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August 8, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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August 8, 1975

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m i i~ School Amendment funds in hand for county's CEF School Plan, the Board of an architect and construction consultant in a new $500.000 elementary school in cafeteria is also planned for construction. of 60 fire and safety violations all four recorded by the State Fire Marshal, including alarm systems. Thomas and Sprouse of Charleston, architects, signed an agreement with the 28. The firm also designed the new Center. and cost negotiators for the school Cost Consultants of Fairmont. has been given a tentative date of preparation will begin, with construction be ready for occupancy by September, 1976. {Special $2.2 million school bond election} the have an opportunity to provide similar Sand Fork with major renovations at said Supt. Ron Welty. the school site-a tract of land approximate- purchased from Ross Van Horn for $13,000 near the northerly corporate boundary of d off Rt. 5. The new school will front on preliminary drawings to the school block and brick one-story structure with approximately 20,O00 square feet of area, including nine classrooms, a special education room, library, art room, health room and administrative offices. Also included in the construction will be a multi-purpose room (aproximately 2,400 square feet) to be used as a physical education area and music facility. A kitchen is also included in the plans. A gymnasium, showers, locker facilities and related areas. including a parking lot, will be built if the bond passes, Welty said. The school board hired the construction consultants with the promise that they would negotiate a new school with the architects for a guaranteed price, estimated to be approximately $500,000. Welty said he and the school board were "delighted" with the $27 per square foot price tag on the new elementary school. Both firms will return August 11 to present detailed drawings of the school. Welty said that Construction Cost Consultants is the only firm in West Virginia that offers a guaranteed price on a building project. CCC and the architects will collaborate on the design and costing of materials in presenting the proposed project to the school board. The arrangement guarantees that rising costs of building materials will not affect the set price of construction. A representative from the State Board of Education has inspected the new school site and Welty said he and the school board were very pleased with the land acquisition and the construction contract. In addition, a 3,500 square foot block and brick cafeteria for the high school has been designed at a targeted cost of $70,000. The new structure would replace the pregnant cafeteria and has a capacity of 250 students or half the student body at the high school. Students would be fed in two shifts. "Two new cafeteria would be double the space of the old one," Welty said. Drawings and estimates are als0 being studied for installation of fire alarm systems at all four elementary schools and the high school. The school board is presently accepting preliminary bids for construction of smoke and fire barriers at the high school. In order to keep the cost of the new elementary school within $500,000 Welty said present school equipment would be used. "Any money left over from the building program can be spent on new equipment," he said. The agreement with the architects and consulting firm closely followed the releasing of $829,500 in BSA money on July 11 by the State Board of Education. At that time, local school board officials said the BSA money would guarantee completion of Phase I of the state-approved Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan. Phase I called for construction of a new elementary school m Glenvil]e, construction of a new high school cafeteria, and elimination of 60 fire and safety violations in all four elementary schools recorded by the State Fire Marshal, including installation of fire alarm systems. If area voters pass the $2.2 million school bond on August 22, Phase ii of the CEF Plan would also be guaranteed. Phase H calls for new construction of classroom facilities and refurbishing present facilities at all four elementary schools and the high school to bring the facilities up to state-approved standards. [ O A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 1~ [Incl. Tax] GLENVILIL GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday, Ausnst 8, 1975 a Mre. Rd. with the raised a f fund and and shbors with and Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-WNa. will be the featured speaker at the 37th annual Job's Temple Homecoming this Sunday. The senator has been touted as a possible Democratic presidential nomi- nee in 1976. The Homecoming will get under way with a morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. inside the Church. Ray. Cus mba D|strict II hh. I welL Frnk Gllmer, nod as Year Oral then four of work a along Rt. the Slxof his Among the projects Collins was cited for were: -building new fence to rotate three pasture fields, 24. 