These are words from a letter, addressed to the Town of Marlinton, and signed by Governor Underwood, dated September 5, 2000:\r\n\r\n\u201cI am pleased to advise that various streets in the Town of Marlinton have been made an official part of the Division of Highway\u2019s State Local Service System. Inclusion in the state system means the DOH will be able to maintain these roads and provide greater service to the people of West Virginia.\u201d \r\n\r\nThis information is being shared for a specific reason. Everyone is concerned about the condition of the streets in the Town of Marlinton \u2013 including the Mayor. Some say, \u201cif paving is not done soon, some streets are going back to dirt.\u201d\r\n\r\nMost want to know why something can\u2019t be done \u2013 including the Mayor.\r\n\r\nIdentifying problems are easy. \r\n\r\nComplaining about problems is easier still. \r\n\r\nWorking through the layers of bureaucracy and compliance on the way to correcting the problems is a cumbersome process. \r\nFor those who did not know \u2013 now you are aware.\r\n\r\nThe first obstacle with regard to street repairs in Marlinton is to convince the DOH to do something. With few exceptions, the streets in town are owned and are to be maintained by the State of West Virginia \u2013 but not the alleys. \r\n\r\nThe streets and avenues of the town were taken over by the state in September 2000, by Record of The Commissioners Orders, dated August 11, 2000. \r\n\r\nDO NOT COMPLAIN TO OUR LOCAL DOH. \r\n\r\nOur local DOH does a good job with repairs, as far as they are able. Your complaints about street conditions should be directed to the attention of the office of the District Engineer, PO Box 1516, Elkins, WV 26241.\r\n\r\nMaybe your calls and letters will help.\r\n\r\nA little good news\r\n\r\nThe current Governor\u2019s County Priority Plan identifies the \u201cproblem streets\u201d that have been complained about. Anyone interested can look up this list online.\r\n\r\nFor instance, Fourth Avenue (CR39\/14) is to be paved from SR39, north and past the town garage. This bid was set last August or September. This particular paving has been promised by the District Engineer \u2013 every year for the last five years.\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nAfter meeting the Highways Commissioner in January, he was fired by the Governor, before I could get answers to two questions. \r\n\r\nWhat was the advantage to the State in taking over city streets? And more importantly, what was supposed to be the benefit to the town by giving up its responsibility for the streets? \r\n\r\nObviously, we still plow snow and do other work as necessary, without any reimbursement.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nAs a last resort, Marlinton Town Council agreed to set aside money in the 2019\/2020 budget for patching. However, the town hopes to see DOH begin to utilize the Governor\u2019s Pocahontas County Priority List, before the town begins patching state streets. \r\n\r\nTown business and projects are just like taking care of improvements at home. \r\n\r\nWhatever the issue \u2013 money is the ultimate problem. \r\n\r\nSomebody has to pay.