Turning Lane Proposed for SR78 at Westfall’s Florist
by Arlean Selvy
A turning lane on SR78 West, clarification and an
expression of gratitude were reported to Woodsfield
Village Council at its July 6 meeting.
Village Administrator Jeff Woodell reported
information pertaining to placing a turn lane on
SR78 at Westfall’s Florist and WesBanco Bank. He
said the proposed lane would start west of Shear
Expressions and three feet of space will be needed
from that side of the highway. An additional one
foot will be taken from the Duke and Duchess side of
the highway. He explained that only four feet is
needed to gain a turn lane.
Woodell clarified council’s motion to include
businesses in the sidewalk grant program. Business
are encouraged to replace sidewalks using the
pattern described in the downtown revitalization
plan. In order to help businesses, the village will
tear out the old sidewalk at no charge to the owner.
He said removal of the old walks is being done for
businesses only. That portion of the grant does not
apply to walks belonging to residential owners.
Woodell explained the downtown sidewalk improvement
is “a plus for the village.”
Reporting for Woodsfield E-Squad Captain Dave Kuhn,
Woodell said Kuhn had expressed his gratitude for
the new building, which offers twice the space. A
member of Lewisville Village Council, Kuhn was
unable to attend the Woodsfield meeting due to a
conflict in dates.
After explaining problems encountered by street
department employees trying to use the new ODOT
required paint in their paint guns, it was agreed
the village will buy a new paint spray machine.
Woodell said ODOT is using a new type of paint that
doesn’t work with the village equipment. He
explained the new spray equipment will use 50
gallons of paint as opposed to the current 200
gallons being used at $18 per gallon.
The spray machine normally sells for $5,600, but he
will be able to get one for $4,300.
“We have no choice as our guns won’t work with the
new mandated paint,” said Woodell. He noted savings
will more than pay for the guns in two years.
Motion to purchase the painting machine was made by
Councilman Dale English.
Woodell said the lower dam is 18-inches down and
employees had to build a dam on Sunfish Creek. He
said the creek pump is running during the day, but
no overtime is being worked. The administrator
indicated the new waterline from Rubel
will be completed and the village should not reach a
The waterline extension was expected to start this
In another matter, it was reported that an 18-ft
swing gate is in place at Rubel
and the area is posted.
An executive session was held concerning potential
Following the meeting, a motion was made to
authorize Woodell and Mayor Bill Bolon to seek
legal counsel to look into matters concerning the
Cemetery Endowment Fund. The secret session lasted
about an hour.
Councilwoman Carol Hehr voiced her amazement at the
success of the Summerfest and fireworks held July
“It was just wonderful!” exclaimed Hehr. “There must
have been 400 to 500 people in town.”
Councilman Bill Moore echoed Hehr’s remarks and
complimented the fireworks display. “There was
something in the air at all times,” he said.
Council approved payment of $5,000 plus interest on
a $40,000 note taken out for the Municipal Power
Estimated Budgets Accepted, Officials Warned to
Examine Cuts for Savings
by Arlean Selvy
The 2010 budget, tax levies and a transportation
contract were among items on the July 13 agenda for
Monroe County Commissioners.
Commissioners accepted the 2010 budget requests
after Jeanette Harter, who works with the county
budget, reported the current financial conditions of
the individual offices. She suggested officials look
at ways to cut before it’s too late.
The total 2010 estimated budget is $20,266,717.39 of
which $4,312,245.12 is estimated for the county
According to Harter, the number represents the
amounts requested by each officeholder.
With regard to the general fund, she said there is a
projected deficit of $225,770.09. Harter noted the
deficit is with a carryover this year of $32,430.38.
“If for some reason the carryover is less, the
deficit will be more,” said Harter.
The difference between the 2009 and the 2010
original requests is that the 2010 requests are
“At six months it’s not looking favorable,” said
Harter with regard to this year’s budgets.
Pyles mentioned cutting one day a week from the
courthouse workweek to keep em-ployees working as
opposed to layoffs and asked what that could save.
According to Harter it would be in the $20,000 to
$40,000 range. She said the sheriff couldn’t close
one day and the judges wouldn’t close. “By the time
you whittle it down it’s not very much,” she said,
noting she remembered it as being about $20,000.
Pyles noted a number of counties which are reducing
employee hours to keep within the range of available
“A little bit of good news,” said Harter, is that
the group and liability insurance line item shows
$852 left over.
