Marlinton Mayor’s Corner

Marlinton Rotary Club members, Roger Trusler, Joe Smith, Linda Simmons, Kenny Woods, Brett Withers, Susan Wilkens, Ashley and Kendall Beverage, cleaned and painted at the gazebo area and First Avenue Mini-Park. Their work is greatly appreciated. Rotary Club members expressed special recognition of Roy Gibson. They determined that without his carpentry skills, the refur- bishing of the benches may not have happened.

Rotary and GoMarlinton will assist with a Hotdog Cookout Clean-up Celebration at the Gazebo from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22.
In addition, the leadership of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts deserve recognition. Chris Bartley, Sam Gibson, Brad and Jennifer Dunz are doing great work with the kids. They are providing an invaluable service to the Town and shaping young minds toward community service at the same time. Congratulations to each of you for the work you do.

NOTICE: April 25 is the last day for the Courtesy Shuttle Service, sponsored by the Town of Marlinton.

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The Town of Marlinton has sent a letter of support for the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition’s Foodshed Development Project. I had the opportunity to meet staff members from the Food and Farm Coalition at a winter meeting, held in Marlinton. Their focus is on building the local food economy. The food sector is an important part in efforts to revitalize the local economy in our area.

The Food and Farm Coalition is working on a grant proposal to the West Virginia Department of Commerce’s Community Advancement Partnership Grant, to work in what is referred to as the Northeastern Foodshed, which includes Pocahontas, Webster, Upshur, and Randolph counties. This is part of a larger program that includes two other foodsheds – one in the New River Gorge region and the other in the Southwestern part of the state. The goal of this program is to work with small-scale producers and other stakeholders to startup food businesses that facilitate access to healthy food.

The Town of Marlinton is a unique place. Combining our recreational opportunities with our natural resources and a healthy local food economy cannot hurt. We look forward to working with the Food and Farm Coalition.

NOTE: The following information will be of little interest to most of you. It is intended to make you aware. Furthermore, it should make you feel better about the many things none of us want to do, but have to do anyway.

On April 3, I received greetings from the DHHR Bureau for Public Health. It has to do with our Long Term 2 Sampling Plan. Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2) requires plans to conduct E Coli source water monitoring. Filtered systems serving fewer than 10,000 people may be eligible to conduct E Coli source water monitoring in lieu of Cryptosporidium monitoring. The rule says, if your system monitors for E. Coli, (which the Town does), sampling must be conducted at least once every two (2) weeks for twelve (12) months. In addition, if our system’s annual mean for E coli concentration is greater than the allowable limit of 100 E. Coli/100 mL, we will be required to conduct additional monitoring for Cryptosporidium. Systems that are eligible for E. Coli monitoring must begin no later than October 2017.

Systems that do not submit their sample plan and do not begin monitoring for E. Coli by October 2017 will be required to monitor for Cryptosporidium.

If our system is not eligible or chooses to conduct Cryptosporidium monitoring, monitoring must be conducted at least twice (2) per month for twelve (12) months or once (1) per month for twenty-four (24) months. Systems monitoring for Cryptosporidium must begin monitoring no later than April 2019.

Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasites, Cryptosporidium, that can live in the intestine of humans and animals and is passed in the stool of an infected person or animal. Both the disease and the parasite are commonly known as “Crypto.”
NOTE: No Parking of unattended vehicles at the First Avenue Mini-Park parking lot.

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