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Monday, February 29, 2016

Local Prosecutor Kicking Tail

So what about these--Do they pay property taxes????

Propane Gas Plant is on County Commission Property but the rental "if any" goes to GVEDC.  Gas company is private like the Marlinton Vet and the Lady who did the dog grooming in the ARC building.


The County owns the ground and has been "renting" the building to Interstate Lumber Co., a private for-profit company.  They don't want to pay rent any more so the CC is considering letting them use the building for "upkeep."  If the HSPCA has to pay taxes, shouldn't Interstate?






The big blue building is brand new.  Interstate pays almost $8000 per month
and every dollar heads to the GVEDC.  Are they paying taxes on this building?  If not who is?



I can think of several ways we could use this money in the county. 

 Perhaps a half million in property taxes to boot?

What do YOU think? 

As your CC why it is letting all this money pour out of our county faster than the waters of The GREENBRIER?????

Maybe if we kept this money in the county our Senior Citizens programs find a fine use for it.  

Or how many books would that provide for the Durbin Library.

Maybe we wouldn't need a levy if we used this money for our schools?????

Just saying????



HSPC Gets Hit With $800 Property Tax Bill




Complete run by volunteers.No money for taxes.

Commentator Warns That 2nd Step of Alderman's Prediction is Happening:




Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Step Two: School Bldgs in Terrible Condition": 

Our County, our schools. Stolen momey form Charleston or DC always comes with strings, like "prevailing wages", which make everyhtinfg cost five times waht it should. have we no carpenters, plumbers, electricians, er, masons, in this County? I would SUPPORT a levy to fix OUR schools OUR way with LOCAL labor and materials, and run them OUR WAY with no outside interference. What ever happened to the wood boiler in the High School?



Here is the recipe for getting a new set of school buildings:

1. Lower the maintenance budget so that the buildings will look in disrepair.

2.  Declare that the buildings are in disrepair.

3.  Instead of fixing up the old buildings, declare that only a "new" facility will be the needs of the "students." (When you get the new buildings, you let the old ones rot to the ground.)

4.  Point out that a building is in the floodplain and has to be moved for the "safety of the children."

5.  Ignore the fact that your last building was built in the floodplain just a few years ago and that you have just put a million dollars into a "Wellness" center.  (You have to avoid mentioning this fact and hope that no one will raise the issue.

6.  Explain how a new facility will be more efficient and cost less! (While asking the citizens to pay more taxes to pay for the new facilities.  It is like going to the store and buying something you didn't need or wanted because "It was on Sale."

7.  Get the businesses in the community to join in support of the new school system.  (This will be a little more difficult in the town where the school is now because the citizens of the town will have to pay more for the basic services such as water and sewer.  This is because you just moved their biggest customer out of town.  They think their water bill is already too high.

8.  Explain that the elementary/middle schools will be better off because the student population will be more "balanced."  (Try to ignore the fact that you just moved the 5th graders from the middle school to the school in town, thereby adding to the number of "endangered" students in the floodplain.)

9.  Explain that the "longer bus rides" will actually be better for the students.

10.  Tell folks that by moving the "Fifth graders" from the smallest school that you are actually improving the education of the other grades.  (This is like cutting the top of the blanket off and sewing it on the bottom and claiming that you have made the blanket better."

11.  Get the state to give you a "grant" for studying the problem.  (Ignore that the problems have existed since time immemorial.   $100,000 will purchase a lot of "grease for your skids")  Ignore the face that grants are what got our school system in jams in the first place.

12.  Hit the road to sell your plan.  Get your board of education to support a levy.  Use the slogan, "It is all about the kids."   That way those in favor of higher taxes will complain that you are being "cheap" because you don't want a bigger tax bill.

14.   Emphasize the support of your school board "PRESIDENT for the idea.  This should inspire great confidence in the voters as he attends publicity functions with his mistress.

13.  Threaten to lay off some teachers and school personnel "If the levy doesn't pass."

14.  Explain how $11,000,000 is really just a "drop in the bucket" for a better education.  You will have to sidestep the fact that our county is losing population all the time and has to have a state subsidy to "cap" the student population at 14,000.  (Don't forget to mention that this "cap" might be removed at any time.)

15.  Don't mention that some students daily travel to school on a bus ride which is almost as long as some of their parents have to travel to get to their job.

16.  Once you have gotten your levy passed and your new buildings announce that the Board of Education would like to move its offices down to the "no longer used" elementary school building.  Hope that no one notices that you have just moved the elementary school out of the floodplain for their safety and now you want to move the board office into that same "dangerous" building WITH ALL THE STUDENTS RECORDS. Brilliant move.!