Harter said she is most concerned about the Board of
Elections budget. “They are to the point of needing
money ...” she said, noting they are transferring
out of the salary line item. She said their problem
is that they have to pay poll workers and will need
money for the fall elections.
Harter noted, “... there will be major dollars
She said a meeting should be scheduled for the
second week in August to consider budgets.
“You definitely need to give consideration to
[cutting] hours ...” she warned. “With the
understanding you need to do something while you
can ...” She noted if officials are going to
consider this type of cuts it should be discussed in
the next few weeks. “We can’t wait too much longer,”
said Harter. “With revenues looking the way it does,
if interest stays the way that it is, and we have
another $100,000 reduction there, and sales tax just
barely makes it - all the money that we have
available right now to give to the departments is
going to be eaten up by that shortfall. There’s
still going to have to be cuts made,” concluded
A request for a levy resolution was brought to the
table by Tammy Jones, Soil and Water Conservation
District program administrator; Brad Miller, SWC
Board of Supervisors; Bruce Zimmer, OSU Extension;
and Beth Lusk, levy committee.
The four asked for a resolution to replace the .2
mill levy for SWC and the .7 mill levy for the
extension office. Although no additional millage is
requested, the replacement levies would be based on
It was noted that the levy for Senior Services will
also expire in 2010. Representa-tives have not yet
approached officials about a renewal or replacement
Commission Clerk Allyson Cox will prepare the
necessary resolution to place the issues on the
Denise Potts, director,
Transpor-tation, approached officials to ask about
the contract recently awarded by Jobs and Family
Services to GMN Tri-County CAC for non-emergency
Potts explained her visit was a followup to her bid
proposal for non-emergency transportation. She then
reports the information to the Ohio Department of
According to Potts, she was concerned about the
safety factor for clients riding in private vehicles
and wondered if there was sufficient insurance to
cover the client should there be an accident.
The JFS program, according to Jeanette Harter, JFS
director, may not have been sustainable had it
stayed with JFS. She said
there is a need to replace the three vehicles used
in the transport program.
GMN Tri-County CAC came in with the low bid of
$149,081. MCPT’s bid was $154,000.
“It was not because we wanted to give up the
program,” said Harter, noting that one of the three
JFS drivers is now employed with GMN.
In answer to some of her questions, it was noted by
Gary Ricer, GMN executive director, and Michelle
Hollins, GMN senior program director, that volunteer
drivers are being used and paid a mileage
reimbursement; each driver has a $1 million
insurance policy and drivers are required to take
Harter reiterated that the low bid was from GMN and
there was no valid reason not to award the contract
to them. “It’s a one year contract,” she said,
indicating that MCPT can submit a bid next year.
Potts expressed her surprise at seeing Ricer and
Hollins of GMN as well as Bill Long and Tammy Lucas,
JFS employees in charge of the transportation
program, at the meeting which she had scheduled with
commissioners. “I didn’t know all these people were
going to be here,” she said.
Action was taken following a short executive session
called by Harter for personnel with regard to
hiring. Jessica Leonard was named to replace
Jennifer McKnight who resigned. Leonard moved from
social worker to Childrens Services effective July
Around the Burnside
Ormet Plan Relies on AEP Customers for Lost
taken from The Marietta Times
by Evan Bevins - July 7
An electrical rate discount sought by Ormet
could determine whether the Monroe
facility stays open, but critics say the
company’s proposal could result in other
utility customers paying Ormet to use
According to documents filed with the Public
Utilities Commission of Ohio, Ormet is
seeking an electrical rate tied to the price
of aluminum, which dropped from $3,429 per
metric tone in July 2008 to $1,416 per
metric ton in April. The company says power
accounts for 30 percent to 35 percent of the
cost of producing aluminum.
“This contract is essentially an on-or-off
switch,” according to a brief the company’s
counsel filed July 1. “If Ormet does not
receive sufficient assistance, it may be
forced out of business.”
Ormet applied for the arrangement in
February, and a hearing was held June 11.
Ormet proposes paying a set discounted rate
in the first year of the arrangement. Then,
from 2010 to 2018, the company would file a
target price with the PUCO, based on an
average price of aluminum that would provide
the company with the minimal cash flow to
keep operations going - the equivalent of
“life support,” the brief says.
