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Page 4 -- The Glenville Democrat / Thursday, July 16, 2009 Commissioners deal with money issues, 'stinky' smells, & health cont'd ... Continued from page 1 President Chapman pointed out that what department administration considered "rent" was not actually a charge for their space in the building. Rather, it paid for utilities, a maintenance man and building insurance. This amount is also paid by the building's other tenants on a square foot- age basis. In addition, he noted that the health department receives about $70,000 per year from the levy, which many other county health departments do not. Health Department representatives found issue with the method for determin- ing payment. To the contrary, they main- tain that the other organizations in the building charge fees and have quite a bit of equipment which drives utility bills up, while the health department has very little equipment and does not charge the public for service. The commissioners inquired further into the situation, learning that funding through the state has been cut in areas that were vital to the department's pocketbook. First is the loss of two important contracts: the Family Planning Program and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCSP). Second is the department's man- datory compliance with the Threat Pre- paredness program through the Bureau of Public Health. Whereas previously, residents had to receive family planning and cancer con- trol services through the local department, they now get that same care through Minnie Hamilton and its satellite office, Gilmer Primary Care. "We were in no way trying to make things difficult for the local department," relates Denise Smith, the state's Director of Family Planning, "We were only want- ing to make things easier for our clients." Smith explains that because Gilmer County's health department can only offer a provider at particular times of the month, the state felt they should consider the re- quests from other county agencies to offer these needed services. "Across the board expenses are up and revenue streams are down," says Kay Shamblin, the state's Director of Local Health. The director goes on to explain that, while health departments across the state are having a difficult time, their fund- ing problems tend to be diverse with the exception of the Threat Preparedness Pro- gram -- a fiscal challenge all are striving to overcome. The program, which calls for personnel, traveling, training, equipment and supplies, was initiate d following the 9- 11 tragedy in order to prepare area health departments to meet emergency demands. It reportedly allocated roughly $43,000 to offset these costs in the beginning. Yet, that amount has dwindled each year. This past year's funding provided only $25,000. Basically, says Shamblin, health depart- ments are required to do more with less -- a situation that is being addressed right nOW. Shamblin reports that legislation is in the works which will provide a new for- mula for the distribution of state funds. ttowever, local health departments will need to internally review their own bud- gets, expenses and revenue streams to find where revisions can be made. When asked whether a department should consider charging fees, she main- tains that most counties do prefer to off-set the cost for their residents. "Most County Commissions do not want their residents to have to pay fees for these services," says Director Shamblin. According to local administrator Mrs. Beam, the department's clientele is down by roughly 30-40%, since the exclusive contracts were lost. Moreover, about 10% of the cost incurred by the Threat Pre- paredness program comes from other de- partmental funds. The situation has reached the point that employees are willing to accept a rotating four-day work week. This will allow the health department to keep its doors open to the public for a normal five- day week, while cutting employee hours back -- saving precious dollars. Beam says that, in addition to this cutback, she is going to have to lay an employee off entirely. "I'm one of thrde people, but I think you have a legitimate complaint from what I've heard here today," said Com- missioner Kennedy, referring to the method for determining rent at the health center and to the department's non-profit status. The commissioners announced they will all attend the next Health Center Board of Trustees' meeting which will be announced soon. In other news regarding the Health Dept., the commission reappointed Charlie Harold to the health board, and accepted Louella Stalnaker's resignation. A replacement member is needed for this position. Dog Warden -- Stray Dogs and Expenses A Glenville resident has taken legal action against the commission. She al- leges that a stray dog, being picked up by Dog Warden Charlie Campbell, attacked her and her child. The child was taken to the emergency room and her wounds documented. The dog was euthanized and a portion of its corpse was sent for rabies testing. The commission has re- ceived correspondence from the resident's Clarksburg attorney, and has forwarded the information on to the county's attor- ney, Gerry Hough, and the insurance company. Dog Warden Charlie Campbell met with Commissioners to speak briefly on the issue, and to go over expenses. Ques- tions regarding a significant increase in the dog warden's expenditures, prompted a movement into executive session. Upon reconvening the regular meeting, no ac- tion was taken by the commission with regard to this personnel