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The lenv i I le emocrat Number 5l A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 Published By And For Gilmer County People Thursday, September 15; 1977 ncil new e I' Commission refuses funds for local public library :i NEW OFFICERS-Charles Collings [left] and Clovis Ice appeared before the September 6 session of Glenville City Council [Democrat Photo] al hiring of new police of a number of the September 6 City Council. and Charles Collins. serving on the Glenville Force under verbal the Council. were both the session. They both Council members and questions asked of this. they were as members of the unanimous vote of the Ralston of Center Street was 'int out to the Council a parking in an alley property. Mayor Robert that Ralston and a ring difficulty in nParking in the alley motion by Councilman seconded by Council- lteover, Council voted not vehicles to be parked in may use the alley for may not block it. Fredin. Hoover, lohn Councilman Don from voting. . owner of Community to find if an made as to how cost for the city to run a sewer hookup to his business. Mayor Wyatt reported that the cost would be around $7.000"and that's a figure that is impossible for us to reach at this time." He indicated that the city may be able to provide service to the store at a later date. Denzi] Runyon spoke to the Council stating that he would like the Mayor "to do one thing." He requested that Mayor Wyatt "search the records at the Courthouse and Mayor's Office to see if I was ever sworn in as a Glenville city police officer." Runyon, who said he was employed under former Glenville Mayor David Gillespie. stated that he would like the search to be done because of legal action which may be brought against him. He said that such action involved his duties as a police officer. Neither the Mayor nor the Council could see any reason to search the records. The Mayor ended the discussion by saying. "All I can tell vou is go find out. do what you intend to do, and we'll handle any situation concerning the matter if and when it comes Up." TheMayor reported that he had spoken with Glenville business people concerning sidewalk repairs in he business district. It was agreed that the Council will encourage businesses to repair their sidewalks voluntarily this fall. If work is not done by spring. firmer action may be taken. Mayor Wyatt stated that the city will "set a good example" bv doing repair work to sidewalks around city property as quickly as possible.. The Mayor reported that no bids had been offered concerning a new police cruiser for the city. He said, however, that Glenville Ford Sales has offered to sell the city a cruiser at cost. The Council authorized the sale of the old police car. A report was read concerning improvements on Town Run. The item was tabled for the time being. Glenville Utility Manager Michael Duelley reported that he had spoken with several utility companies with regard to the problems that the local utility has been experiencing in terms of operating at a loss. He said that all people he had talked with suggested a rate increase be requested. After some discussion, the Council agreed to postpone a decision on the matter until the October 3 session of Council. The Council adjourned at approxi- mately 9:35 p.m. after voting to employ an exterminating company to treat City Hall for pests at a cost of $7 per month. The Council is scheduled to meet again at 7:30 p.m.. Monday, October 3. e adds new personnel The Gilmer County Commission voted unanimously at its regular meeting Tuesday, September 6, not to provide the Gilmer Public Library Board with $10,000 in operating funds for a proposed "instant library" to be erected on Walnut Street in Glenville. Members of the Library Board, which consists of Mrs. Elizabeth Turner, John Hymes. William ]. Piercy. Dr. Thomas Wilkerson and Mrs. Lestelle Murphy. had appeared along with several local residents at the August 8 session of the Commission to request the $10.000 funding. In their original presentation to the County Commission. the Board explained that the West Virginia Library Commission has agreed to provide Gilmer County with library building and other supplies and salary for one library assistant.' The grant, according to the State Commission. would total $49,000. The Board members further explained that in order to receive the grant proposed by the Library Commission. Gilmer County would be expected to provide a number of items including $15.000 to pay for the salary of one librarian, utilities, janitor. employe benefits and other miscel- laneous expenses for the first operating year. Board representatives pointed out that the Gilmer County Board of Education has agreed to provide the location for the library on a long-term lease agreement and that the City of Glenville has agreed to provide $5.000 toward