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Glenville, West Virginia
August 15, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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August 15, 1975

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[ O A Grimm" C~'aphlcs, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For C_JJmer County People Single tk [tad. Tu] GLENVlLI GILM] COUNTY, WV Z63Sl Friday, Aup lS. 1076 ( fp~ Temple founders and their h-i, mds and relatives applaud Sen. Byrd's remarks and songs. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. reminisced, plaved hi~ resin-dusted fiddle and sang traditional songs before 150 persons who gathered beneath cool shade trees for the 37th annual Job's Temple Homecoming last Sunday. Playing and singing in his shirtsleeves. Sen. Byrd charmed the descendants of Gilmer County pioneer families who came to pay homage to one of the oldest log-churches in West Virginia. Woofters, Maxwells, Wilsons, Stalnakers, Pickens, Bells and friends and relatives sat on benches, chairs, blankets and among flower-decorated tombstones in the church cemetery, Prior to launching into a series of nostalgic and humorous folk songs. Sen. Byrd praised events such as the Homecoming as "a reaffirmation of those values of personal concern and friendship, thrift, hard work. initiative, and self-respect which are fundamental to the traditions of our people in West Virginia and aU across the land." {Continued o~ P~6~ ....... .... ~ ~ Persistence has paid off for the City of Glenville. The federal government's Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency announced last week that they are proposing to fund construction of a new 300.O00-gallon capacity water tank to cost between $128,000 and $150,OO0. The new tank will be entirely paid for by an Emergency Servtcee HUD grant to the city. ,. It was only four months ago that HUD rejected Glenville's Water and Sewer Improvement Project grant pre-application. The city made a request for a $499,500 grant to pay for new water and sewer lines and a water tank. City and Gilmer County Planning officials felt. at the time, that HUD simply passed over the pre application without due consideration. Most federal fund-seeking projects usually collapse when a pre-applica- tion or "Feeler" is rejected. But former Mayor David Gillespie, urged on by Jim Marteeey. Region VII Planning and Economic Develop- ment director, persisted and flied a full application to requesting the full amount. The application was prepared by Dr. Ron Burke, secretary of the Gilmer County Planning Commission. Burke, Gillespie and present Mayor Delbert L. Davidson also sought backing for the proposed grant, along with a boost from Marteney. As a result, letters from Del. Billy B. Burke, U.S. Senators Jennings Ran- dolph and Robert C. Byrd, Rep. John Slack, Marteny and Supt. Ron Welty focused attention on the grant proposal. HUD had allocated $5,086,000 to West Virginia in Emergency Services grant money this year. When Marteney interceded on behalf of Region VII and Glenville. he suggested that this area receive a proportionate share, especially in light of the dire need for an upgraded city sewer and water system. Dr. Ron Burke noted at one point that the water tank could fall over or break open, qualifying the city for an emergency grant under HUD's guidelines. It was felt that HUD was favoring larger urban area requests for federal grant money; areas with perhaps greater political clout than GlenviUe. In all, nearly $1.5 million in economic development grants was requested by Sand Fork, Glenville and Gilmer County from HUE}. Sand Fork applied for $485,800 pre-application to pay for upgraded fire and ambulance service. HUD rejected all three pre-applica- tions in March. When it was learned that HUD had to review all subsequent full applica- tions on an equal basis, as if no pre-applications were received, Gil- lespie, Burke and Martaney decided to gamble and re-submit the city's emergency request along with letters of support. "The gamble paid off," said Mayor Davidsom "We've had a tremendous amount of help from everybody but perhaps I should single out Jim Marteney as one who is primarily responsible for the city's good fortune in securing the federal grant. He really pushed our area." The mayor received a letter July 7 from William R. Costello. deputy area HUD director from Pittsburgh. The letter stated that HUD would propose funding for the priority portion of the application-the new water tank. A specific money figure was not mentioned in the letter but cost estimates for the water tank, which would replace the existing, badly-leak- ing 150,000-gallon capacity tank, run in the neighborhood of between $128- $150.000. Cost estimates for the project were prepared by the city's consulting engineers, J.H. Milam, Inc. of Dunbar. Dr. Burke first learned of the HUD grant program in late January. The reinvigorated County Planning Com- mission met and decided to prepare three pre-applications, Only the Glenville application was pursued in full because officials felt it stood the best chance of being at least partially funded, The mood of area public officials since that time has run the emotional gamut from optimism to gloom to persistence and now joy. General ruled that ambulance r the Goed of lawsuit. by the Center's the attorne~ in a recent Board of ambulance Volunteers so Considered in- cost. are not any injury caused by There are over 50 persons in Gilmer County certified with emergen- cy medical training. No position has been taken by the Medical Center Board of Directors to terminate EMT volunteer services. The board governs all affairs of the county ambulance service until September 30 when the County Court-appointed Ambulance Board assumes control. It had been assumed by many practicing emergency squads through the state that a "Good Samaritan" law enacted in 1931 would "provide immunity from civil liability for those who in good faith render, without reumernation, emergency care at the scene of an accident." However, the board overed that the law was not holding up in New York State. Apparently several law suits have been brought against emergency medical volunteers aod the board does not want that to happen here. As it presently stands, only paid emergency services employees are covered with insurance in case of a malpractice suit. Should an injured parson treated or aided by an EMT volunteer later bring suit for any iniury caused by the volunteer, the Good Samaritan Act would not be a protection. Nearly all emergency health service officials in the state have been operating under the assumption that the Good Samaritan Act protects volunteer emergency squad personnel according to Stuart Sargeant, acting director for emergency health services within the State Department of Health. a ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 6 "~ V! l mumtuy dlesi aed by Architects Gmatlee. "l'mmmtm and Sprmme of t'i ady ecc ptm by ell mlm r. 11 t6. =/m-acre site ma Van Hera Rd. mi]Mkm 8chmd b0md OleCttmt] the people of Gilmer County will have am unity to and Sand Fork with major renovations at Tanner and Troy schools," said Supt. Asshrtmlt Fire Chiefs Gre~ N|c~ [in check trommrs] and Garry JQsht direct volunteer flreflshflng effort on Cain Hill. Fire destroyed a one-story wood frame house on Cain Hill, last week five miles west of Glenville on Rt. 33/119 but no persons were injured, according to Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Chief Gerald Davis. Unidentified youths living in the area reported the fire Tuesday, August 5. at approximately 12:30 p.m. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the roadside house was totally engulfed in flames. Firefighters quickly emptied their 50e-gallon capa- city pumper tank, leaving the smouldering structure to refill the pumper tank from a nearby pond at Letter Gap. In all. 4,000 gallons of water over a 12-hour period were needed to completely extinguish the fire. For some reason, the fire flared up again several hours after firefighters first put out the blaze to their satisfaction. Volunteers from Norman- twon Fire Department and Glenville returned to the scene at 2:30 p.m. to pour more water on the still-smoulder- ing structure. To their amazement, firefighters were summoned yet a third time. at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. to return to the scene. Chief Davis said the structure was ablaze again and the water relay system continued until the house was leveled and not a single wisp of smoke remained. Firefighters remained at the scene until 4 a.m., Davis said. "'The men did a fine iob.'" he said. "We arrived the first time to find the house ablaze. At the end of the first call. only the shell remained but the fire was definitely out. We were very surprised to get the second call and flabergasted at the third." {Continued on Page 8) Freddie Helmlck stands in doorway of charred house, blanketing ~e with water from 500 gallon pumper.