discussion. Humane Society Lori Plummer, of the Gilmer County Humane Society, offered the commis- sion a draft of her organization's bylaws. She also indicated that she was not pleased with actions taken, or in many cases not taken, by the Dog Warden. She says she is looking for foster families to provide care for some animals. In fact, she has connections who are willing to provide shelter for strays while fit homes are found in compliance with state law and Humane Society practices. The commissioners seemed pleased with this news and asked that she have these people get in touch with them as soon as possible. The Recreation Center Darrel Ramsey, Managing Director of the Gilmer County Recreation Center, informed the commission of costly prob- lems stemming from the undetermined whereabouts of utility lines at his facility. He reports that 200-foot of sewer line had to replaced by Sutton Septic. When replacing the lines, the company "bust a hole" in the water and gas lines and "tore out the electric line" -- costing the county $5,300. Buck Stephens, a Recreation Center board member, has since documented the whereabouts of all current utility lines and with them, created a Master Infra- structure Document. He was able to do this by locating and digging out where the taps are. While there are still aban- doned lines on the property, Ramsey says they are empty and of little consequence. In addition to the above sewer prob- lem, Eddie Kelble performed $550 worth of work to the septic lines outside of the lodge rooms. According to President Chapman, the commission already knew work would need to be performed to the Recreation Center's septic and sewer lines, and a grant had been written with this in mind -- though not yet funded. While it isn't customary to reimburse work with an awarded grant, this is what the commis- sion hopes to do. Other developments reported by Ram- sey are the installation of $11,000 worth of playground equipment, concern over apparent miscommunication with Verizon's billing department, and the $500 repair of a dishwasher. Commissioner Kennedy underscored the installation of campsites on property close to the Recreation Center, pointing out that the local community should capi- talize on its proximity to the golf course, park and pool, before someone from the outside does. Jim Bailey's priorities Jim Bailey, who wears a variety of hats in the community, updated the commis- sion on many different matters-- includ- ing his efforts to restore the Duck Run and old Glenville Bridges. He also voiced his intention to pursue designation of Glenville as a Historical District along the Little Kanawha Bi-Way. Gilmer's Historic Bridges According to Bailey, five engineering firms were approached with requests for "expressions of interest," which would determine the condition of the two bridges and the feasibility of them being rehabili- tated for pedestrian traffic. He says that the companies' responses indicated the $4,050 pre-development grant would not cover the expense of these studies. How- ever, Dr. Emory Kemp, a WVU profes- sor and Senior Engineer at one of these companies, met with Mr. Bailey and vis- ited the bridges. Bailey says Dr. Kemp was encouraging, and believes the two structures are suitable for restoration. Bailey also suggests that FEMA be contacted in reference to the two homes that sit on the River Street side of the Glenville Bridge. He says that these homes are dilapidated from having been flooded and are contributing to the demise of the bridge by way of their location. He ad- vises that FEMA will probably reim- burse the landowner for the demolition of these homes. Glenville--a historic destination The Little Kanawha Parkway is a project which has been in the works for many years-- without having made much progress. The parkway would connect Interstate 79 in Burnsville to Interstate 77 in Mineral Wells. Though it has remained low on the state's priority list, this en- deavor is important to Gilmer residents and businesses, as it would bring traffic through the county on Routes 5/33. Bailey would like to see this potential scenic route pass directly through down- town Glenville, via College and Main Streets. He feels that Glenville's historic homes and buildings, located along these two streets, would be of interest to travelers. It is his intention to educate landowners on the responsibilities and benefits of having their properties designated as his- torical landmarks -- with the end result being the entire town registered as a His- toric District. This would open the door to grant monies which could be used to further improve existing issues -- like the sidewalk on College Street. Bailey says this plan would improve the look and perception of Glenville and bring in vital out-of-county tourism dol- lars. Sheriff's Department wages "We're a training ground," says Gilmer County Sheriff's Dept. Chief Deputy Larry Gerwig, "We can't keep anyone long enough to make them Sergeants." Deputy Gerwig petitioned the Commis- sion to raise compensation for the depu- ties. He cited a study which published the rate of pay for several counties in the state. The commissioners questioned the study's nuances in an effort to determine how those areas where officers made more money correlated to GilmerCounty. They also discussed having newly- trained deputies sign a Recapture Policy, which requires an officer to pay back a certain amount of their training, if they leave their post early. However, it was determined that this form, "wasn't worth the paper it was written on." As the commission