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September 12, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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September 12, 1975

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O A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE. G1LMER COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday, September 12. 1975 :2* ~ j~:~iTM ...... i~/ilji ? of the l~n-rmvtile Lake project is six months ahead of schedule, Lake will form directly here. then back into area in center of photo. a A $155,000 HUD Emergency Services Grant has been awarded to the City of Glenville for construction of a new 300.000 gallon capacity water tank. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jennings Randolph notified Mayor Delbert L. Davidson last Friday morning that the federal grant application had been approved. Davidson said the city would negotiate with an engineering firm and begin planning for construction of the tank, hopefully to begin the spring, 1976. It was only five 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. But city officials, urged on by Jim Marteney, Region VII Planning and Economic Development director, per- sisted and filed a full application to HUD requesting the full amount. The application received backing from U.S. Senators Randolph and Robert C. Byrd, a along with letters of support from Del. Billy B. Burke, Rap. John Slack, Supt. Ron Welty, and Marteny. Davidson received a letter from a HUD official two months ago stating that HUD would propose funding only for the priority portion of the application-the new water tank. Despite the proposal, Davidson said he was uncertain the grant would come through and had been anxiously awaiting word from the federal agency since that time. The application for the grant was prepared by Dr. Run Burke, secretary of the Gilmer County Planning Commission. He is director of Glenville State College's Community Develop- ment and Research Office. In a related matter, the city is persisting in its attempt to replace an alleged faulty lO-inch water line to the existing water tank on Rt. 5. Davidson threatened a month ago to sue H&B Co. of Charleston, the company which installed the 1,350-foot water line nearly two years ago. During the warranty period which began in February, 1974 and ended last July 13, Glenville Utility has repaired eight breaks and billed H & B approximately $3,000, Another break was reported last week. Davidson said H&B did not install the pipeline according to contract specifications and should be held liable for any breaks. Another matter currently in dispute is whether the pipe purchased from Clew Corp. is defective. Davidson said. Negotiations to replace the pipe are underway, with assistance by officials from Economic Development Admini- stration (EDA} and Farmers Home Administration (FHA}. The city's water supply has been in jeopardy not only due to persistent breaks in the IO-inch pipeline but to the imminent threat that the badly leaking water tank could fall over or break open. Davidson said he hopes the resolution of the pipeline conflict would coincide with the installation of the new water tank, thereby providing a secure water service for the city's residents. exemtJve editor ~maJn_.ojsas cu serious Kanawha ' Year, accurding for at the project site. during a tour at the dam struc- until phase of this to he stx mmmm be operated. w~re a will not be conditions, Co. began project in offer8 Braxton, Odale pending occurs new ha said. the crest off to occur this Water presently is being passed through the dam. All concrete work on the spillway section is completed, said Odale, and the earthen embankments on each side of the structure were to. be topped out two weeks ago. The concrete plant at the project site has been dismantled. More than 200 people were employed at the site during the peak construction period: approximately 100 are working at the site now. A night shift has been discontinued, Odale said. Although dam construction d md of schedule, final completion of the entire 13,265-acre project, including recreational development, is not expected until the spring of 1978, if then. It'll depend upon the lack or release of funds," Odala stated. Relocation of roads, for example, presently is being held up because of a lack of funds and is not expected to get underway until after the first of the year. Cemetery relocation has begun and clearing of the reservoir area is expected to start this fall. Constructinn of a parking lot and a four-lane boat launching ramp has been started at the Riffle Run Access rel :ation of Dam facilities to petition the Engineers to facilities reservoir from Johnny Moran Delbart L. officials last GSC Forestry relocation of I~toe~ were Planning Ron Burke, Develop- Carl Carr. Posoy, PrevaLent: and Joe Hickman, past chairman of GSC's College Planning Committee. Concerned citizens of Gllmer and Brsxton counties, through the Lions Clubs, want to see the recreation facilities moved closer to both population centers of Burnsville and Glenville, according to Moran. Many area businessmen are concerned about the greater impact such a tourist and recreation facility might have if it were relocated. Letters have already been set to Col. Scott Smith, Corps district engineer at Huntington, by Davidson. Dr. Burke end both Lions Clubs, requesting consideration of the Riffle /t [r] peJnm to It..., site as his chedce fur Dr. Run Burke, CPC secretary; Mayor Itmun, CPC chairman. Area on the north end of the lake site near the dam. Boatmen, said Odele, will be able to use the ramp year round, once the reservoir is filled. One lane will be open. he pointed out, so boats will be able to be launched on the winter pool. According to Colonel Scott B. Smith, District Engineer for the Corps, present plans call for 25 picnic units, 50 car parking spaces and I00 car-trailer parking spaces at the Riffle Run area. Each picnic unit will have -two tables, a grill and one trash receptacle. A read will be built over the dam. "Recently, several area interests." says Scott, "have indicated a desire to discuss the plans for proposed recreational development. This may or may not have an effect on current plans." Letters to the Corps from Glenville Mayor Delbert L. Davidson. the Glenville Lions Club and the Gilmer County Planning Commission in July requested that campsites be consider- ed for the Riffle Run area. The present Master Plan for the project calls for one 254-site camping area on the east side of the lake in the Bulltown Area. (Continued on Page 8} Run area which already has water and sewer facilities and services in place. The corps has built a water line from Burnsville to