17.  Once this is done you get the board to recommend the razing of the old board building so that you will have more parking space.

18.  Share the pain with all the kids.  Plan to move the Greenbank Middle Schoolers to the high school campus along with the Marlinton Elementary middle schoolers.  Move the 5th grade Hillsboro students to Marlinton Middle School.  That way the Hillsboro school will be even smaller.  Eventually it will be too small and it can be  closed.

19.  Build a separate facility for the middle schools at the high school.  Tell the community that you are going to keep them separate from the high school to protect the middle school students.  Try to avoid discussing the bus ride with the high school children which they will be traveling even longer that they were before.

20.  Lastly,  a levy will allow you to further drain the economic resources of the county in the same manner as when they attached leeches to George Washington to get rid of his "excess" blood.  The cure will kill the system as it did ole George.  The levy will prevent a lot of people from having "excess" money in their wallets.  Like the commercial,  it will be easier to ask the question:  "What's in your wallet?"

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Step Two: School Bldgs in Terrible Condition": 

Our County, our schools. Stolen momey form Charleston or DC always comes with strings, like "prevailing wages", which make everyhtinfg cost five times waht it should. have we no carpenters, plumbers, electricians, er, masons, in this County? I would SUPPORT a levy to fix OUR schools OUR way with LOCAL labor and materials, and run them OUR WAY with no outside interference. What ever happened to the wood boiler in the High School? 

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Step Two: School Bldgs in Terrible Condition


February 19, 2016
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We recently we spoke to Ron Hall, the Maintenance Director of the Pocahontas County Schools, to find out just how much their school buildings need renovation and repair. It was worse than I expected.
There has been a proposal to close down Marlinton Elementary is this necessary? Ron answers that question.
“If we elect to keep that school open, we will receive no funding from the SBA (WV School Building Authority) because it is in a flood plain” said Hall. “The needed repairs; all the electrical is outdated and all of the classrooms need more outlets in them. The (electrical) services are all old and need replaced. We need HVAC in the school and our sprinkler systems are done, they’ve served their life, the pipes are starting to burst. The fire alarm system is itself outdated for 30 years and we can’t get parts for it, so when it finally goes down we’ll have to replace the whole unit.”
How much will it cost to do the critical repairs to Marlinton Elementary? Ron.
“Giving you an exact cost is hard to do” Hall answers.”But I would guess, looking at the costs for the other schools, you’re probably looking in the vicinity of 6 to 7 million dollars to put the school back in good shape.”
Of course if Marlinton Elementary School is closed these costs would not need to be incurred. Ron goes on to talk about the problems at, and the costs to repair the Green Bank School.
“Green Bank needs new roofs” Hall says. “(It) needs new fire alarm, new sprinkler system, new windows (and) doors. The Gymnasium needs a new roof. You’re looking at about 7 million dollars to put that school back into satisfactory condition.”
It is proposed to move the Marlinton Elementary students, when that school closes or is forced to close, to Marlinton Middle School. Is the Middle School in need of repairs too? Ron.
“To move Marlinton Elementary up to the Middle School, we would have to add 4 classrooms up there” Hall said. “And do some renovations to again sprinkler systems and electrical upgrades and so forth. We’re looking at probably in the vicinity of 8 million dollars to do all that.”
If that move happens, the proposal is to move the 7th and 8th graders from both Middle Schools –Marlinton and Green Bank- to the High School. What shape is the high school in, Ron?
“The High School is in detrimental shape” Hall said. “It is quite old – about 47 years old. The sewer system is shot. About everything at the High school needs updated (and) renovated. We’re looking at probably in the vicinity of 16 million dollars to take care of all of that.”
How about Hillsboro Elementary?
“Hillsboro is probably the best school” Hall answered. “It’s received modernizations, you know, and a new cafeteria and stuff, so it is definitely our best school (facility) at this point.”
I asked Ron if there was any chance on receiving State funds for these renovations without passing a school levy.
“Short of the Levy, we’re not going to get any funding from the State” Hall replied. “With the levy, the SBA has allotted money for us to fix our schools, but we have to pass the levy to receive that funding.”
So what will the School system do if the levy fails to pass?
“We would somehow have to come up with the money in the County, and there is no way of doing that” Hall says. “Not a plug for or against the levy, I just know that our schools are falling down, they are wearing out and we need to repair. The levy is our number one option because the SBA will foot the money for the biggest part of these projects. Without the levy, I don’t know what we’ll do.”
So things are very bad indeed with the school buildings. Ron pointed out that several roofs at Green Bank School, and the roof at the High School need replacing and he just learned there is a leaky roof at Marlinton Middle school. To repair just one of the roofs at Green Bank will cost $450,000, money the Schools don’t have. Despite the fire alarm and sprinkler problems, the Fire Marshall has been holding off closing several of the buildings, waiting to see if the SBA funds become available.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Clinton email

QUESTION: Right. And I lived in New York on September 1 lth at the time.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And it was a searing, painful experience in every way, and so every September Ilth I'm on hyper alert for what's going on around the world. And we always have discussions in our security — among our security experts — okay,
September Ilth is coming up. Because we pick up intelligence, we pick up chatter that people might want to do something somewhere in the world. So everybody is watching. That's — but we had a very strong set of standards that we've tried to follow around the world.