just began their 2009-2010 budget year, Deputy Gerwig was told the discussion wasn't likely to merit action at this time. He said the situation was understood, but felt they should be made aware of this problem. Casey Jones 'back on the beat' Casey Jones has been rehired as a deputy of the Gilmer County Sheriff's Depart- ment. This was done upon written request from his Braxton County attorney Daniel Grindo in compliance with the WV Rein- statement Law. 911 Addressing Dave Matthews, Coordinator of the Lewis-Gilmer Addressing Office, asked for acceptance of three new Gilmer County roads. They are South Big Run Road, off of Lower Leading Creek; Joyful Lane, off of Sand Fork Road; and Remington Drive, off of Rosedale Road. Commissioner Kennedy mentioned that if 80% of the residents on a particular road choose to rename it, and agree upon the new name, it can be done for them -- though the addressing coordinator main- tains it can be a long and arduous process. In a recent interview, Matthews an- nounced that the county is to be reim- bursed 100% for the money they've spent on the 911 mapping and addressing project. These funds from the state will be rein- vested into private road signage. BOE's Town Mtgs. go well cont'd ... Continued from page 1 supportive of Mr. Bennett's plan, and we're doing everything we can to get this whole matter organized and to move (our school system) forward." Also, at these Town Meetings, the superintendent took the opportunity to assure Gilmer Countians that Dr. Steve Paine (the state's schools' superinten- dent) "is in no mood to consolidate Gilmer's schools, or to close them." Most importantly, Bennett also affirms, "The state doesn't want to take us over, either; they have got enough problems of their own." Arguing that their information was up-to-date and accurate, Bennett and President Starkey had met with the state's superintendent as late as last Monday during the day, the same day of the evening meeting in Normantown. The local Board's plan calls for the relocation of all of Troy's students, along with some of Sand Fork's, to Glenville Elementary, starting with the 2009-2010 school year. This action became neces- sary, when the state's Board of Educa- tion mandated that the local Board get structural assessments of both the Troy and Sand Fork Schools. The state's Board will not allow any student to be in a structurally unsound, unhealthful, or possibly dangerous school building. Bennett assured the public that WVU's engineers, who were contracted with to do the assessments, were on the job at Troy on July 1, the day they had sched- uled. "If the engineers say the school is okay, then the students won't have to be moved," he added. Looking down the road, however, the superintendent be- lieves that to get new schools in each of the four elementary school communi- ties, a bond issue will have to be floated. Of that, he's worried about the public's ability to pay it off over the long-term. About 50 people attended the Troy Town Meeting; 25, at Sand Fork; 30, at Normantown; and, mainly teachers, at Glenville, Board members estimated. Summing up the issues, John Bennett looks with optimism to the future. "In the last two years, I've never seen a county so torn apart," he observed, quickly adding, "I want to change that." And, acting like a team, the BOE members and Town Meeting attendees seem to have bought into Mr. Bennett's enthusiasm. Abrea Briefs con t'd... 1st National Night cont'd ... Continued from page 1 For more information visit: www.nationalnightout.org. Volunteers are needed; if interested, call 304-462-7411. Called Project 365, this community event is a yearly project and needs to be completed in one year. The Glenville Street Gang wants your input on its programs and effectiveness. Call 304-462-7411 or 304-462-3022. Fresh produce & Farmers' Market report The Gilmer County Farmers' Market is open and growing larger on each succeeding Saturday morning, according to Dave Millard, of the Gilmer County Economic Development Association (GCEDA). "The Farmers' Market will be full of fresh produce this Sat., July 18," he emphasizes. The Gilmer County Farmers' Market is a GCEDA-sponsored event, cur- rently in its fourth year. The market is held in the pavilions at the junction of Routes 5 and 33/119 -- beside the Senior Center. Pofice Chief Moss warns of scam A seam -- targeting the elderly -- continues to take place throughout this region, according to Glenville Police Chief John Moss. He explains that it involves bogus crews who claim they'll blacktop and seal driveways by accepting payments, prior to the work being done. Although none of the seams have been reported to have happened in Gilmer County yet, Chief Moss highly recommends that every resident be on the lookout for it and to take down their vehicle's license plate number, or ask to see their contractor's license. If you live in the city of Glenville and are approached by any company with the above description, contact Chief Moss immediately, so that he can check them out. If you live outside the city, call the Sherifs Dept. or the Glenville Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Job Squad's innovative programs continued ... Continued from page 1 amount of self-respect and dignity anyone can earn for himself or herself by being gainfully employed, or owning his or her own business," he observes, adding that this opportunity to involve the SSI recipients in gainful employ- ment could create new entrepreneurs within a Community that needs to fill up vacant downtown buildings. For people