Riffie Run, while the-e is no water at Bulltown. Moran claims that the 150-boat marina, if relocated nearer Burnsvine the actual dam would be a more logical site for year round boating. He said that during periods of "minimum pool." the water level would not allow boats to reach the marina at the presently designed site. He also said that the marina and concession stand, along with the parking lot, would be under water during the flood control pool period. Moran also claimed that sedi- mentation would be a problem at the Bulltown location, citing excessive water runoff coming from hills above the upper end of the lake. He said the sedimentation problem would be aggravated with construction of the marina. He also said that it would cost people more to get to Bulltown in terms of fuel and travel time than if the facilities were located at Burnsville. Access to Bulltown is restricted to the narrow Salt Lick Rd. and Rt. 19-4 and Moran said the Corps had no plans to upgrade those roads. Moran said he also felt that the Corps possibly underestimated the 150-boat capacity at the marina, saying that residents from Parkers- burg might desire access to the reservoir. Col. Scott has replied in correspondence with this newspaper that the proposition to relocate the planned facilities "may or may not have an efect on current plans for recreation development." He said that "every attempt will be made to insure that the proposed recreational areas are developed in accord with project purposes and in the best interest of the public. Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr.. in ceremonies at the Capitol Building. presented Gilmer County with its second ambulance on Wednesday. August 20. Both amublances were received by the county through the governor's Highway Safety Administration, pur- chased by state funds and at no cost to local government. The second am- bulance cost $11.825. This brings to a total of three the ambulances serving the emergency services needs of Gilmer County residents. In a related matter, the new, County Commission-appointed Ambu- lance Board, chaired by Beryl Langford, will meet September 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Medical Center with ambulance service and medical personnel. The new Ambulance Board was recently created to supervise and administer the ambulance service. It convenes nearly six months after the Medical Center Board of Directors appointed a committee to supervise the ambulance service, a committee which Accepting keys born Gee. Moors Jr] is llJe Jean Summers. president of the Gilmer County Commisskm. Looking en during the presentation are Beryl Luabrd [i], chairman of the Ambulance Board in Gllmer County, and Tom Luzadur, ambulance drivur/attandant. was largely inactive, it has been learned. The county's ambulance service changed in December, 1971, from a privately run service by I.J. Spurgeon {Spruseon Mortuary} to one managed by the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department acquired salaries from the County Commission for two driver/attendants. The Medical Cantor assumed cont l over the ambulance service in October, 1974. Two more driver/at- tendants were added by December, 1974, and their salaries were paid by the state. There has been some criticism voiced by area residents that the ambulance service has suffered from lack of organization and equipment. For example, the ambulance service does not have any light rescue equipment essential in rescuin8 persons trapped in a wrecked vehicles. Nor do they have a central garage or personnel center. Several ambulance personnel must drive to the ambulance locations at County Court or the fire department from their homes before an emergency call can he answered. The County Commission has budgeted $1,000 a month for two driver/attendants salaries. The re- mainder of the ambulance service expenses must be paid from ambulance run collections. Expenses include gas, linens, oxygen, mainte- nance, insurance and the bookkeep- er's salary. Collections for the month of April totaled only $821.50. Frymbr VNttl ribs ef acctlem bled. Fourteen-month-old James Fry- mier died Friday, September 5 at University Hospital, Morgantown, from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Town Hill last August 31. according to a hospital spokesman. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Frymier of Kent. 0., were listed in satisfactory condition after the accident. Mr. Frymier suffered a broken leg and Mrs. Frymier sustained facial cuts after the Fiat sportscar they were riding in collided with a pickup truc driven by Overt Hardman of Glenville. Hardman also suffered facial cuts and was treated at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hos- pital. State Police issued a traffic citation to, 79, charging him with driving left of the center line. The Frymier car was traveling west on Rt. 33/119 and the Hardman truck heading east when the accident occurred. Frymier, trapped in the wreck- age of his car, was freed after police and bystanders pried a section of the auto apart with a crowbar. H.K. Yrymier of Buff Fork. cousin of the family involved in the Labor Day weekend accident, said they were visiting relatives and friends and were headed for Cedar Creek State Park when the wreck occurred. Danny is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Frymier of Canton. 0.. ' f_.. O erly of Bull Fork. Glenville Utility workers, accom- panied by Dennis Fitzpatrick county sanitarian, smoke-tested city sewer lines last week to determine how many residential storm-drain lines were illegally attached. Michael Duelley, Utility manager, said he was advised by Mayor Delbert L. Davidson that storm drain hookups to the city's sewer system are in violation of a city ordinance and a Public Service Commission Law. Duelley also said the extra water that enters the sewer system is a strain on facilities at the sewer plant. including electricity. During rain storms, the sewerplant is deluged with excess water that enters the system through residentied storm drains. A considerable number of homes tested were allegedly in violation. according to Robert Minnigh. Glenville housing inspector. OvJookers watched Utility Co. workers pump smoke through manholes to the sewer line and seconds later, saw smoke pour out several residential storm dra . He said home owners in violation would be required to disconnect their storm drains from sewer lines. County Sanitarian Dennis Fitzpatrick confers with Michael DueUey, Glenvlile Utility manager, as Bob Mi._nniah, city housing inspector [center] and Clark C. Wolfe, city councilman, look Werkmen pump smoke through sewer I/ne and observe storm drains to check illegal connectim ,