If the monthly price was below that number,
Ormet would receive a discount. If the price
exceeded the target, Ormet would end up
paying 102 percent or 105 percent of the
approved market rate.
In documents filed in the case, the PUCO
staff acknow-ledges the importance of
assisting Ormet, which employs about 1,000
people and has an annual payroll of more
than $54 million. However, the staff has
advised against approving Ormet’s proposal,
saying it could result in Ormet getting free
electricity or even being paid to receive
State law entitles Ormet’s electrical
provider, AEP Ohio, to recover revenue lost
in the discount arrangement, which would be
considered an economic development activity.
The source for the recovered revenue would
be other bill payers.
The PUCO staff argues this would make those
customers “involuntary investors in Ormet.”
The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel says some
predictions for 2010 place aluminum prices
so low that Ormet effectively could be paid
as much as $77.1 million by AEP customers.
However, in its July 1 brief, Ormet’s
counsel says the preferred industry source
projects a higher price for aluminum.
Ormet is currently paying $45 per megawatt
hour under a temporary agreement approved by
the PUCO. PUCO’s approved market rate is
$53.03, meaning AEP is entitled to recover
In the first year, the company proposes
paying either $38 or $34 per megawatt hour,
depending on production levels. The PUCO
staff supports that part of the deal but
calls the plan to link discounts to aluminum
prices “fatally flawed.”
What Ormet proposes from 2010 through 2018
is filing a target average aluminum price
that would allow the company to generate the
minimum cash flow to keep the facility
running. If the monthly price, as determined
by the London Metal Exchange, dropped below
that target, Ormet would receive a discount.
If it exceeded the target, the company would
pay a premium of two to five percent.
The company’s rate schedule and books would
be open to audit by an independent third
PUCO staff members say in a July 1 brief
that the international price of aluminum
would have to reach $2,725 a metric ton
before Ormet would have to pay the premium.
And the price would have to get higher than
$1,941 before the company would have to pay
Ormet’s brief says that by the end of 2009,
aluminum prices could approach $2,000 per
metric ton, according to the Harbor
Intelligence Aluminum Price Outlook report,
the preferred indicator in the aluminum
The PUCO staff says the amount of revenue
that AEP Ohio would be entitled to recover
under Ormet’s plan is almost impossible to
estimate but could be anywhere from $28
million to “a breathtaking $205 million.”
The PUCO staff recommends capping the
potential discount at 25 percent of the
regular rate and setting a ceiling of total
benefits to the company equal to its
payroll. That cap, it says, would result in
about a three percent increase in customers’
bills, compared to the 12 percent increase
that would result if the benefits reached
Ormet opposes those recommendations, saying
they are arbitrary and do not protect the
company from sudden, volatile price shifts.
In addition, delaying a decision on the
remaining years of the plan endangers the
company's ability to refinance its debt,
Ormet’s brief says.
Expressing concern over the proposed 10-year
length of Ormet’s plan, the staff recommends
periodic reviews to determine whether it is
still necessary and an 11 percent per-year
reduction in the cap to wean the company off
In its filings on the case, AEP Ohio has
said it will leave the amount of the
discount up to Ormet and the PUCO; the
company’s primary concern is recovering the
revenue lost in any discount, as well as
that lost under the current arrangement.
There is no deadline for the PUCO to rule on
the matter, although commission spokeswoman
Shana Eiselstein said a decision is
generally not long in coming after a
hearing. The hearing in this case was held
on June 11.
Smiles never go up in price or down in value.
When your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep is your
Think you could eat seven hotdogs in a minute? If you
could, you could win the National Hotdog Eating Contest.
The winner ate 68 hotdogs in 10 minutes and the guy is
skinny looking. I feel sorry for the second place winner
who only ate 64 1/2 hotdogs. I’m not sure how large
those dogs are but even bite size I’d have trouble with
that many. He said he thought he might be able to down
I saw a kid at FFA camp wipe out 45 meatballs at lunch
one year but he took longer than 10 minutes. He could
really chomp down the food every meal and he liked
everything on the table. He was kind of skinny too.
Did you watch the fireworks in Woodsfield on the 5th?
What a show! I think folks in a large part of the area
came to watch. I’m sure no one was disappointed. The
final blast, Wow! The good thing was after it was over
we were on 78 on our way home in very few minutes as
traffic seemed to move right along. Even moved faster
than people walking. I think just about everyone and
their second cousin were watching.