living in poverty, single morns, and the disabled, the Job Squad turns on a light that shows those people, among others, how to improve their lives. "We assist individuals in finding their special niche in the work world," Mr. Sickles emphasizes. Explaining further, he points out, "Typically, a client getting $674.00 per month in SSI won't lose that benefit by taking a job through our customized employment services (a typical recipient will need to make $27,154 before their benefits are affected). A lot of people have low expectations of them- selves, and that is unfortunate, because everyone has special talents. We want to get to know these people on a personal basis, so that we can help them." The Job Squad's main point: For Gilmer County's SSI recipients who may be going through personal or financial crises during the current recession, this particular agency can help them to overcome these difficulties, by finding them fulfilling jobs. Already, the Job Squad has located a potential employer for two of their Gilmer County clients. "For businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations looking for help, some of our clients may be just what the doctor ordered," Mr. Sickles points out. "The Business After 5 Social Hour is just the right venue that we were looking for to promote the business and educational communities' understand- ing of our goals, success stories to-date, and possibilities for improving Glenville and Gilmer County's commercial climate," he adds. "It's worth the time for business people, educators, and non-profit leaders to come out to this meeting, it's free, open to everyone, and there'll be good food. So, for any emPloyer, you've got nothing to lose by hearing OrJob Squad story." , In addition, the Job Squad works closely with WIPA, West Virginia's "work Incentives Planning and Assistance" project. WIPA was lbunded in order to help the economically-disadvantaged transition from welfare to work, and, then, on to financial independence. The crux of the WIPA program is called the "PASS" initiative. That acronym stands for "Plan for Achieving Self-Support." Most importantly, the Job Squad can provide funding for education, re-training, or business start-ups to quali- fied SSI applicants. For more details, Russell Sickles or Brian Connaughton can be reached at 304-848-0850; Fax: 304-848-0851. The "Business After 5 PM Social Hour," sponsored monthly by this newspaper and the Best Western, is an informal, normally one-hour meeting session, with a different business, school, governmental agency, or civic organization featured each month. After the presentation and question-and- answer period, the featured organization provides a light meal, and business and social networking can then take place. This Business After 5 format is particularly beneficial for new businesses or organizational heads to be recognized and known locally. For further information about sponsoring a Business After 5, call Dave Corcoran, Sr., the local newspaper's publisher-editor, at 304-462-7309. M.EDICAL D.IRECTOR Menopause is a natural part of life for all women. But while the average woman in the US goes through meno- pause at age 51, some women become menopausal at a much younger age. An estimated 1%-4% of US women have premature menopause, which can happen any time before age 40. Normally, the transition to meno- pause begins when the ovaries start to produce less estrogen and other hor- mones that regulate a woman's men- strual cycle. In the years leading up to When Menopause Comes Too Soon menopause (peri-menopause), fewer eggs are released, and plummeting hormone levels lead to symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, sleep problems, vaginal dryness, and moodi- ness. Official menopause occurs when a woman's periods have stopped for one full year. Premature menopause may be due to natural causes, including problems with a woman's ovaries or eggs that are sometimes related to chromosomal or genetic factors, or to conditions or diseases such as diabetes, lupus, thy- roid disease, or rheumatoid arthritis. Premature menopause can also be caused by certain surgical and medi- cal treatments. Menopause will set in within days after oophorectomy (sur- gery to remove the ovaries). Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation in the pelvic area can also lead to menopause, although it may reverse in some women once the treat- ments stop. Early menopause increases a woman's risk of cardiovascular dis- ease and bone loss in the future. Get- ting plenty of calcium, vitamin D, and regular weight-bearing exercise, such as walking or stair climbing, can help build bone density. Hormone replace- ment is often prescribed to protect bones and alleviate other symptoms such as hot flashes. Pregnancy is still possible in early " menopause, but fertility is drastically reduced. This can be devastating to young women who are still planning on having children. While there are no treatments proven to restore fertil- ity, some women successfully achieve pregnancy through egg donation. Oth- ers explore adoption or adjust their family goals to deal with unexpected infertility. Going through menopause early can be a traumatic experience. Young women are often caught off guard by the physical symptoms of menopause and the sudden loss of fertility that comes with it. If you are experiencing premature menopause, talk to your doctor about your options for having a child, and the psychological, emotional, and physical issues that you are facing. 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