the first year's operating expenses. The County Commission was requested by the Board to provide the remaining $10,000. The Commission informed those present at the August 8 meeting that they would take the matter into consideration and render a decision at the September 6 session. In his motion to refuse the Board's request, Commission member Gene Ellyson stated that he did not believe the proposed library could compare with the Robert F. Kidd Library at GlenviUe State College and that he felt the allocation of funds for the proposed library would be "a burden on the taxpayers of Gilmer County." In seconding the motion. Commis- sioner Nelson Garrett commented that the Robert F. Kidd Lbrary "is open to the public and even more parking paces have been provided according to the newspaper." Commission President Beryl Long- ford stated that he personally felt that Second robbery at Normantown if the Commission voted to allocate funds to the proposed library they would be "more or less obligated" to provide future funding for the institution and that the cost of such funding could not be determined. The Commission also pointed out that they had not been presented with a request for funding for a library whet they were drawing up the budget for the current fiscal year. Library Board President Elizabeth Turner. who was present throughout the September '6 discussion;- pointed out that the Library Board had not been formed until several months following the make-up of this year's budget. President Langford stated that he and the other Commissioners are not opposed to public libraries. He added. however, that the Commission must consider all areas in which it allocates funds. He said that the Commission is presently helping support the Medical Center. the Ambfilance Service. the Recreation Center and the Fire Department. He declared that "Revenue Sharing money is dropping and when we get all of our commitments added together we find that we have a lot of money being spent. Also, at tl,,, time the budget was prepared, we :Altq not in a position to .know that ther.c,,ould be a request for funds for a library." Langford added, "For these and other reasons, it ,does not seem possible for us to provide funding now." Mrs, Turner asked if the Commission "does not have a 'cushion' of money with which it might act." Langford responded that "The money we have in the contingency fund is for emergencies. The Commission President said that the fire at the county jail on one occasion was an emergency such as would be handled partially through the contingency fund. Lanford continued, "The money we have isn't as much as we'd like and we are hoping to use some plans we have to get additional funds for buildings, but until we do it seems to me that it will be impossible for us to take any action on these matters." After some more discussion, Mrs. Turner asked if the Commission "could see your way clear to allow us $5.000 for half the fiscal year beginning in Ianuary." Mr. Langford replied. "My personal feeling is that if this had been presented before the. budget was prepared we could have considered it. Otherwise. we cannot." The other Commissioners agreed. The President continued, "I would like to have it clearly understood, from what I understand the other members of the Commission to be saying, that the members of the Commission are opposed to a library. 'We had a group hererequestin: that a swimming pool be constructed." he went on, "and another group for playground supervision for different areas of the county. "We have had other worthy proiect requests." Langford said, "and there is no question that a library is important. Medical service and Other things are important also and these are the things the Commission must consider. Mr. Langford concluded. "I hope the time comes when we can have a library. I'm not against a library and I'm aware of its virtues." Following Langford's statements, Commissioner Garrett asked if Mrs. Turner or the Board could come up with concrete figures concerning the amount of money the Commission would be asked to provide each Mrs. Turner explained that inflation and other factors she could not do so. Garrett than said, "Well. we are on a pretty close budget and I'm not against a library either, but we must have concrete figures in order to prepare tli budget." ...... After a few additional comments, .the Commission took a vote on the motion to refuse the Board's request. It was at that time that the Commission voted unanimously to deny the Board's application. Other members of the Board and interested parties arrived late. not being aware of the time the session was to begin. They asked questions and then departed Commission meeting room. Commission President Langford thanked the group for coming and added that the Commission welcomes any citizen to be present for bring matters before the body, He that people are particularly invited to appear for sessions concerning the make-up of the Commission budget, i COLLEGE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF-.