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Vol. VI No.6 April 10, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia .g Home Permit :ed In Pocahontas Lght $2 million nursing moved closer to with the re-activa- of need for the option secured on on U. S. 219 north is being followed aocahontas Memorial Marlinton, which could admissions a year from home, according to ad- Howard Ellis. That JId help compensate for Over 80 admissions a benmar State Hospital, June 30. rtificate of need for the filed with the West Care Cost Review put on hold three feel the time is right Charleston health Bill Crouch said. Mr a group of three developers who are oct. in locating the facil- is to keep the resi- Denmar Hospital in the to their families," Mr "We anticipate a staff and we intend to em- said the proposed the east side of U. S. distance north of all legal requirements a timely fashion, the to begin construction Very pleased with the assistance, and en- We're already received and Marlinton in getting the proposal moving along. Poca- hontas Memorial Hospital has been helpful, too. We intend to contract with them for a number of medical services we will need." In the meantime, plans for a new Pocahontas Memorial Hospital are still going "full blast," according to administrator Howard Ellis. A $4.2 million 27-bed facility is planned for a 40-acre site adjacent to Marlinton Middle School in Beard Heights, one mile south of Marlinton on U. S. 219. Compensation for the lost reve- nue expected from Denmar's closing must be shown in a feasibility study currently being developed for the hospital, Mr Ellis explained. Marketing and planning consult- ant John Moore of Saint Louis has begun work to determine what addi- tional services the hospital can offer to increase operating funds. Mr Moore works with Campbell Facili- ties Group, which is doing the archi- tectural and engineering work for the new facility. "Through r eeting with various people throughout the community, Mr Moore hopes to get a good handle on what we need to be offer- ing here," Mr Ellis said. It looks at this time as if we will begin to offer ambulatory surgery sometime soon. A surgeon we have contacted has expressed interest in providing that service for us. We will also probably develop some services in physical therapy, and we are investigating other areas of need, too. In spite of the anticipated 20 per cent loss of admissions resulting from the Denmar closing, the hospi- tal can continue to rely on admission from Marlinton's Pocahontas Con- See "Hillsboro", pg. 2-A of Commissioners: Persons attended the of the Ronceverte many re- an local radio an- commissioners ~urate. on WKCJ in- citizens" to at- :ing at the Ronceverte reference to a six- icipal increase to be state, which will be in June." A representa- did not reveal the le person or persons information for the meeting Virgil he Ronceverte Mer- ation suggested a six- increase Pal fees" to provide for city services. A fi- nance committee was appointed to look into generating more revenue for the town, but no report has yet been received from the group. At a special meeting March 19, the Board of Commissioners voted to increase the municipal fee by $3 per month for both residential and business customers. The measure passed on second reading at the April 3 meeting. A group opposed to the increase is circulating a petition against it. According to City Recorder Susan White, a petition signed by 30 per- cent of the city's qualified voters must be filed no later than 15 days after April 10 for the matter to be decided by voters during the June 10 municipal elections. Amy Morrison, a member of the group opposing the fee increase, said 235 persons have already See "Ronceverte", pg. 2-A rier West ,S ;~i An operation which recycles paint and lacquer solvents is being pro- posed for Rainelle's former Bowman Bulk Plant by two Virginia Tech graduates. Chemical engineers Brecc Avel- lar of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Erick Greanleaf of Covington, Virginia, contacted the Rainelle Town Coun- cil in March concerning their pro- posal. The two plan to meet with the Council in May or June to discuss their proposal in more detail. The plant would serve industries which use paint and lacquer thin- ners, removing impurities from the used liquids and transporting it back to the industries. "There are already firms doing this all over the country, but I don't know of any in West Vir- ginia at this time," Mr Avellar said in a recent telephone interview. "A lot of them serve large industries--we hope to focus on smaller ones. As our revenue increases we would branch out to larger ones." The now-closed Bowman Bulk Plant, on Route 20 approximately one-half mile south of town, oper- ated from 1943 to 1980 as a dis- tributor of Gulf Oil Products. The owner gave it to the city in 1989. Mr Avellar said he and his partner would either purchase or lease the Notice! No More On Tuesdays: To Serve You Better Mountain Messenger Will Now Be Published Every Thursday Starting April 19 Watch Us Grow! Rowan Home M had att, Lewisburg ~i~.., ~ . ................ plant from the city. ,~ ':~.~, .: ' "Our major hurdle at this time is ..... ~ .................the requirement we obtain a hazard- ~ ous waste permit," Mr Avellar said, ......... ............ This involves geological studies a Legislation granting the authority to the Department of Health and Human Resources to close, sell or lease certain health care facilities passed and signed by the governor has brought concerns from citizens, businesses and community leaders of Monroe County about the fate of Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home acco"t'ding to Delegate Mary P. Compton (D-Monroe). "1 would like to review what is happening in relation to Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home," Mrs Compton said. "The governor signed HB 4344, referred to as the Facilities Management bill, March 13. I op- posed that measure based on my concern for the residents and em- ployees as well as the great histori- cal significance of the building." Mrs Compton said there have been many rumors afloat regarding the fate of the home. "In an effort to share the facts with those con- cerned, t would like to point out some developments related to the sale or lease of Andrew S. Rowan." "The Monroe County Commis- sion has expressed an interest in See "Rowan", pg. 2-A ~j!ii~ii~, ~ ;~ 0 at Greenbrler West High School got a $1,00 Rupert Woman's Club. President Evelyn Hinkle (left) check to Kaye Burkholder (center), chairman of the Shafer, treasurer of the Woman's Club stands by, in the bank. Omen's Club held a turkey dinner April 1 at the Corn- wish to thank all their friends who attended Rainelle, Lewisburg and surrounding areas. town evacuation plan, and a lot of other details we just can't afford-- and things we feel are inappropriate for our type of operation. We would be handling less volume of flam- mable materials than the average busy gas station. We plan to handle ethanol, methanol, and other paint solvents. We'll certainly will be tak- ing all required safety measures-- and actually go beyond those." Mr Avellar and Mr Greanleaf. whose business organization is known as Highland Processing Company, will petition the Environ- mental Protection Agency (EPA) for an exemption from the hazardous waste permit requirement. They will also address the concerns of air and water pollution control boards. "We would have virtually no air emis- sions, and, as far as water is con- cerned, we would dispose only what is used for cooling, in addition to the normal sewage released from any business." The recycling procedure starts, according to Mr Avetlar, as workers bring in the used solvents from painting, furniture work, and metal work. They are shipped by trucks in drums or tankers and put directly into a container where they are boiled. That procedure separates the solvent from thesludge; the sol- vent is driven into a condenser and recovered as a clean, clear liquid. The sludge, made up mainly of metal shavings and paint, is taken in drums to a hazardous waste dis- posal plant and burned there. The company plans to market its services to West Virginia and south- we3tern Virginia. After getting all le- gal permits necessary to begin work, the plant could be operational within ten months, Mr Avellar said. From ten to fifteen persons would be em- ployed the first year, he said, with more to be added as the business grows. When asked why he chose Rainelle as a potential site for his proposed recycling operation, Mr Avettar said, "1 like the area a lot and have visited there quite a few times. In talking with the Economic Devel- opment Authority in FebrUary we became aware of the site in See "Ralnelle", Pg. 2-A Inside Today About Herbs ...................... 6A Agriculture ........................ 6A Briefly ................................ 2A Church Bulletin ............ 4&5B Classified .......................... 7D For the Record ...... , ........... 3A From the Mayor's Desk .... 5A Garden Patch .................... 3C Hand in Hand ............... ,..,.7B Home Accent ............. ..,,.7B .Inside Late Night Radio ...8D Obituaries ........ ; ................. 7A Opinion ...................... , ....... 4A Roberta ....................... : ...... 6 B Saints ................................. 1 B Sports ................................ 1 D i , ii ,i Ronceverte About 1910 Hitch Up Old Dobbin--Let's Head To Town Do you know these ladles? They stopped on Monroe Avenue, near P. Heiskell Smith's home and store, in Ronceverte. From the look of their clothing end their transportation, the picture appears to have been taken sometime during the first decade of this century. Mrs Paul Yates of Ronceverte loaned us this picture. If you know who the ladles are, please write the Mountain Messenger, 122 North Court Street, Lewisbur .