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Page 4--bt atabontas imQApril 3, 2003 1 -2-3! Corps gives update on Marlinton levee project Mayor Doug Dunbrack greeted those attending the Corps of Engineers public meeting on the levee-floodwall project for area. He felt sure everyone had learned that the State of West Virginia would join the project as sponsor of the local share of the cost, as announced by Governor Bob Wise, and the Mayt credited Senator Wait Helmick for the success of the etTmt. Karen Miller updated the group on the levee/floodwall combination from the bridge at Campbelltown and around Riverside, and from Greenbrier Hill down dm Greenbrier and up Knapps Creek around Mar- linton. There will be purchased about 100 tracts or portions of tracts: at the wetlands the dirt will be taken out and replaced. Instead of October, the U.S. government didn't get the budget signed until February; the Corps had to wait until the budget was actually signed, so there wasn't a financial partner during the winter and the project was pushed back. They have funds enough to start the Corps Headquarters office. They will be beginning next year to get papers signed, getting real estate at Riverside, and get office up and running. The next spring they will be ready to start, time depending on weather, and while Riverside con- struction goes on, they will be working on Marlinton. The Corps was lirst authorized to proceed up to $12,000,000, then up to $47,000,000, and this will have to be raised to $89,000,000. Work will have to include sewer lines and electrical relocation. Advertisement and award of pro- jecL hrst phase 2005, second phase 2006, completion March 2011 with hope for 2010. In answer to a question, the Corps said there was no increase of level of flooding at residences in Campbelltown because of the pro- jecL 4. MARLINTON LOCAL PROTECTION ALTERNATIVE 1 PROJECT .: . " 1 , " ,,. , ., y": ;: . o: : Durbin residents discuss moving Local citizens expressed opin- ions about the future of the North- ern Pocahontas County Health Clinic on Monday nighL March 24. The most divisive issue was whether to keep the clinic in Dur- bin and expand or build new at a free building site at the East Fork Industrial Park in Frank. Opinions were fairly well divided on both sides. Mike Douglas, NPCHC Board President, was in charge of the meeting held in tim crowded waiting room at the clinic. He told of Dr. Joe Stefll's dream, prior to his death, to have a new clinic at the EFIP. Douglas also said ff the non-profit organization owned their building, they could tap into federal grant money. Douglas then introduced a hired architect, Bryson Van Nostrand, from Bucldaannon. He noted the present building has served well, but if expansion is foreseen in the future a larger building and parking lot are needed. He mentioned the present building could be purchased for $75,000 and the house and lot Ins' rough estimate of $200,000. Former board member Donnie Curry noted, "This would be a beautiful building in not a very beautiful setting. Local pastor John Riffe spoke against the clinic leaving Durbin. He said it is a "terrible idea" to build a health clinic in an industrial park. Nancy Benetato, a Durbin resi- dent, said she does not drive and wants the clinic to remain there. She ,ked if there was a move, how long would it take. Douglas replied that it might be two years. Resident Don Jennings had a concern about the cost of a new site preparation. The consensus was that it was not in the flood plain, it was flat and it was filled in and graveled in the late 1980's. It should be ready to build on. Barrow resident Jason Bauser- man said he liked the original plan of a clinic/library/community center housed next to each other at the EFIP. He explained the small com- munities of At'oovaie and Dunmore had community centers. He felt next door for $20,000, but even with expansion and renovation, the problems of flooding and parking remain. Having evaluated other buildings in Durbin, Van Nostrand concluded, "It does point to a new structure. Town resident Buster Varner asked how it would be funded. NPCHC Administrator Rick Simons answered with a low inter- est loan from the Center for Rural Health Development and a bank loan. Simmons guessed there are 3,000 visits yearly at present. He wanted a larger space for privacy and visits by specialists like a car- diologist and physical therapist. Minimum space would require 3,500 square feet compared to the present 2,100 square feet. He stated circular flow within the building would be a priority. Board member Michelle Arbo- gast voiced concerns about driving on the narrow and hilly road with semi-trucks at the old tannery site. She also figured a new clinic would cost $275,000 compared to Doug- Cass bridge possibilities detailed high water. Following input from the public and various governmental agencies in 1999, two additional alternates were studied by the consultant. aey are: 5. Relocation of Rt. 66 and a new bridge approximately 2400 feet downstream from the present bridge. This alternate would elim- inate traffic to Snowshoe and other through traffic from traveling with- in the park. The bridge would have to be 650 feet long. The new alignment of Rt. 66 would leave the present road at the curve into town and rejoin the present road near the intersection with the road to Deer Creek. The estimated cost is $8 million for the bridge and $800,000 for the new road, right-of-way, and utili- ties. The study also notes there are possible wetland impacts that will require mitigation measures. Also there is possible impact on the Slabtown area of the Cass Historic District. 