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April 17, 2008 Edition

<  Commissioners Okay Grant Amendment for Woodsfield

John Pyles, president, board of county commissioners,
signs a contract between commissioners and the Monroe
County EMS  Association. “I’m glad [the association]
signed, and think the contract is the spittin’ image
of their old one,” said Pyles. From left,
commissioners ‘Sonny’ Block; Bill Thompson and Pyles.

 



        A portion of the unused funds in Woodsfield’s
$300,000 CDBG Distress Grant have been earmarked to
replace the bathhouse roof at Monroe Memorial Park
swimming pool.
        Action was taken to amend the grant at the April 8
meeting of Monroe County Commissioners, who also voted
to pay off  $60,000 in loans and hired an Apiary
Inspector.
        Officials agreed to permit $8,500 of the unused
$17,500 in Distress Grant funds to replace the
bathhouse roof.
        The decision was made after Mary Jo Westfall, OSU
extension office, reported the facility’s roof is
leaking. She noted the roof had not been a part of the
original grant request, but is needed. With regard to
the remainder of the unused funds, she said the
village suggested a drainage project which would
connect to the recently completed water/sewer
separation project which ends at True Value.           

“That would probably be a good logical use,” said Westfall.
She explained the water/sewer separation project is
required by EPA. No firm decision was made, although
Commissioner Francis ‘Sonny’ Block indicated the
village would know better than commissioners how the
money should be spent.
        While discussing finances, Jeanette Harter, who
handles the county budget, reported income of $422.555
in real estate settlements.
        She suggested and commissioners approved payment of
one-half ($82,880.50) of the $165,761 liability
insurance bill; and two loans from Citizens National
Bank of $30,000 each. The loan payback is $60,512.63.
        Commissioners  took action to hire Jerry Haney,
Woodsfield, as apiary inspector. Haney has kept honey
bees for over 20 years. He fills a vacancy created by
the resignation of Ray Norris.
        According to discussion, 12 individuals currently
keep bees in Monroe County, and there are a total of
48 hives.
        A contract to provide medical services for prisoners
was renewed with Marietta Health Care Physicians.
According to the commission clerk,  Allyson Cox, the
cost has never changed since the contract was
initiated. Dr. Jay Seidler, D.O will be paid $55 per
visit per inmate.
        An executive session requested by Commissioner
Francis  ‘Sonny’ Block was held for the purpose of
discussing personnel with regard to disciplinary
action. No action was taken at the close of the
25-minute meeting. A contract to provide medical
services for prisoners was renewed with Marietta
Health Care Physicians. According to the commission
clerk, Allyson Cox, the cost has not changed since the
contract was initiated. Dr. Jay Seidler, D.O will be
paid $55 per visit per inmate.
        An executive session requested by Commissioner
Francis  ‘Sonny’ Block was held for the purpose of
discussing personnel regarding disciplinary action. No
action was taken at the close of the 25-minute
meeting.

< Nearly 300 Attend Meeting for Summit Twp. Revitalization Grant

        Randy Smith, Summit Township trustee, explains his
proposal to replace some of the windows in the
Community Center. Also proposed for the center, which
is the former school building, are a new or
refurbished gym floor, parking area and a basketball
court.
                                                      Photo by Arlean Selvy

 


by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        The first of two public hearings for the 2008
Neighborhood Revitalization Grant application was held
April 8 at the Summit Township Community Center in
Lewisville.
        The meetings, mandated by grant regulations, are held
to obtain input from residents concerning the
selection of at least five projects. According to Mary
Jo Westfall, OSU Extension, it is the residents who
select projects.
        The grant application will request  the maximum
$300,000. 
        Although county commissioners named Summit Township/
Lewisville as the investment area in Monroe County,
the grant recipient will be decided at State level.
        Ten applications will be funded state-wide. The state
receives 25 to 30 applications a year.
        The county will have 24 months to complete projects,
should they be awarded grant monies.
        Applications are selected at state level on scores,
with the maximum score being 100. Citizen
participation can add a maximum of 15 points to the
score. Last week’s meeting was attended by 283
individuals. Westfall indicated the participation was
very good.
         Westfall provided details about the grant and survey
results before asking community  leaders to announce
their proposed projects.
        Explaining proposed projects were Randy Smith, Summit
Township trustee; Lewisville Mayor Nathan Betts; and
Greg Baker of the Lewisville Volunteer Fire
Department.
        Baker said the department wants to purchase a
mini-pumper to replace the 1985 model. He said
volunteers feel this is important due to the added
number of oil and gas wells. He noted the department
has seed money for the project.
        Seed, or matching monies, can add up to 20 points to
application scores.
        Mayor Betts proposed about 1300 feet of sidewalk on
SR78 and the  paving of five streets.
        Smith said the main concern of trustees is to
maintain the roads, culverts and bridges. He said
there are 21 culverts and two bridges that need
attention. Areas of concern also include the community
center in general, noting windows and the gym floor in
particular. He also mentioned parking facilities in
the area of the community center.
        Westfall mentioned a second fill station was noted on
the surveys. The group indicated an interest in that
project and Westfall said she will contact Jim Murray
of Monroe Water Systems.  She was also asked to
research the possibility of water extension.
        The final discussions and selection of projects will
be made at the second public hearing, which is set for
April 19 at 7 p.m.at the Summit Township Community
Center. The meeting will be preceded by a chicken
barbecue fundraiser for the fire department. The
dinner begins at 6 p.m.
     
