Mayor’s Corner January 21 2021

Encouraging news is always good to share. According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, and despite the ongoing pandemic, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in West Virginia. State-wide in November 2020, 928 new businesses were registered, and for that month, Pocahontas County led the state in the percentage of new business growth with a total of 13 new businesses registered. This was a 1.79 percent increase. What positivity might come in 2021 or 2022 is yet to be determined. But a lot of changes are in the air. Pocahontas County could see real benefits. One emerging [...]

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Mayor’s Corner January 14, 2021

In the last Mayor’s Corner of 2020, I shared what I perceived to be a positive report, regarding a pathway to DEP Compliance at the Town’s waste-water treatment facility. The good news was the State Division of Environmental Protection had accepted the Town’s third revised Plan-Of-Corrective-Action. The Agency’s acceptance of the Town’s plan is agreement that our engineers have us on the pathway to compliance. As if that process is not costly enough, now I have been informed the DEP assessed administrative penalty has been increased – by more than $50,000. Because of permit violations, $179,580 seems necessary to DEP. [...]

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Mayors Corner January 7 2021

We had anticipated and were excited at your coming. Now, we are even more excited to see you go. But get ready! Get ready! Get ready! We’re looking ahead to 2021, expecting it to be a wonderful year of recovery and rebuilding, powered, in part, by a decision made across the eastern mountains in Virginia, almost 200 years ago. So it was, on December 21, 1821, the Virginia General Assembly created Pocahontas County. That will soon be an anniversary of 200 years and worthy of celebration. As we move further into this New Year, you and others will be hearing [...]

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Mayor’s Corner December 24, 2020

I have received many positive comments about the Town’s Christmas lights and have passed those positive comments on to those who did the work. Isn’t it funny how certain things you see or certain aromas can take you back to another time? What is it about Christmas lights that makes us happy? Trees without leaves transform into something beautiful when you put lights on them. A Christmas tree makes for a relaxing atmosphere when it is the only light in the room – which brings me to some Christmas tree trivia that I picked up somewhere: The first person to [...]

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Mayor’s Corner December 17, 2020

The out-of-service fire hydrant on Hamilton Hill has been replaced and the one in Brush Country has been repaired. IMBA’s Trails Solutions representatives have returned to Marlinton and laid out a proposed route for The Overlook Trail. The asphalt overlay, at Ninth Avenue and 11th Street was part of the Intake Project. The final connection of a “pinch-valve” will allow for the pass-through of raw water, when the water-plant is shut-down. The objective is to eliminate buildup of sedimentation in the line when the plant is not calling for water. This completes this portion of improvements. You may have seen [...]

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Mayors Corner December 10, 2020

In early November, Lauren Bennett and I were on a conference call with Jim Christie of Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc., regarding Marlinton’s wetlands project. The intent of the project is to clean up an overgrown area of town, adjacent to the Greenbrier River Trail. When complete, the 7.2-acre area will provide the perfect place for bird and butterfly watching and learning about plants and vegetation found in such an area. For those who may be interested, the required delineation report has been completed. Using report language: The wetland delineations performed by CEC were conducted in a manner consistent with [...]

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Mayors Corner December 3 2020

In accordance with the most recent guidelines and best practices recommended by health professionals regarding COVID-19 and in the interest of social distancing, the December 7 Marlinton Town Council meeting will be conducted through the Zoom teleconferencing system, using computer or call-in options only. As always, we welcome your attendance to the meeting. Attendees should be sure to mute their respective systems while listening to the meeting. In-person attendance will not be an option for this meeting. The official Agenda will be posted by 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 2. ZOOM meeting information with call-in number will be included. Visit the [...]

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Mayor’s Corner November 26 2020

Food for thought this Thanksgiving Psalm 100:4 ~ “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.” The following excerpts are from The American Patriot’s Bible: To celebrate the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, Massachusetts Governor John Hancock issued a Proclamation for a day of Thanksgiving on December 11, 1783. In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln initiated the first National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise on October 3, 1863, issuing a formal Proclamation, pass-ed by an act of Congress, inviting fellow citizens in every part of the [...]

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Mayor’s Corner November 19 2020

Putting up the Christmas decorations in the Town of Marlinton is currently in progress. Star and the Town crew have taken advantage of the milder weather. The light and the joy it brings should not be denied. We all need more light. So, we hope to have all decorations up and functional by November 25, just before Thanksgiving. This will add to the holiday spirit and hopefully will add to local merchants’ sales, for Small Business Saturday, on November 28. COVID-19 has put an extra burden on small businesses. Especially this year, let’s do our best to support our local [...]

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Mayor’s Corner November 12 2020

Wastewater treatment and the evaluation of the Town of Marlinton’s treatment system continue to be an important issues. Discussions, from four years ago, included the issue and became a part of the town’s comprehensive plan, which was adopted in August 2019. Local citizens were instrumental in helping to develop the plan. Throughout the process, citizen involvement was exceptional. The open house was well attended and provided great input. People attended the regular planning commission meetings to offer comments and suggestions. The open house was important, not only to have a conversation with the public about the process, but also to [...]

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