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October 24, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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October 24, 1975

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!i O A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c ilncl. Taxi GLENVILLE. GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday, October 24. 1975 Y Wednesday in Johnny Moran Delbert L. from the agreed ~arina from a location on to Riffle also agreed to 150 cars Also arguing for the site transfer were James Marteney, director of Region VII Economic Planning and Development, and representatives of the Gilmer County Planning Commis- sion. In addition, it was felt that a planning commission report written by Dr. Ron Burke entitled, "BurnsviUe Lake: Request for Reconsideration of Recreational Facilities," was instru- mental in convincing the Corps representatives to change the facilities location. 50 tables, two t~trooms with a capacity site shift of meetings and Col. Scott engineer at discussions, the represents- engineers to from an area closer argued that benefit such a facility might closer to "What it all boiled down to was this: we're tired of government bureaucrats pushing things on the people who pay taxes for public projects like this," said Mayor Davidson after the Wednesday meeting. Also attending the meeting were Dr. Burke, Dr. D. Banks Wilburn and Joe Hickman. all representing Glenville State College, and Michael E. Posey, president of the Burnsville Lions Club. "GSC has tried for years to have an outdoor area where they could teach land management," said Davidson. "Now they will have it and a recreation area for students, too." Corps representatives speaking for Col. Smith said they hoped to award contract bids on construction of the recreation facilities by next summer. They said they hoped the in ater , state director Delbert L. will soon be result in ever a faulty the city's on Rt. 5. to have suing H&B said he re- hoping to Water line two period 1974 and Uti ty has breaks and did not install to contract along with numerous provided by Da ason officials meet "with t ar gineer and to reach a of this Responding to Lambert, Davidson wrote a letter in which he stated gratitude for assistance. He also said he would send two pieces of lO-inch Clew PVC pipe to Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory for testing. P/ane wrecked at Adrea Jones" forn, ne b/erles A small, single-engine plane owned by Heryl L. Turner of Parkersburg crashed during an attempted landing on a field across from his father-in-law's farm on Leading Creek last Sunday afternoon. Adren Jones, Tumor's father-in- law, said Heryl and his son. Rodney. 11, were the only passengers in the plane, which was wrecked. Neither Heryl nor Rodney were injured, he said. Spectators on the scene said Turner tried to land the new aircraft about 5:30 p.m. but overshot the field and crashed into trees at the end of the field when he tried to pull it into the air again. Area police were not summoned to investigate the accident. The accident was reported to Federal Aviation Agency officials in Parkersburg. it was learned. project would be completed by spring, 1977. Dr. Burke's report, in essence. proposed "alternatives which deviate from the Corps' plans." The report was supported by Burnsville and Glenvilte civic and business leaders. The report was critical of the marina location at Bulltown because seasonal water levels would either put the marina under water during flood control pool or in drydock during minimum pool. It was also claimed by Corps critics that concentration of aii recreational facilities at Bulltown was unfeasible. It was also pointed out that "the vast maiority of potential users will approach the facility" from the west: yet the vast majority of facility is located at the east" portion of the lake. In summary, the report suggested that the Riffle Run area "is a more desirable area for...development and that the inadequacies inherent in the BuUtown sites will be minimized if not eliminated by construction of facilities in the Riffle Run area." After an earlier meeting, Col. Smith said the Corps would consider the alternatives proposed in the report: "'...every attempt will be made to insure that the proposed recrea- tional areas are developed in accord with project purposes and in the best interests of the public." ~..::~:::..:.:.:.:~:~.~;~::::::..~::::::......:::::::::::::::::.~:.:.:.:.:;~:~ Fund Drive Volunteers from the Gilmer~ County Fire Department will solicit :i: contributions to their annual fund iii drive in the Sand Fork area on iiI Wednesday night, 6-9 p.m. The:~( ! firefighters have already collected iii i$1,500 in the Glenville Area. i~:. , Robert Miller, CAlmer Country Board President, cited cooperative effort among county school boards Posing for photographers after dedication ceremony were [l-r] Earl I. "Tex" Gainer, Center director; Clarence Burdette, assistant state sup't, of schools; Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr.; Rep. lohn Slack, D-W. Va. |m Approximately 400 citizens of Gilmer and Calhoun counties jammed into the new CalhoumGilmer Career Center last Sunday afternoon for dedication ceremonies featuring Gee. Arch A. Moore Jr. and Rap. John Slack. D-W. Va. Moore said the center exemplifies the recent advancement of vocational career training in West Virginia. which has "outpaced every other state in the Union." He also praised the cooperative effort of school adminis- trators and government officials from both counties which helped make the school a reality And, m at, aside which ha admitted would probably not endear him to Gilmerites. the