha Counties. The group was interested in fringe benefits such as retirement pay, group insurance and increased salaries. The group will meet quarterly. A United States flag now flies over the Gilmer County Senior Center! The flag, given to the Center by Senator Byrd, was placed in a flag - raising ceremony April 16. The Girl Scouts raised the flag and led in the pledge of allegiance. Members of the Giimer County High School Band played "The Star Spangled Banner". Mayor Delbert Day/dean and Delegate Billy Burke each spoke briefly. Mrs. Masel Pritt had charge of the ceremonies. The following rates will apply: First 3,000 gals. - $1.60 per 1,000 gels. next 3,000 gals. - 1.50 per 1,000 gala. next 4,000 gala. - 1.40 per 1,000 gala. next 10,000 gals.- 1.50 per 1,000 gals. next 20,000 gels. - 1.20 per 1,000 gala, next 60,000 gels. - 1.10 per 1,000 gale. over 100,000 gala. - 1.00 per 1.000 gala. The above rate adjustment should have been made long before now, Mayor Davidson noted, as Glenville Utility was heading for bankruptcy and it is an absolute necessity to supply the residents with water and sewer services and in these times of inflated costs, the problem is a difficult one. The Mayor noted there will be a meeting open to all utility customers at 8 P.M. May 12th at City Hall for anyone to have questions answered or to air their complaints pertaining to this matter. The Mayor and City Council Members have made out and approved a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year, the Mayor noted, without increasing anyone's taxes. This was accomplished even though inflation has been running fairly high. Many other neighboring cities have not been so fortunate and have had to raise taxes by a considerable amount. One of the reasons this was accomplished is due to the money received from the Governor's Manpower Program act. The city receives $2620.00 per month under this program for 5 employees salaries. The Mayor also noted that at the present time, nothing can be done about the increase in the cable TV rates. Davidson explained that he has researced the matter and found that in 1961, the City Council awarded a 25 year franchise to the present cable company. The franchise has ,no restrictions. The Mayor did comment. however, that the area is open to other cable companies. He also stressed that the oomzcstly opposed a rate hike. Smith announces additional hours SPECIAL NOTICE TO VOTERS Circuit Clerk Lane Smith has announced that his office wig be open Saturday May 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the convenience of absentee voters in the county. 108 to*graduate from S'wrrepaint them for use at the Festival.citizenS have bgs,time in June. Mrs. Rollyson said.sche,e GCHS in May This flag had been flown over the United States Capitol on March 11, 1976 before being sent to the Center here. The Jackson's Mill annual Senior Citizens Conference is scheduled for May 18-20. It is sponsored by the West Virginia Commission on Aging, area agencies on aging, and senior Centers. This Bicentennial-year conference is expected to attract an especially large crowd. Lucille Rsese, Merle Owens, and Ardell Fisher will use the three reservations allotted to Gilmer County to stay for the entire meeting. Seniors who do not wish to stay overnight are welcome to come for the day activities. The conference will include a number of bicentennial activities. Senior Speak-outs will be a feature of the meet. Lucille Roese. Wanna Lowther, Daisy Jones. Eula Caste. Virginia Harvey, Mary Woofter. Pearl Pickens and Sammy Reese helped with the health screening test at the County Health Department May 1. Something different was added following the regular monthly supper April 29. Bob Cooper. local photographer, had brought his equipment with him and he took pictures of those who wanted them. After developing them he gave the pictures to the owners as gifts. One hundred and eight students will be graduated in GCHS's eighth annual graduation exercises May 28 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Annual sermon will be held at the same time on the preceding evening. Those to receive diplomas are: Robert Lee Alltop, Clay Allen Bailey. Clyde Myron Bailey. Harvey Willis Ball, Cherlye Ann Barton. Rickie Wayne Blake. Michael Scott Boggs. Stephen Linn Boggs, Robert Edward Brady, Timothy Alan Brady, Jerry Michael Brenwald. Carolyn Sue Burke, Karen Diane Bush. Kimberly Jayne Bush. Robin Elaine Butler. Hilda Dawn Collins. Linda Sue Conrad, Roberts Louise Conrad. Bobby Gaff Cottrell. Troy Russell Cottrell. Arden Lane Cox. David Lee Crouch, Donna Gay Dobbins. Abby Lou Dulaney, Pamela Sue Edwards. Ronnie Brook Edwards, Leonard Jack Ellison, Hazel Darlene Fisher. John Albert Fox. Larry James Frye, Debra Sue Frymier, Diane Carol Gerwig, Linda Louise Gillespie. Bud Eugene Green, Larry Keith Groenlief. Richard Lee Gumm. Vicki Sue Hacker, Beverly Lynn Hamric. Jean Ann Hefner. Robert Lee Hickrnan. Randy Marshall Hitt, Betty Jane Howes. Robin Elaine Hurst, Iohnnie Edward Isen- hart, Janet Lynn James, Bobby Joe Jarvis, Glenda Faye Jenkins, Debra Lynn Jones. Mary Elizabeth Jones. Pamela Sue Jones, Crystal Kay Keith. Navella Irene Keith. Rebecca Blanche Kirkpatrick. Lewis Abraham Lattea, Jr., Sharon Colleen Wallbrown Lowther, Rose Mary Luzader, Patricia Ruthann Manley, David Eugene Marks, Timothy Neal Marks. Edwin Maynard Marsh, Mary Lou McCullough, Woodrow James McCul- laugh, Danny lee McHenry, Gary Ted Metz. Karen Marie Miller, Marflyn Ann Minnich. Regina Louise Moore, Jeffrey Scott Moss. Katherine Moyers, Jan Sheldon Nichols, Vickie Lynn Osborne, Edward Lee Radcliff, Richard Eugene Radcliff. Edwin Lee Reed, Fermen Lee Rhoades II, Brenda Darlene Richards. Sharla Ann Richards, Gina Lynn Roberts, William Rose. Kimberly Jane Roten. Connie Sue Runyon. Alberta Lynn Rupe, Sandra Kay Schoolcreft. Kim Michelle Scott. Mary Ellen Scott, Joyce Lynn Sears Desari Dee Skinner. Douglas Jay Skinner. Diane Sue Smarr. Barbara Ann Smith. Richard Kevin Smith. Rosalea Darlene Smith. Dwanetta Darlene Spaur. Leslie Kay Starkey. Janice Ellen Stump. Robert Clarence Stump, Sheila Rosa Stump, Dolyn Otho Thompson. Doretta Doe Tomblin. Martha Ellen Villers. Diann Lynn Waters. Rebecca Suzette Watson. Roberta Suzanne Watson, Terri Lynn Watts. Estel Glen Waugh, Deana Williams. Joseph Gall Wilt. Mary Wilma Wiseman. Program for our ninth graders at the High School has been an excellent experience for the students. We have appl/ed for add/t/onal funds to operate  VOTING ',,, " "ty, the program next year and ,stand a " continuing responslblh good change of getting them.  if .  'In connection with the Pre-Voca- i r.  tion Program, we have applied for j., funding which would provide the VO00E! necessary money to operate a four and MAY 11 ill (Continued on Pae 2}