Anmoores water dispute
heads to court
Woman responds to citys suit, says she
was not allowed to set up payment plan
by James Fisher
A Clarksburg woman who has been sued by the Town
of Anmoore for an overdue water bill says she has unsuccessfully tried
to set up a payment plan with the town.
Patricia Anderson of Route 1, Box 493-A is one of
22 people the town sued in March. According to the suit, Anderson owes
a past-due water account of $73.88. She is the only person to respond to
the lawsuits, so far, according to magistrate court records.
Anderson said she does not dispute the bill, but
says she just wants a chance to make payments. They gave the mayors wife
payment arrangements and she has almost a $3,000 bill, Anderson said.
Why cant they give me a payment plan?
Anderson was notified of the lawsuit March 31 and filed an answer the
same day, said Harrison County Magistrate Tammy Marple.
Anderson said she has tried to set up a payment
plan, but town officials would not let her, according to the answer she
filed. I first became aware of the bill when I got a certified letter
from the town about a month ago. But I never got anything before that in
the regular mail, she said. I called the town about the bill, and they
said I couldnt make payments. Then it just jumped from a certified letter
to the magistrate. Anderson moved from Anmoore to Clarksburg in July 1998,
A hearing before Marple is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. May 14.
The town filed the 22 lawsuits in March for water
and sewage accounts more than 90 days past-due totaling $2,272.61.
Town officials, however, say Anderson did not respond to their attempts
to collect the bad debt and only asked about a payment plan after she was
She was already served when she called here wanting
to make payments, said Anmoore water clerk Kim Hinerman. Its out of
our hands now that its in magistrate court.
If Anderson and the town can resolve the debt, there
may not need to be a hearing and the suit could be dismissed outright,
Marple said. Somebody told her that we could set up a payment plan, but
we dont do that, Marple said. She needs to make payments to the town,
Final water bills and a collection letter were sent
to Anderson, Hinerman said, but the town received no response.
Anderson also did not respond even after a letter was sent saying if
the bill was not paid a suit would be filed in magistrate court, she said.
Bridgeport plans for future growth
by Torie Knight
Bridgeport isnt finished growing.
Mayor Joe Timms said Tuesday that although no one
is knocking on the door saying, Let me in, there is still room for the
city to grow.
Timms appointed three Bridgeport Building Commission
members to also serve on the Mayors Advisory Commission on Economic and
Industrial Development. The commission is part of the citys charter and
needed for continued growth, Timms said. Residents Al Hefner, Okey
Bowers and Bridget Furbee serve on the committees.
According to the charter, the groups purpose is
to examine economic development, the use of public buildings and issues
in planning, zoning, housing and annexation. Its anything that would
relate to the development of the community, Timms said.
At the next meeting of the commission, members will
look at incentive plans for new and old businesses, work on a retention
program to strengthen existing businesses and develop an annexation plan.
We have to ask where we should be going as a city, Timms said. The group
will work with growth and development in both the industrial and residential
Also Monday, Bridgeport City Council:
- approved a resolution to obtain city credit cards from WesBanco.
- appointed election workers for the June 8 election.
- approved on first reading an ordinance repealing a section of the
city code concerning employment provisions. The ordinance conflicted with
the city employees policy manual.
- approved a budget realignment for the fiscal year 1998-99.
- scheduled to establish levy rates at 7:30 a.m. April 20 at Bridgeport
Local service recruiters want to make sure troops
know we care
by Torie Knight
Brad Shoulders wont forget the 128 days he spent
overseas in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf conflict.
He said the memories of war dont go away quickly.
Shoulders remembers watching CNN on television and
seeing those back home wearing and displaying yellow ribbons.
He also recalls the care packages people sent to him while serving
overseas in the U.S. Air Force.
As the countrys troops once again enter dangerous
territory, with the U.S. military having joined the United Nations
effort to bomb Yugoslavia, Shoulders sits at his recruiting office in
the Meadowbrook Mall. He knows that thousands of troops are in the midst
of an international conflict and are hoping for signs of approval from
Thats why Shoulders, a U.S. Air Force technical
sergeant, and other recruiters from all branches of the military joined
forces with the Clarksburg Post Office and the Meadowbrook Mall to open
a troop box.
The yellow box, formerly a large blue mail box,
is for donations to make care packages like the one Shoulders received.
They are asking for hot chocolate mix, lip balm, video games, small games,
cold beverage mixes, assorted hard candies, microwave popcorn, cider mix
and playing cards.