       

< Woodsfield Water Rate Hike; TV Cable Negotiations Ongoing

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        An ordinance to increase water rates was passed April
7 by Woodsfield Village Council, which also agreed to
advertise for a Cable Plant Operator.
        Although negotiations for the proposed purchase of
Sudden-Link television cable system are still
underway, Village Administrator Jeff Woodell said he
wants to have everything in place should the purchase
go through. “It’s not a done deal until the ink is
dry,” said Woodell.
        An ordinance creating the position and setting the
pay scale for a Cable Plant Operator for the Municipal
Cable System was passed. Council agreed to advertise
and take applications for the position.
        In the meantime, Woodell is to continue negotiations
with SuddenLink for the purchase.                     
Council voted
unanimously to increase water rates. Noting they had
no choice, Woodell cited a recent rate analysis and
product expense.
        The ordinance was passed on an emergency basis.
        Water rates will increase from $15 per minimum 2,000
gallons to $17.50 on Jan. 1, 2009. According to the
ordinance, rate increases for minimum usage will
increase in 2010 to $18.50; in 2011 to $19.50 and on
Jan. 1, 2012 to $21. Increases are also listed for an
additional water usage of 11,000 gallons (up to 13,000
gal. total); and for the next 11,000 gallons (up to
15,000 gal. total).
        A petition was submitted by Gareld and Carla Ward,
Fairground Road, to change the zoning of 9.470 acres
located on Fairground Road from residential to
business for the purpose of plastic injector mold
making.
        Council agreed to hold a public hearing on May 19 at
6:35 p.m.
        Council voted unanimously to promote Crystal Dixon,
utility office worker, from  Step 2 to Step 3,
increasing her wage from $7.75 an hour to $9.05 an
hour. Kelly Templeton, utility clerk, was promoted to
Step 2, increasing her wage from $7.20 a hour to
$7.70. The increases are retroactive to the March 31
pay period.
        John Rieck, a resident of Andover Road, spoke to
council about motorists speeding on that street.
Noting a safety concern, he suggested speed  bumps and
sending police patrols to monitor the traffic.
        As a former resident of Andover, Councilman Bill
Moore said, “I have a concern with you.”  He indicated
it was suggested to him that there should be no
parking on one side of the street. Another suggestion
was to make Andover and Cambridge one-way streets. No
action was taken on either suggestion.
        Police Chief Chuck Hamilton said he will look into
obtaining signs that show vehicle speed and will also
research laws on changing the speed limit.
        Moore, chairman of council’s parking committee,
reported that Chief Hamilton gave a motor tour to
committee members, including Pauline Delbrugge, Carol
Hehr, Moore and Street Supt. Donnie Weber.
        According to Moore’s report, the committee recommends
that    • Parking meters on West Church St. between
South Main and South Sycamore be removed;
• Fourth Street from East Marietta north to High
Street be designated ‘No Parking’ from Nov. 1 through
April 30.
        Councilwoman Delbrugge commended Weber for the
cleaning done in the Reservoir Hill area.
        Council President Vernon Henthorn reported the sole
resident on what is now labeled as ‘North High
Street,’ requested the street by returned to its
former name of John Street. According to Henthorn, the
street name on her property deed  and her postal
address are both listed as John Street. He said she
has trouble with mail delivery.
        A recommendation will be brought back to the next
meeting, which is set for April 21 beginning at 6:30
p.m.
        Woodell reported that $17,000 of the CDBG Distress
Grant is left. He suggested the roof at Memorial Park
pool be replaced at a cost of $8,300. Noting the
monies must be spent in the same areas as the original
projects, he noted expensive improvements have been
made at the bathhouse and the roof leaking roof is
causing damage.
        Suggested also was a sidewalk on Shady Ave. for WES
students.