35. and 15 acres, respectively -clipping 40 acres of pasture every year and spraying all other "filth" with an acid mix, including his banks along the creek -lime and fertflLze three pastures. including re-se n___g. .lime and fertilize three meadows -building two cattle ponds -developing two springs and re~han- neling to distribute water to various fields -building and seeding with gra~ a hill road above his pastures for fire protection of 35 acres of marketable timber -building one new born. load chutes and de-horn stalls -two stream channeling jobs. Collins claims he has reclaimed 35 acres since 1972 by spraying the dth from newly acquired pasture fields which hadn't been worked for seven years before. "Those pastures were nothing but running briars and broomsage," said Junior Kennedy. "Now it's as clean as can be and he's never over-grazed the land., ,rll always keep cattle," said Collins, showing his farm to a reporter on a sweltering hot afternoon. 'Tin gettin~ on near 71 and a feller can't work as hard as he used to. If I c~n't keep cattle, I'U sell the land." Clifford Santo will preach. The service will be followed by a brief business meeting with James Woofter, presid- ing. There will be a picnic lunch on the Temple grounds beginning at noon. Music will precede Sen. Byrd's speech at 2 p.m. He previously visited a Job's Temple Homecoming in 1958. Collins Shares the credit for his farm with Kennedy and Harlan Hogue and Everett Mason, who helped him with conservation and planning suggestions. Born in Lockney, Collins said he began working in earnest at age 15 "at anything I could do fo SO cents a day." By age 17, he was driving a team of horses for Hope Natural Gas Co. With his uncle, O.A. Collins. Ores oi)erated a general store and began his service station business in 1929. He began buying land in 1940. raising 40 head of cattle a year for a number of years. Collins also raised his own feed corn. storing it in barrels in his bern. Driving and walking over his acreage, one passes bubbling runs and scattered salt licks, a prized Charolais bull, three huge maple trees in the middle of the golden meadow, broken by the heavily wooded and hollows back of the meadows and the flower-decorated headstones of Collins Cemetery. Back at home, in the shade of the veranda, C.o~s sips ice water and shares credit for the farm with his wife, Juanita. "She's been my mainstay for many, many years," he smiled. The Collins" daughter, Mrs. Hannah Horence Davis, lives in Toledo, O. They also enjoy the occasional company of three grand- children, hlctuding 15-year-old Mark Davis who comes to Lockney in early June to help granddad on the farm. '4mte ever pipeline breds Mayor Delbert L. Davidson .has FHA loaned the city 25,000 over dispute" with H&B Co. of Charleston ~ p eject. $457,000 grit from~A was and initiate a lawsuit over a faulty the ot~er source of project funding. tO-inch water line which has been repaired eight times during a 17-month warranty period_. The city's dispute with H&B over the 1,3so-foot water line to a 300,000 gailong water storage tank on Rt. 5 climaxed last week at a Town Hall meeting, according to Mayor Davidson. Tempers flared when no agree- ment could be~ reached concerning the cause of the pipeline breaks. Mrs. Kathleen Bolin,' owner of H&B said her company would not be held responsible for any further breaks and denied allegations the pipe was improperly placed. A resprmumtative from J.H. Mflam inc., the citT's consulting enginers from Dunbar, called the meeting between city officials, H&B. and Farmers Home Administration observ- ers to determine who is responsible for the breaks in the line. H&B contracted with the city nearly two years ago to install the line as part of the city's water and sewer expansion project. The loan and gralat allowed the city to rebuild its water treatment plant, upgrade water and sewer lines, and construct five lift stations. Since the warranty period began in February, 1974, Glenville Utility has repaired eight breaks and billed H&B approximately $3,000. The warranty period ended last July 13. But Mayor Davidson and Michael Duelley, Glenville Utility manager, claim that H&B did not install the pipa~e according to contract specifications and should be held liable for any further breaks. Duelley claims that when Utility Co. workmen investigated the first break, a short time after HM3 completed the job, they fottud that the plastic pipe had been laid on rock. The city further claims that the contract with H&B s ed the .pipe be cushioned its entire length with a covering of sand or soil. "Every time the weather changes the ground heaves and the pipe breaks, shattering in some places,'" said Duelley. ~ ~ ._ H&B has been reluctant to pay ~ for past pipeline repairs and ot~l, alleged faulty work and has res only through pressure applied by city, according to minutes of pest City Council meetings. Mrs. ~ said at the meeting the company would not longer be held responsible for any furthe breaks in the pipe, according to Davidson. The mayor said he countered by +~~ W~ ~ warranty period only a series of breaks for which was obviously liable. He said he threatened to sue for H&B's performance bond. a consid- erable sum which was not revealed in a subsequent telephone conversatipn with Mrs. Bolin. Davidson also said FHA and EDA did not appreciate the way H&B handled the job. Davldson said the City Council met in special session July 12, one day before the warranty officially expired. He said they concluded that H&B would either have to extend warranty one year and be liable for any further breaks, or simply do the iob over again at an estimated cost of ,000. Davidson said when he threatened to sue H&B for their performance bond-held by Carson Insurance Agency in Charleston--Mrs. Bolin apparently backed off from her previous stand and agreed to study the situation. The mawr said H&B would decide which way to go by August 18. 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