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Marlinton Mayor’s Corner

Correction

To schedule an appointment for the Free Community Shuttle, call 304-799- 6337 and press “1.” The service began January 3 and will be available every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This service is for residents in the vicinity of Marlinton, Riverside and Campbelltown.

Winter Notice

Cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia just like people. Long-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies, are more tolerant of cold weather. But, no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing temperatures. Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary based on their coat, body fat, and general health. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty tolerating the cold. Be aware during cold weather and adjust accordingly.

Animal and Fowl Ordinance, Section 3-104 addresses cruelty to animals. – a.1.d. Any animal kept outside shall be provided with structurally sound weatherproof enclosure large enough to accommodate the animal. a.1.f. defines abandoned as leaving an animal unattended for more than 12 hours without adequate food, water or shelter. Note: David Watkins is the Town Code Enforcement Officer. During these colder months, he has been assigned the task of monitoring the living conditions of domestic animals kept outdoors. Owners of animals should give their pets extra care during the colder weather.

FYI – Town of Marlinton Water systems report

Going back 10 years, some water billing cycles indicate the town water plant was at times pumping as much as 20 million gallons of treated water. In August 2010, the billing showed 16,887,900 gallons. Obviously, many factors would have to be more closely considered before any absolute cause and effect could be assigned to these numbers. For instance, the McK Building burned in November 2013. Nevertheless, as of August 2015, the total number of gallons pumped was 13,255,000. In 2016, as finding and repairing water leaks has continued, the numbers keep getting better. The September/October cycle was just under 11 million and the November/December bills going out record 9,500,000 gallons pumped. Thanks to efforts of the town crews, water numbers are going in the right direction. The repairs of small leaks are making a big difference in loss ratio numbers – or the gallons treated and pumped versus what is actually billed to the customer. These gains are good, and we will take all the savings we can find. When the numbers go up again we want it to be because of new growth in business and residents requiring service.

However, the reality is, Marlinton – like many towns – is working with an aging water distribution system. Until we are able to replace more significant portions of the system, we will run the risk of the next leak turning everything around again.
The good news is: Christmas cheer is still running over, and I take this opportunity to wish each of you a Happy New Year.

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