governor chastised area voters for rejecting school bonds., sang: "I don't know how you can turn down "educational opportunities in Gilmer County. You're keeping your tax dollar in the county (by passing a bond} to work for you. Besides, education is an investment for your future: it's for your children. There has to be that strong feeling of school support in the community or the development which we so desperately need in this state will not come." Gov. Moore did not include Calhoun voters in his scolding statement, perhaps not knowing that a school bond was overwhelmingly rejected thor@ two ~eeks ago, 1,046 to 481. Moore presented Earl J. Gainer, Center director, with a state flag. Gainer also received a U. S. flag which has flown over the nation's capitol from Re]). Slack who. as a member of the House Appropriatioml Committee, said: "I do not know of any allocation better spent than for Career Center. and as long as I'm on the comnfittae you can be sure tl t federal funds will be allocated for projects such as this one." The dedication program began with remarks by Clarence Burdette, assistant state sup't, of schools (Bureau of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education). .... tie watk on tim Career began three years ago under the Continued on Paae tO Front of new Cdlmer-Calhoun Career Center. facing on Rt. 5. DNR cites Prior Oil Co. It a a ~L . o 7 J checks oil slick on Mike's Run near his home. Accidental oil spills are not uncommon in Gilmer County, When Clay Simmons of near Alice discovered mucky pools of oil in Mike's Run in front of his house, he became frustrated and angry. Workmen from Prior Oil Co. of Parkersburg had been pumping oil from a ridge tank to a lower tank up a hollow a mile from his house and, overnight. 50-60 barrels of oil spilled into the run through leaks in inch-and-a-half plastic pipe. Simmons. a retired janitor with the Indianapolis Schools. was ag- grieved. After contacting Department of Natural Resources {DNRJ officials, he summoned a reporter from the Democrat to photograph what he believed was the result of bungling on the part of the off company workmen. He had reason to be suspicious as the workmen failed to notify him of the spill and even constructed a makeshift dam up the run from his house to try and stall the flow of off, to no avail of COUrse. As it turned out. however. groundhogs 'were the culprits. The pesky rodents chewed several large holes in the pipe 200 yards up Mike's Run from the lower storage tank. The holes were verified by Steve Davis. DNR officer in Glenvflle. who said he would contact Prior officials and request them to clean up the spilled oil. Simmons first noticed there was something wrong last Wednesday. October 15. when he noticed a strong, "'annovin' oil smell. "'I asked Prior's man. Holley Martin. if he left a fire burning under the lower tank from the day before when he was pumping oil down. He said no, he'd put it out before he left Tuesday night." "Martin told me there was eight foot of oil in the upper storage tank which would be pumped to the lower one. He said a truck would come Wednesday to cart the oil away. The truck never showed and, later Wednesday, I knew why. There wasn't enough oil in the lower tank to cart away. It'd spilled into the run." Thinking he had been wronged and deceived. Simmons summoned the Democrat reporter. He showed the oil pools to the reporter and showed him the makeshift mud and timber dam which Martin had constructed Wednesday. Then he drove to the lower tank with the reporter and. with a long wood pole, measured the depth of oil in the lower tank. It was only a foot deep after the alLnight pumping. "My gosh, more oil spilled than I first thought." he said angrily. A sheepish Martin then appeared and admitted the spill to Simmons. He said he started pumping the oil Tuesday night and left for home. He " said he expected the lower tank to be filled with oil upon his return Wednesday and was surprised to find it near empty. Later in the day. on Thursday. Simmons hiked up Mike's Run from the lower tank and. approximately 200 yards later, found the rodent-chewed holes in the plastic pipe. "It's the salt in the resin-base pipe." said Lyle Coffman. a local oil man who doesn't use plastic pipe himself. "Those groundhogs are after the salt. They used to chew up the old underground telephone cables, too. That's why you see them alongside the asphalt roads in the spring-to get at the salt. Why. Ike Morris used creosote on his corral fences and his horses chewed some of the posts up to get at the salt,'" he said, It has even been reported by some park officials that ~roundhogs have chewed up state park signs and cabin togs painted with resin-treated paint. By Friday morning. Simmons had found an explanation for the spilled oil in the run. He uses water from the rtm to wash clothes and vegetables from the garden. Now he hopes the oil company will replace the plastic so it won't happen again. It's either that or post groundhog guards along the 2,000 feet of pipe after it's heel fixed. Footnote: A spokesman for the Water Resources Division of the Departrtmnt of Natural Resources visited the site of the oil spill Friday morning and estimated that 70 barrels had leaked into Mike's Run and on into Leading Creek, Because Prior Oil Co. made no effort to clean up the spilled oil. allowing it to penetrate into the waterways, the DNR official cited Prior for unlawful spilling. Magistrate Iennings Moss wrote out a warrant last Friday. TrkJ.or.treet /Jeers set City Council of Glenville has established Thursday, October 30, as the only day for Hallow m trick-or-treating. Hours for t k- or.treatlng will be from e-8 p.m.