14 candidates file papers to run for Clarksburg City
by Paul Leakan
A total of 14 candidates have filed to run for a
seat on Clarksburg City Council, including eight newcomers. Three candidates
have filed for a seat on the Clarksburg Water Board.
The filing period for the June 1 nonpartisan general
election ended at 4 p.m. Monday. To file, candidates had to pay a $50 filing
fee. Three seats are open on council, and all three incumbents have filed
to run for another four-year term.
Louis J. Iquinto of 525 Harrison St., Robert Tom
Flynn of 100 Shawnee Way and Frank Marino of 207 Paula Blvd. are seeking
re-election. Iquinto has served on council for 12 years; Flynn for 16 years,
and Marino for 4 years.
Also running are former council members Herman Bud Kesling of 316
Hartland Ave., Paul Dan Thompson of 151 Winding Way and David Kates of
123 Floyd St.
Kesling and Thompson both have served 8 years on
council. Kates has served on council in an appointed capacity.
Among the new faces running for council are Rebecca A. Lake of 193
Bond St., Rebecca M. Steed of 131 N. Chestnut St., Margaret A. Bailey of
118 S. Alexander Ave., Carl Hardy Jr. of 143 1/2 Washington Ave., John
Jorgensen of 2012 Goff Ave., Robert Kramer of 505 Buckhannon Ave., Joseph
Rocky Romano of 103 Grant St. and John A. Scott of 320 Beech St.
One seat is available on the Clarksburg Water Board.
Incumbent Russell Lopez Jr. of 553 E. Main St. is
seeking re-election to the four-year term. Lopez has served on the board
for the last six years, taking over as board president in January when
Frank Chunki Angotti resigned from the position after his election to
the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Lopez is being challenged by Andrew McDougal of
123 Roosevelt Road and Charles O. Thayer III of 149 Garfield St.
Residents still have a chance to run for either council or the water
board by filing as a write-in candidate. Write-in candidates, who also
must pay a $50 filing fee, have until May 18 to file.
Residents have until May 3 to register to vote.
The voters registration office is located in the Harrison County Courthouse
on Main Street in downtown Clarks-burg.
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on
Harrison gets third judge, now where does county put
by Troy Graham
Local legislators were overjoyed when they secured
a third judge for Harrison County, but their victory presents several problems
for Harrison County Commissioners who must find extra space and fund more
staff for the new judge.
The commission will most likely have to ask one of the non-county agencies
that occupy the courthouse to move out in order to accommodate the extra
judge, said Harrison County Commission President Tom Keeley. This
is called the courthouse and we have to give priority to the court system,
The Clarksburg Housing Authority and the United
Way are both non-county agencies that have space in the courthouse. Commis-sioners
could also consider moving Harrison County Parks and Recreation to the
4-H center, Keeley said.
The good news is that a third judge probably wont take the bench until
January 2001, said Chief Circuit Court Judge Thomas Bedell. The third judge
will be selected by voters in the November 2000 election and will take
office in 2001, he said.
Gov. Cecil Underwood could appoint someone to fill
the position before the election, but a governors spokesman said that
The positive thing about the timing of the Legislatures
action is that it will go on the ballot and will not be a political appointment,
The bill that created the additional judge has not
yet reached Underwoods office, and officials there refused to comment
on whether the governor will sign it.
The cost of an extra judge to the state, which is
responsible for paying a judges salary and staff, is $300,000, said Senate
Judiciary Chairman Bill Wooton, D-Raleigh.
Commissioners said Tuesday that they did not know
what the costs to the county will be. The county will most likely have
to hire additional workers for the circuit clerks office and a third bailiff
will be needed to cover the courtroom.
Commissioner Beth Taylor said the third judge amounts to an unfunded
mandate. The commission will seek state money to help out with extra costs,
she said. Getting a third judge is positive for the county, but unfunded
mandates are not good things, Taylor said.
Commissioners, who are in the middle of drafting
the county budget, said they will not make any special changes to next
Circuit Clerk Donald Kopp, who presented his budget
to the commission Tuesday, said his office has long been in need of more
bodies. The extra judge should highlight that need, he said.
We were planning on asking for additional people
anyway, Kopp said. This just kind of helped us a little bit.
Bedell has said that he would be flexible if all the accommodations
are not in place by 2001. It is possible with creative scheduling to fit
two judges into three courtrooms, he said.
Taylor pointed out that the court operated with
three judges when Judge Lewis Marks was elected, which was before Judge
Daniel McCarthy went into senior status, she said.
Clarksburg police to accept 2 percent pay raise
by James Fisher
Clarksburg police are not happy, but they will reluctantly
accept a proposed city budget at Thursdays council meeting, they say.
They also will begin working on the fiscal year
2000 to 2001 budget now in an effort to get more money next year, according
to Robert Matheny, president of Local 119 of the International Union of
The union had asked that a 12 percent pay raise for police officers
be included in the budget.
However, at a budget session Monday, council approved
a 2 percent raise for all city workers and a special assignments pay of
35 cents per hour for police officers working the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and
11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shifts.
Two percent is a long way from 12 percent. We will
no longer oppose the city managers budget, but we will start working tomorrow
on next years budget, Matheny said.
We hope to work together with the city administration
on the next budget, he said. Ultimately, we want to get up to parity
with the other departments in the area.
The big difference in the salary increase, Matheny
said, is in the way the city will dole it out. In the past, city workers
have either gotten a flat increase, or all the salaries from a department
were averaged and the percentage increase was based on the average. This
year, however, the raise will be 2 percent of each city workers salary.
Therefore, Matheny said, higher ranking officers
will receive a higher amount, although everyone will get his 2 percent.
This is kind of like putting a small bandage on an open wound, Matheny
He said, however, that union officials have gained
valuable experience in budgetary issues during the past two months and
have gained needed public support. We have learned a lot, he said.
Theres a lot of give and take in these things. Were still in the game,
we just got a late start, he said.