Getting a face lift. The Community Center in
is getting a face lift. The windows are being replaced.
What an improvement.
I’m not sure if you read the news of years ago or not. I
enjoy reading this news as sometimes it brings back
memories of how it was back then. For example, last week
in the Beacon, in 1969, the year we moved to the county,
at Landefeld’s Garage you could buy a Catalina 4 door
sedan for $3654 or a Catalina Ventura 2 door hardtop for
$3969. Nowadays the good old boys will give you $4500
for your old gas guzzling clunker toward the purchase of
a car that is more efficient and costs probably what you
could buy three Catalinas for in 1969.
I’ve heard it said, “There’s nothing new under the sun”
or “History repeats itself” and maybe it’s true. In the
Caldwell Journal-Leader last week was a little bleep
from 70 years ago. I was about 14 at the time and I
remember hearing or knowing something about Renrock but
I have no idea what. This is what I read in the July 6
“Renrock is located on what was once the old ‘Barnesville
Road’ over which larger
droves of cattle, sheep and hogs were driven to
Pittsburgh. Now it is state
highway No. 76 and the truck loads of stock that pass
over it do not get the attention that the old herds did
with their drivers yelling and cracking their whips. But
what I want to say is that the highway has been smoothed
from ditch to ditch and we hear it is to receive a new
top of stone and tar. It’s wonderful what changes the
auto and gasoline are making. The hitching rack, the
buggies, saddles, buggy whips, lap robes and fly nets
have gone into hiding.”
See what I mean? What makes it necessary to keep
improving our roads and highways but cars, trucks and
gasoline? Maybe even to the point of the old boys in Washington telling or
almost forcing us to buy and drive a certain type of
History is repeating as the Amish move in with their
buggies and horse drawn equipment which brings back a
lot of memories even if I only had a retired race horse
and a small mule to work with. I would almost have given
an arm to have had a hay loader to hook on the back of
Sign on a telephone pole on 78 between
Caldwell and Lewisville “40 isn’t old
if you are a tree.” On the other hand, who wants to be a
tree? Not me.
Can you tell me where all the time goes? Here it is
almost the middle of July already and I’ve only had
about three rhubarb pies so far. The good news is there
is enough rhubarb in our freezer to keep me in rhubarb
pie all winter. This is a first but not the last.
Another nice write-up about a member of the Frontier FFA
receiving a state honor. Wonder how long it’s been since
an FFA chapter in Monroe County
has had an article in our local paper? I remember our
chapter getting third place in the district chapter
scrapbook, which included all the articles from the
local papers. Wouldn’t it be nice to have history repeat
in this case? I can’t help it; it’s in my blood.
I really do not remember when they drove cattle to Pittsburgh as that was before my time, I
think. I do remember the Barnesville Livestock Sale on
Saturdays. It was really something to get to go to the
livestock sale. We really never had only a few calves to
take to the sale and Dad usually sold it to a dealer
before it was unloaded. Dealers always seemed to buy,
then sell through the sale hoping they would bring more
dollars. It must have worked more times than not because
they kept doing it.
When I worked in the Extension Service I was involved
with the feeder calf sale. I really enjoyed working and
getting in the way at these sales. They could really
move, grade and sell cattle at these sales. I guess they
still have the feeder calf sales. I also always enjoyed
the lamb pool. About all I can do now is remember.
They are putting the new windows in the front of the
community center. I have something to do. Sit and watch
still is the only county without an FFA Chapter.
There are only two lasting things we give our children,
one is roots, the other is wings.
Going to Church on Sunday gets the week off to a good
TSgt. Haralson Accepts
U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant Marcus “Cole” Haralson
recently accepted a staff position as a Military
Training NCO at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. The appointment
transfers TSgt. Haralson from Sheppard AFB, Texas, where he is an Aerospace Ground
Equipment Technology instructor with the 361st Training
As a Military Training NCO, Haralson will assist and
advise cadet squadron leadership on morale and welfare
of Air Force Academy cadets as well as their progression
through the Officer Development Sys-tem. TSgt. Haralson
will also instruct and evaluate professional military
education, military skill sets and drill and ceremonies.