< Riesbeck’s Ready to Fire Up Grill for 4-H Endowment Fund

Connie Williams of the Monroe County 4-H Endowment
Committee and Kirt Sloan, manager of Riesbeck’s in
Woodsfield, are ready to get out the grills and serve
up sausage and ribeye steak sandwiches to benefit the
4-H Endowment fund. The annual event will be held
Friday, April 18 from  7 a.m.  to 5 p.m. in the
Woodsfield Riesbeck’s parking lot on SR78 West.


        It’s time to fire up the grills,  and once again it’s
your chance to enjoy a tasty sandwich. Woodsfield
Riesbeck’s hold its Spring Sausage and Ribeye Sandwich
Sale on April 18, from 7 a.m. to 5 pm. Riesbeck’s
employees will join forces with the Monroe County 4-H
Endowment committee to financially support the 4-H
Endowment.
        During 2007, funds began to flow back into the Monroe
County 4-H Program in the form of interest income
since the Monroe County 4-H Endowment exceeded the
$25,000 goal (in 2006) to endow the fund with The Ohio
State University Development Fund. County 4-H
endowments are permanent funds made possible through
individual donations, business and corporate
contributions and fund raising events. Currently the
fund balance is over $39,000. The Monroe County 4-H
Com-mittee has used some of the interest income for
three college scholarships, assisting 4-H participants
exhibiting at the state fair, and community service
grants for 4-H clubs. Other items to be funded with
income from the Endowment are 4-H camperships,
learning experiences for 4-H members, and personal
development scholarships. Currently the 4-H program
touches over 500 Monroe County youth through community
4-H clubs and 4-H cloverbud clubs.
        Riesbeck’s employees will be staffing the grills and
preparing the sandwiches. Other food donations for the
event have come from Conns Potato Chip Company in
Zanesville, Nickels Bakery, Caito Foods and Pepsi.
Last spring the sale raised $3,050 for the 4-H
endowment.

<Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,
        In reply to the letter to the editor April 10, signed
by Mr. Michael Yonak.
        The only thing I can say about the letter is, you
have to consider the source.
Carl Delbrugge
Woodsfield

Dear Editor,
        Bright memories fill my heart remembering Armstrongs
Store.
        To me, a seven or eight year old, it seemed huge. A
very long ground-level store.
        No shelves lined the walls. Merchandise was displayed
on long tables between aisles. It was hard.
        Seeing the tables’ contents, even standing on
tip-toes, my memories are bright-skylights  in the
ceiling.
        Reading in the Beacon about Ed Lohr finding a glass
mural of Armstrongs in a box of old books, brought the
memories and the fact that I have a
Matchbox-compliments Armstrongs Corner Department
Store, a good place to shop, Woodsfield, Ohio.
Bertha Burkhart
Woodsfield

