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Army boots may bring jobs and MarlJinton shoe ze h Writer County Devel- Board met again With Tom Allen. the Footwear, in to find a solution to an that has dogged the board through- meetings. about a promising deal manufacturing Army Boots. which start" the failed bus- again extended the Allen to either pay the Owes PDA, or vacate the the money. Nevertheless, in a hastily called special meeting two days later, the board asked their attorney Walt Weford to write Allen a letter say- ing he had violated several clauses in the lease, and must vacate the property within 30 days or comply with the lease. Board members said they were concerned about the building&apos;s lack of insurance, and PDA's possible liability. At last week's meeting Allen ap- peared dispirited and uncertain over what to do next. He said he had serious concerns about operating under the uncertainty of a month-to- month building lease, which could mean sudden eviction in the future. Allen told the board he had put his business loan "in a holding pattern," until he knew whether he'd still have a factory to work in. On the other hand, Allen said he believes he has a 90-percent chance of obtaining a new contract to man- ufacture up to 95,000 pairs of Israe- li Army boots, which could provide almost immediate employment for I l- 13 people. An order of that size could take about a year to fill, and would quickly allow him to pay his debts, and jump-start his business, Allen said. Under the contract, the private company would provide Greenbrier Footwear with all the equipment or materials needed to make the boots, he added. Despite his company's financial problems, Allen said Marlinton re- mains a very attractive place to manufacture shoes. It is one of a very few shoe manufacturers left in the development au- 597.03 for insurance, ), and some ility bills dating back 'provide local jobs, the extended to pay his debts. he has a viable bus- future. The board While Allen tried to money needed to switch into the more lucrative shoe market, encour- business deals he factory the United States. The average wag- es offered here are 25% lower than those offered in many other Ameri- can cities. And, Marlinton has a workforce experienced in making shoes. In addition, several of the workers, laid off when Greenbrier Footwear closed down last year are still looking for work, and would jump at the chance to return to the company. When seasonal workers at Snowshoe Mountain Resort are laid off after ski season ends, Allen said he would expect no trouble finding all the workers he would need. PDA board members reluctantly agreed to give Allen until April 9 to show them documented proof of his business deals or line of credit, and to pay back what he owes, or lose his lease. "There's nothing I'd like more than to see 10 to 12 people up there and going to work," commented PDA board member James Car- penter. "If you can fulfill your agreements, I'd be the happiest per- son alive." In other actions, the PDA board discussed renewed interest in PDA's Coke Plant in Marlinton by two residents who would like to lease the plant for business purposes. Board members said the Coke Plant, vacant for the past 12 years, is in qeed of repair, and is being used for storage by three entities, including the Green Bank Library and a local school. They said they plan to discuss what to do with the building in upcoming meetings, and will ask the people who are us- meeting last showed the board let- on two such deals, in- "in the six figures" him to pur- high-tech equipment shoes, he agreed to give to come up with n Town Council holds special meeting are in it for the money and objected to the increase. Mr. Gibb noted there had been two recent trips to Charleston with no expenses paid and there will be more. Ms. Mutscheller moved to break motion into parts, but the original motion was on the floor and it was approved 4-2. The Mayor reported figures for the proposed budget: property tax income of $105,737, gross sales taxes $40,826, various other taxes and fees of lesser amounts, rents and concessions, to total $45,000, and garbage $135,246, plus smaller items, for a total income of $405,545 in General Fund; Coal Severance of $2,174 to be spent on streets; Expenditures: salaries $47,228, police $49,719, city hall $66,721 streets and highways, $71,945, street lights $15,983, cen- Town Council met on Tuesday, all members pres- revisions for the Were presented and tral garage $10,641, garbage $138,098. plus smaller items, Dan-land gave a report from which rec- $650 yearly wage a minimum and an increase of for elected officials, or build- this has to the budget is followed said she had to see how much had and how we the other 170 Class where salaries to $300 a month; members all my #I tustomers. will now be open on orningStar FolkArts NOW OPEN - APRIL HOURS Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 5:30 p.m. Hillsboro, WV 24946-0148 (304) 653-4397 TA I N who Canned lift ticket II receive a ticket. 