In addition, he will organize intramural athletic
competitions and team building exercises. Other
responsibilities include educating cadets on character,
honor, human relations and assisting with personal and
professional issues. The execution of these
responsibilities will continue to ensure the U.S. Air
Force’s future officers are of fit mind, body and
TSgt. Haralson, who has served 10 years in the Air
Force, is a 1996 graduate of Monroe Central High and a
2008 graduate of Wayland Baptist
University with a B.S. in
Occupational Education. He is the son of Mark and Patti
Haralson of Woodsfield. TSgt. Haralson, his wife Erin
and their three children report to the Air Force Academy
ORIEN L. KINDALL
Orien L. Kindall, 86, Columbus, died July 12, 2009 at
Center. He was born Aug.
11, 1922 in
Antioch, a son of the late Ivah
and Rexford Kindall.
He was a veteran of WWII, 10th Armored Division,
obtained the rank of Order of the Arrow through Boy
Scouts of America, former member of Maynard Ave.
Church. He retired from
the Columbus Showcase with 38 years of service. He was a
member of Scioto
Surviving are two sons, William and John (Linda Holdren);
three daughters, Marilyn (Thomas) Cook, Carolyn (Larry)
Glover, Vickie (Keith) Redlin; four grandchildren,
Christopher (Corinne) Cook, Gregory (Jocelyn) Cook, Ivah
(Jamie) Drake, Adam Redlin; two great-grandchildren,
Carrie Redlin, Alivia Cook; brothers, Harry (Leila),
Harold (Mollie); sister, Ruth (Jerry) Andrews; and
sisters-in-law, Ruth Kindall and Betty Kindall.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
his four brothers, Edward, Wilbur, Clifford, Lemuel; and
wife, Carrie Beulah Reed Kindall.
Friends will be received July 15, from 5 - 8 p.m., and
July 16, from 10 - 10:45 a.m., where funeral service
will follow at 11 a.m., with Rev. Karen Crawford
officiating. Burial at
Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund
of Scioto Ridge
Church, 4343 Dublin Rd,
or Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 3380 Tremont Rd., Columbus,
Condolences may be offered at www.southwickfuneral.com
JULIE F. MOLES
Julie F. Moles, 53, Beallsville, died July 5,
2009 at her home from terminal cancer.
She was an employee of Riesbeck’s of Barnesville and
Rockwell Orchard for many years and she was known to her
friends as “Chicken Julie”.
Surviving are her husband Dale Moles, Jr. of
Beallsville; a brother Ric Smith of West Hamlin, W.Va.;
four daughters, Tish Smith McMillan, Brandy Smith
Kinney, Angela Fritz Palmer, Barbara Fritz Bier and
eight grandchildren, Ashley Nelson, Jaymi Smith, Cullin
Smith, Nathan Kinney, Noah Kinney, Tristan Palmer,
Rileigh Palmer and Mason Bier all of Beallsville; niece
Kristin Welch Barlow and family of Streetsboro and
nephew Chad Welch and family of Akron.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Debbie Smith
Welch; a brother, Michael Smith; and her father, Duane
Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.
FAYE I. MELLOTT
Faye I. Mellott, 80,
York, died July 7, 2009, at
Manor Care Kingston Court.
She was born Oct. 29, 1928 in Marr.
She was the wife of the late Eugene D. Mellott. She was
a member of the
Services will be private at the convenience of the
Etzweiler Funeral Home, York, in charge of arrangements.
ERIC T. ROSE
Eric T. Rose, 29,
107 Poplar Drive, Woodsfield,
died July 13, 2009 at his home. He was born May 12, 1980
at Marietta, a son of Terry
and Juanita Dick Rose.
He was a coal miner at the Century Mine near
Beallsville; a member of the Woodsfield Church of
Christ, and served in the U.S. Army National Guard.
Surviving are his wife, Jodi Richardson Rose of Korea;
son, Tyler Rose of the home; sister, Jessica (Zachary)
Coriell of Portsmouth; brother, Dustin Rose of
Woodsfield; paternal grandparents, Jerry and Marie Rose
of Woods-field; paternal great-grandmother, Gladys Crum
of Graysville; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends will be received July 15 at Watters Funeral
Home, Woodsfield; then from 10 a.m. until time of
services at 11 a.m., July 16, at Woodsfield Church of
Christ, with Keith Jones officiating. Burial will follow
in Oaklawn Cemetery,
Online condolences may be expressed at
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