Shoulders said the soldiers arent going without,
but any extra touch of home is nice. It makes you feel better, he said.
Its a sign of support for the soldiers, said Wanda Kile, marketing assistant
for the Meadowbrook Mall.
The box is displayed near the military recruiters
offices at the mall. No glass items or books will be accepted. Books are
too heavy, and the military censors what troops can read.
Already, one box is ready to go. Local residents
have donated everything from microwave popcorn to a small Nerf basketball
with a hoop.
We realize while the crisis in Kosovo is many miles
away, we should be prepared to do our part, Kile said. We want the troops
overseas to know that people back home are supporting them.
State lawmakers look to fund projects
by Troy Graham
Although money has been tight for state government
this year, it hasnt stopped the usual flood of budget digest requests
from local delegates and senators hoping to get money for Harrison County.
Digest funds, generally considered as money set
aside to fund pork barrel projects, will be doled out during interim
meetings next month.
Officials in both the House and Senate finance committees
said there were so many requests that they havent been able to catalog
them all yet.
Delegate Barbara Warner, D-Harrison, estimates she
has put in $3 million worth of budget digest requests, with more to come.
There is only $2 million that will be handed out
by the House and the Senate, she said. You know darn well youre not going
to get all of that, she said. If I get $200,000 that will be closer
to my share.
Warner, who sits on the conference committee that
decides who gets what money, has asked for funds for dozens of community
centers and schools in the county, as well as money for the dredging
of Simpson Creek.
Sen. Joe Minard, D-Harrison, has asked for money
for some of his favorite causes, such as senior citizens centers and a
purple heart memorial.
In addition to lawmaker requests, cities and counties
have also asked for a share of the pie. Harrison County officials have
asked for $750,000 for a proposed hotel and conference center and $75,000
to help a beleaguered Harrison County Emergency Squad.
The Harrison County Development Authority has also
asked for $90,000 to help fix a drainage problem at its industrial park,
and the City of Clarksburg wants $100,000 for heating and air conditioning
at the Waldomore Library, said Delegate Larry Linch, D-Harrison. Of course,
everyone requests everything, said Sen. Bill Sharpe, D-Lewis.
Nonetheless, Sharpe and other House and Senate leaders
have insisted that the budget requests are down this year because lawmakers
recognize how tight the funding is.
But Linch doesnt believe that only $2 million will
be given out. More than $30 million went out in budget digest funds last
year, he said. Maybe theyll just do a better job of hiding this year,
As trash piles up, county residents raise stink
by Paul Leakan
Garbage cans choked with trash have sat festering
for weeks in some areas around Clarksburg, and a small yellow sticker
may be the culprit.
Several area residents have complained that Enterprise
Sanitation in East View has been neglecting to pick up refuse lately. Bertha
Webb, who lives off U.S. Route 50 and Jarvisville Road, said that Enterprise
Sanitation hasnt picked up her trash for weeks. Something has happened
to this service that is just deplorable, Webb said.
The problem may be due to some confusion with a
small yellow sticker that Enterprise gives to its customers to determine
who has paid for garbage collection service.
The sticker, roughly the size of a silver dollar,
should be placed on an area where garbage collectors can see it, such as
a fence post or trash bin.
An employee at Enterprise who wanted to remain anonymous
said that the company has received complaints about garbage not being picked
up. The employee said that the company is still working on its sticker
The manager of Enterprise Sanitation was unable
to be reached for comment about the situation Tuesday.
Webb believes that regardless of whether the stickers are used, people
who pay for garbage removal service have a right to have their trash picked
up on time.
Webb chose not to wait any longer for Enterprise
and hired a man to haul off her trash to the landfill.
She recently had to collect her strewn garbage after it sat so long
that some animals clawed their way into it and ripped it open. She said
shes not the only one. You can see diapers strung all over.
Kim Floyd, who lives on Davisson Run Road, has also
had problems with the trash service. To drive up the road and see huge
mountains of trash everywhere is really disgusting. With the hot, sunny
weather it doesnt smell real great. Floyds trash had piled up above
her head before it was picked up on Tuesday afternoon.
Vincent Patton, whose trash has been picked up on
Holly Street, finds the sticker system strange. It seems a little weird
that you have to put a sticker out there just to have your garbage picked
up. They should have it on record who pays for it and who doesnt.
Either way, Webb simply wants a solution. I know
that there are probably people who are behind in their trash bill. But
to leave trash sitting around for weeks is not the answer.