24 end tap and enjoy some ng! total $405,545. This budget and levy estimate are advertised in this paper for two weeks. By July 1 final adjustments are made to the State Budget Office after year's figures are in. Council approved the budget. The group moved to the audi- torium to meet with the Corps of Engineers. i I Exhaust Tires 24 Hr. Towing ! Standard & Modified Im-pections I Hlllsboro 653-4562 Evenings 653-4467' Join us on Thursday 9 for our regular pool tournament or Friday for our , mixed doubles " tournament For tt young trod 5-SECO00 TRIP valid Pocahontas County, WV ID. ing the building to remove their things. Meanwhile, the board plans to tour the Coke Plant at their next meeting to learn what condition it is in. "You won't like what you see," warned board member, Jean Hite. The board also voted to accept an amended budget for the last fiscal year. In an attempt to get its ac- counting more precise, the new budget itemizes PDA's earnings and expenditures on a monthly basis. Board members also agreed to in- vestigate purchasing more up-to- date accounting software. Finally, PDA Treasurer David Cain showed the board a letter he received from Lewis Brewer, legal counsel to the West Virginia Ethics Commission, in response to an in- quiry he'd made about whether the board had recently violated the Open Meetings Act. The query concerned the authori- ty's approval of an invoice submit- ted by president Frank Proud, to re- imburse him $84 for his time and expenditures on the CSX land pur- chase project in Durbin. Brewer stated the board's decision probably was not in compliance with the act, as the reimbursement was not clear- ly specified on the agenda. Proud, and authority vice-presi- dent J.D. Morgan, expressed indig- nation at the legal opinion, and suggested that the attorney had not been given all the information he needed to make such a decision. Af- ter a heated debate, Proud abruptly adjourned the meeting, and left. 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Fitzgerald, of Green Bank, appeared before Magistrate Beverage on Thursday on a com- plaint charging her with possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana. She was placed on probation for six months and assessed $121 in court costs. Tpr. Barlow filed the com- plaint against her. Andrew C. Fahrny, of Marlinton. pied guilty to a charge of consum- ing alcohol under age 21 in Magis- trate Beverage's court on Friday. He was sentenced to 60 hours in jail with a fine of $25 and $115 in court costs. A charge of DUI was dismissed and replaced with a charge of driving with a measurable amount of alcohol. He was released on $500 bond for this offense. Richard A. Via, of Stony Bot- tom, was arrested on Friday by Marlinton Police Chief E. L. Tin- ney on a charge of driving with his license suspended due to DUI. He was released the next day on $500 bond Larry Turner, of Marlinton, was arrested on a charge of malicious wounding, a felony, by State Police Tpr. W. A. Pendleton on Friday. He was placed in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond Connie F. Turner, of Marlinton, was arrested Friday by Tpr. Pendle- ton and charged with obstructing an officer. She was released on $500 bond on Sunday. Dora L. Townsend, of Durbin, was arrested Saturday on charges of DUI with a minor and possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana by Deputy Sheriff R. R. Alkire, II. She was released on $1000 bond. Joseph E. Sacra. of Hillsboro, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff B. C. Totten on Sunday and charged with domestic battery. He was placed in jail in lieu of $2500 bond. Several felony cases have been transferred to the Circuit Court. There are Tommy C. Vandvender. of Bartow, for unlawful/malicious wounding. Misty Trent. of Ronce- verte, for forgery and uttering: Catherine L. Gibson, of Marlinton, for obtaining goods under false pre- tenses: and Greg C. Sharp, of Cass, on a variety of offenses. O O / t / I+ tlllNatin'M -" WV  +  Public He,th W_.k Jacob S. Meck Construction, L.L.C. 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