[left to right]: Dr. A.T. Biilips, Dean of Student Affairs; Ms. Karen Thorpe, Associate Dean of Student Affairs; Dr. William K. Simmons, Presldefit; Mack Samples, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Lowell Peterson, Dean of Academic Affairs. [Photo by Dana Jones] College has a new year as Dr. has assumed the D. Banks Wilburn 30. The staff con- Lowell Peterson. of Academic Dean of : Koran Thorpe, Affairs and Dean of dao several other recently ioined in addition to has taken the Professor of cing Gregory received an Valley of Social Work Prior to the is an re- a B.S. and previously studied Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Potomac State College. He recently received an A.S. in Land Surveying from GSC. Mrs. Yvonne Gillespie is a new Instructor in Secretarial Science, Division of Business. She has an A.B. in Business Education from Glenville State College. Mrs. Gillespie has had extensive experience teaching in public schools and has had numerous secretarial and administrative jobs. Dr. Edward E. Graham has been hired as Assistant Professor of Music, replacing Brian E. Bevelander. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Youngstown State University and his Masters and Doctorate in Music from Indiana State University. He was previously employed by Potomac State College in Keyser. Ms. Janet L. Lublic is the Assistant Librarian and Instructor in School Library Media. She replaced Mary Kennedy who is on a one-year leave of absence for advanced study. Ms. Lublic has a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Pittsburgh. Dr. Irvin D. Talbott is now Dirtor 0f the Community Develop- ment and Research Center and an Instructor in History. He replaced Dr. Ronald L. Burke who is on a year's leave of absence. Dr. Talbott received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees from West Virginia University. He was previously employed by West Virginia University in their Clean Streams Program. 1anet E. Rubin is now an Instructor in Speech and Drama. George Daniel Harper has joined the Art Department. Donald A. Dudes is Assistant Professor of Sociology. The position was held by Delores Mysliwiec. Mary ]o Pribble is replacing Dr. Lowell Peterson in Physical Science. Marthenia G. Gaines has taken a position in the Business Department. Mrs. Sheryl Mick previously held the postion. Susan Harper Scienkiewicz, also in the Business Department, replaces Bobbi Gaines. Sydney H. Tedford has been employed part-time in the Music Department, replacing Kay Strosnider, Williams Grocery and Exxon Service Station at Normantown was broken into for the second time in five days according to Troopers W.P. Sutton and Kenneth Smith of the Gilmer County Detachment of West Virginia State Police. Trooper Sutton made the initial investigation into a robbery which occurred either late August 29 or early August 30. A few items were taken at that time after entry was apparently made through a bathroom window. Troopers Sutton and Smith responded Saturday, September 3 after those opening the store found that it had again been vandalized. The following items were reported missing: one Colt Woodsman .22 calibre pistol, two pairs of boots, some Charles/onion shoes, six Timex watches, two Channel Master luggage style portable radios, one Channel Master deluxe portable AM/FM radio, one Channel Master compact cassette stereo car player, one Channel Master portable AM/FM radio, one Black & Decker finishing sander, one Black & Decker drill, one Justin fluorescent lamp, one set of Great transistor transceiver walkie-talkies and seven boxes of short hollow-point .22 shells. A McCaskey safe was also damaged but entry was not made, according to the police report. Entry into the store building this time was apparently made through a side window. An investigation into the robberies is being conducted by the Gflmer County Detachment of West Virginia State Police. Photo] Parsons killed in Letter Gap collision 1971 CAMARO in which Edward Charles Parsons Letter Gap was fatally injured September 10. [Democrat i Edward Charles Parsons, 25 of Letter Gap was fatally iniur Saturday,. September 10 at approx, imately 8:30 p.m. when the 1971 Chevrolet Nova he was driving with a Pontiac GTO driven by Marsh, 19, of Glenvilte. The accidenl occured one-tenth of a mile Secondary Route 15 near Letter Gap, According to a traffic report by Corporal W. S. Haines of the Gilmer County Detachment of West Virginia State Police, Parsons was North in his vehicle on US Marsh was moving South. The accident report the vehicle being driven by was left-of-center at the point impact. Marsh reportedly minor inluries. .... Parsons was pronounced Gtlmer County Coroner Dr. Louis Manlay.