6. A new bridge at the present site, but constructed to resemble the historic structure. This new bridge would also be 170 feet long. Esti- mated cost of this project-is $1,190,000 for the bridge and $376,000 in other costs. Written comments on the propo- sals for a the Cass bridge should be sent to Jim Sothen, P.E., Director, Engineering Division, WV Divi- sion of Highways, Capitol Com- plex Building 5, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305. Deadline for comments is April 21. As Seen on TV!... Now, through this exclusive newspaper advertising offer, you can get best-selling author Matthew Lesko's book at a fantastic price! "Free Money to Change your Lif00" 15,000 sources of gov't funds, you'll find money to start a business, pay bills, travel, get an education, follow your dreams for only " i00lllM s,lr-$2995 ($59.95,0r book and cassettes) CALL 1"800"582"2111 or Order On Line at : www.lesko.com/newsl 1 recreation for youth and adults was particularly needful in wintertime. He said no one mentions a com- munity center anymore and he doesn/t want it to die. Arbovale resident and board member Harold Crist summed up his feelings. Originally he opposed the Arbovaie Post Office closing down, but says now he just has to walk out his door to get his mail. Crist noted tim new fire department at Green Bank is still called Bartow- Frank-Durbin Fire Department. He also invited Bauserman and anyone else to use their ntiy Center. Durbin Frank Proud said as |1 wanted the clinic to bin. But as presidea hontas "would help the possible" if they Frank. Douglas haven't made a announced a vote bY! directors the next Neighborhood Watch to begin in by Jason Bauserman Contributing Writer The Neighborhood Watch Pro- gram will become a reality in northern Pocahontas CountY. Donald L. Jennings was selected as coordinator for the program. The Durbin resident said he would like to install NWP signs from Bartow to the west end of Durbin on the Lion's Club board. He said any suspicious activity will be documented. Jennings said he hoped the group can help citi- zens burglar-proof their homes. A meeting "has already been scheduled with senior citizens to do that. Pocahontas County Commis- sioner James Carpenter noted he re- ceived $400 from the county com- mission to purchase a camcorder to document drug dealings. "We are going to 100% coopera- tion from the sheriff and feet (tWO 11 foot lanes and three foot shoulders). In each case the bridge itself would cost $702,000. The variation in costs comes from the work needed on the approaches to the bridge as well as right-of-way cot and cost to relocate utilities. Alternate 3 also has a $150,000 cost for a temporary bridge. 4. Renovation of the present bridge. This would involve the complete removal and replacement of the existing parapets and side- walk, repair of the arches and span- drel walls, repair or replacement of the wing walls, and pouring a new deck. The estimated cost of this al- ternate is from $806,000 to $876,000. The study notes that the renovated bridge would still only have an 18 foot roadway width and with no change in the waterway, still be vulnerable to damage from 0o!0 , The Division of Highways (DOH) held a public informational meeting in Cass last Thursday con- cerning replacement of the bridge on Rt. 66 over the Greenbrier River at Cass. The existing bridge was built in 1917 and consists of two concrete arch spans. The total length of the bridge is 151 feet. The DOH released a study in No- vember 1998 which gave five alter- nates for the site. The study was done by Stafford Consultants, Inc., of Princeton. The first alternate is the "No Build Alternate." The study notes that this is really not a feasible op- tion, due to the condition of the structure. No-build would eventu- ally result in the closing of the bridge to traffic. With the use of Rt. 66 as a new access to Snowshoe Mountain and the isola- tion the bridge closing would cause for the Cass Scenic Railroad, this is not considered a possible course of action by the consultant. The four "Build Alternates" in the original study are: 1. A new bridge upstream of the existing structure, with an estimat- ed cost of $999,000. 2. A new bridge immediately downstream from the present bridge, with an estimated cost of $946,000. 3. A new bridge at the existing location, with an estimated cost of $1,078,000. 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