Dear Editor,
        In response to the letter in your Our Reader’s Write
column, April 10, issue of the Beacon, I have a
question to ask the author. What is your real reason
for the personal grievance with Mr. and Mrs.
Delbrugge? I felt as soon as I read the letter that
there must be a personal problem involved.
        North Main Street runs from the center of town where
SR800 and SR78 cross. This area of town is referred to
as “The Town Square.” North Main Street extends all
the way from The Town Square to the Woodsfield
corporation sign on CR27.  At the corner of North Main
and Maple Avenue is the beginning of CR27 as you
continue driving north.
        In my investigation of your letter, I found that you
live past the county garage on CR27. I am sure that
you use CR27 and North Main Street on a daily basis. I
know that the road from the corner of North Main
Street (the beginning of CR27) and Maple Avenue (SR26)
to the corporation sign north on CR27 has both a
southbound and a northbound lane (normal road).
        For many years now, the county garage has been
located on CR27 and the employees have driven many
large trucks out and back on this road to do their
work. Now we have the addition of many 18 wheel
tractor trailers using the same road due to the
businesses located in the Commerce Park just past the
county garage.
        I drove from the corner of North Main Street and
Maple Avenue to the village corporation sign on CR27
to make sure of the signs that are located on this
section of North Main Street (CR27). Southbound I
found three signs saying ‘No’ parking from Dec. 1 thru
March 31, from the point of the top of the hill going
south. Another sign saying ‘No’ parking across from
the driveway, across from 310 North Main Street, to
keep vehicles from blocking any time, and the other
‘No’ parking. So one can park on the southbound side
and not the northbound side. This is a matter for the
village council to decide, not the engineer.
        At the corner of North Main and Maple Ave. and also
at the village corporation sign, on CR 27, you will
find a speed limit sign stating that the speed limit
from the corner of North Main and Maple Ave. to the
corporation sign on CR27, either way shows, of all
things, a required speed limit of no more than 25 mph.
Another sign showing ‘slow-children,’ which  means
that those driving on this stretch of road must be
careful and watch while driving the required speed
limit of 25 mph for children that might be in and/or
playing in the area is also posted at both points. One
sign tells you the required speed limit and  another
to watch out for children playing. Have you ever
noticed them?
        Now, the only person who will be responsible for any
one’s death on this and any other road similar to this
one will be the person behind the steering wheel of a
vehicle (large or small) that is either speeding
faster than the posted limit, intoxicated in any way,
and or just not paying attention while driving. Of
course we should not rule out a person’s vehicle that
might lose its brakes or blow a tire. Just because
there is legal parking on North Main Street (CR27),
southbound, does not make the owner of that vehicle
parked responsible for any accident. Only the driver
of a vehicle that is moving would be responsible.
        If in the future there is a need to enlarge this
section of North Main Street (CR27), I am sure that
the village council will be responsible and take the
needed steps to see that it is done.
        Why have I taken up so much time and space to ask you
why you submitted your letter sir? I have lived on
South Main Street (the last property on the southbound
side) for over 38 1/2 years. I have, on a daily basis
along with our neighbors, watched and heard thousands
of vehicles, large and small, speed past our homes
faster than the 35 mph limit that is posted just
inside of the village corporation line (our property
line). The speed limit warning sign is several hundred
feet from the outside of the corporation line. Not
only vehicles coming into Woodsfield at over 35 mph,
also those who feel the urge to fly out of town at 55
mph or more starting at St. Paul’s United Church of
Christ or the Catholic Church.
        Accidents do happen young man, but because someone
behind the wheel driving is not paying attention or is
just down right irresponsible in some other way. Mr.
and Mrs. Delbrugge, or any other residents living on
any street, are not responsible for another drivers
behavior, just their own. Pay attention when behind
the steering wheel of a moving vehicle. You are the
responsible party if you are behind the wheel,
driving.
Katherine Weber
Woodsfield

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

MARGUERITE WINKEL
        Marguerite L. Winkel, 74, Bad Axe, Michigan, and
formerly of Harbor Beach, Michigan died March 13,
2008, in Bay Regional Medical Center in Bay City,
Mich. She was born March 14, 1933 in Antioch, the
daughter of the late Irwin and Golda Billman Straight.

HELEN LUCAS
        Helen Caldwell Lucas, 96, Powhatan Point, died April
9, 2008, in Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale,
W.Va. She was born Dec. 20, 1911 in Powhatan Point, a
daughter of the late Oscar and Nettie Dotta
Boetticher. Share your thoughts and memories with
Helen’s family at www.altmeyer.com.

VIRGINIA BROWN
        Virginia Elizabeth Johnson Brown, 91, Woodsfield,
formerly of Somerton and Bethesda, died April 11,
2008, at Woods-field Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center. She was born Jan. 8, 1917, on Methodist Ridge
near St. Clairsville, a daughter of the late Thomas A.
Johnson and Elizabeth Kurth Johnson.

DOROTHY K. VAN DYNE
        Dorothy K. Van Dyne, 92, Barnesville, died April 11,
2008, at the Barnesville Health Care Center. She was
born Nov. 20, 1915, at Hannibal, a daughter of the
late Edward and Minnie Diehl Feiock.
Condolences may be made at
www.campbellplumlymilburnfuneralhome.com.

DOROTHY E. CHRISTMAN
        Dorothy E. Christman, 87, Woodsfield, died April 13,
2008, at Belmont Community Hos-pital, Bellaire.
Friends were received April 15 at Bauer-Turner Funeral
Home, Woods-field, where funeral service will be held
April 16, at 1 p.m.
        Online condolences to www.bauerturner.com

GREG A. HAMILTON
Greg A. Hamilton, 52, Margate, Fla., formerly of
Monroe County, died April 9, 2008, in Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla. He was born April 13, 1955, in Martins Ferry, a
son of the late Charles M. Hamilton and Lois Jean
Young Hamilton. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.bauerturner.com

DAN KELLEY
        Dan Kelley, 53, of Zanesville and formerly of
Jerusalem, died April 14 in Millersport.               
Arrangements pending at the Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville.
        Online condolences to:www.harperfh.net


<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

        Don’t envy evil people; don’t desire their company.
They spend their days plotting evil, and their words
are always stirring up trouble.
        I hope you have heard or read in the April 7 issue of
the Monroe County Sentinel regarding the approximately
300,000 dollar possible grant available for Summit
Township/ Lewisville as the investment area as a part
of the CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization funding.
        Awarding of the grant is based in part on how many
people in the community and county care enough to come
out and support obtaining the grant.
        Needless to say, your help is needed. Any development
or improvement in any part of the county helps the
total county, and it would be a shame to allow this
opportunity to slip away. I understand this money
could also be used to provide matching funds for other
grants that might be available, but receiving this
grant is the most important thing at present.
        Two meetings are planned for interested folks to
attend, learn more about the grant, and make
suggestions for needed projects as a result of the
grant. One meeting was held April 8, along with a
fundraising spaghetti dinner. The second meeting is
planned for April 19, at 7 p.m. The firemen are also
planning a chicken BBQ fundraiser this evening.
        As I see it, you have four choices: (1) attend the
meeting at 7 p.m., (2) come earlier and enjoy an
excellent BBQ chicken dinner, (3) sign the application
form, (4) stop by and sign the application if you have
something else planned for the evening.
        The important thing is you sign the application as
that indicates You Support This Grant. You need not
live in the Summit/Lewisville Community to sign the
application. I hope you will be able to help Monroe
County move forward.
        The April 8 meeting was well attended and a number of
projects were suggested. I understand the meeting on
the 19th will have a cost of the various projects and
selections will be made. The application must be
completed and sent to the state by June 27, there are
usually 25-30 applications submitted and 10 selected
for funding. Citizens participation and the number of
people benefiting is very important. In addition, you
can’t beat the Lewisville Firemen’s chicken BBQ.
        Well, a horse made the news several times this past
week. I even turned our TV away from a basketball game
to find out how they removed him from the cliff. I was
pleased but a bit disappointed as I was interesting in
knowing how they were going to do the job.
        The TV show Mr. Ed came to mind. It was one of my
favorite shows. I guess a talking horse is stupid, but
I watched it most every time it was on, including
reruns. I’ve also heard many say, “He has good horse
sense.” OK I’ve also heard, “He doesn’t have the sense
God gave a goose.”
        I guess maybe the old horse looked down from his
perch and seeing all those people looking up at him
thought, “Are those people down there going to help me
or just look?” When it started to get dark and they
started leaving he thought, “They are not going to
help me; however, they did leave me a good meal and
plenty of water so that’s all I need to get off this
cliff. I’ll wait until night because I’m afraid of
heights.” So he did.
        The heartwarming thing about the horse on the cliff
was the number of experts in Animal Rescue who came to
the rescue. One group came from Maryland. All this
effort for a horse.
        On the other hand, I heard several say at the Know
Show, and later on TV, “Who’s going to pay for this.”
They realized it happened in Belmont County so we
don’t have to worry about it.
        We’ve really had a run of beautiful weather the last
few days. Isn’t it something how quickly the lawn
grass starts growing? A good warm day or so sets it
off.
        I came across some home remedies the other day, and
it brought back memories. Although I cannot vouch for
all of them, but one struck home or close. Although
sore throat season is past, you might want to remember
this for a sore throat. Mix 1/4 cup of honey with 1/4
cup of vinegar and take one tablespoon six times a
day. The vinegar kills the bacteria. I’m almost sure
this will work as we had to gargle vinegar and salt
when we had a sore throat. Sometimes we could get Dr.
Frost to spray our throat with iodine. This worked
too.
        We should have known about this next one during the
flu season. If you have achy muscles from a bout of
the flu, mix one tablespoon of horseradish in one cup
of olive oil. Let the mixture set for 30 minutes; then
apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for
aching muscles.
        Excuse #8: TV dinners will be available for those who
claim they can’t go to church and cook dinner too.
        Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.
        Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 119:57-64; From Daniel
(Tues.) 6:1-4; (Wed.) 6:5-9; (Thurs.) 6:10-14; (Fri.)
6:15-18; (Sat.) 6:19-23; (Sun.) 6:24-28.