And then simultaneously, we had this video coming out, which we were getting lots of feedback from our posts that this was a problem, that people were reacting to it. So there was a lot swirling around. And clearly, when we started hearing about what was happening in Cairo, what was happening in Tunisia, what was happening in Benghazi and other places — because there were demonstrations going on in many places, and they were being, to some extent, hijacked by extremists with other agendas.

But then when we were alerted to what was going on in Benghazi, we were all just totally focused on trying to find out what we could under quite difficult circumstances, and we're still trying to get to the bottom of what happened when. But that day, it was all consuming. We were all just as active as we could given the distance, trying to manage everything that was happening, and be responsive in real time. And of course, it was primarily the duty of the security experts who have those responsibilities, but I was here and others were here trying to sort through all the information as it was coming in.


QUESTION: Do you — today the front page of the Post says this is now going to mar your — what had been your great record at State. I mean, are you ultimately, Hillary, going to have to take responsibility for this?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, I take responsibility. That's not even — that's not a question. I take responsibility. I'm the Secretary of State. I have 60,000-plus employees around the world, and this is like a big family. I mean, these Foreign Service and Civil Service officers, many of whom have worked with each other, they know each other, I have — I'm working with people today
that I first met when I was First Lady, and they were a young diplomat somewhere that I showed up. I sent Chris Stevens to Benghazi in the height of the Libyan conflict.

QUESTION: Yeah, yeah.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And he was eager to go, and he was very effective, and then I recommended him to be our ambassador, and I had the highest regard for him.

QUESTION: Gosh, that must make it that much —

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, it's painful, Monica. It's absolutely painful, because it's not just a faceless person.

QUESTION: Yeah, exactly.

SECRETARY CLINTON: It's people who, if! didn't know them personally, somebody close to me in this building knew them, had worked with them, was at the same post five or ten years ago. So there's an extraordinary sense of loss and responsibility. Every one of us who had any responsibility, from the security experts on up, we all feel like we have to figure out what happened, because we
clearly want to make sure it doesn't happen again. But there is an inherent risk in this job.

When I okayed sending Robert Ford to Hama at the beginning of the Syrian conflict, that was a risk. We said, "Robert, do you want to go there? It's dangerous. We can't guarantee your safety, because we have to rely on host nations."

QUESTION: Yeah, yeah.

SECRETARY CLINTON: But you think it's the right thing to do. It clearly sends a message about where the United States' values are. Or when I was in Egypt, and we were protested against in Cairo, and then the security people came to me and said, "You're supposed to go to Alexandria. It's a much less fortified position than we have in Cairo. Maybe you shouldn't go." I said, "No." I said, "I'm
going to go." I went. But, I mean, we had people throwing shoes and tomatoes. This is an inherently risky world. It is a dangerous world. And we will do our very best, as our military and intelligence colleagues do, to try to think through how to provide as much security as possible, but you can't keep people behind 20-foot walls and expect them to do their jobs. And whether it's the Marine barracks in Beirut being blown up or a CIA outpost in Afghanistan, Americans need to realize that it's not only our soldiers; it's our civilians serving our country who are also putting their lives on the line to —

QUESTION: Well, that's been the wakeup call of this incident.

SECRETARY CLINTON: -- to do the job that we ask them to do.

QUESTION: So one thing that a lot of people have said in this is another — somebody from the White House told me they thought watching you and Obama at the Andrews Air Force Base, there was a new bond between you two, that everybody knows you all aren't buddy-buddy, but you all clearly respect each other and work together. Do you feel that you had a new bond? I mean, I saw
that you touched his hand — on watching the — watching it, you touched his hand after he spoke, and then when you all walked back to the families that he put his arm around your waist. Do you feel this gave some — did you feel that at that moment? Somebody at the White House saw it, and then somebody at the State Department also thought so.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I feel like there have been a number of moments — maybe not public moments —that have been very, very precious to me in my relationship with the President. I was in that very small group that made the decision about bin Ladin and was there in that Sit Room, and --

QUESTION: Right, which we've all seen that picture.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes, going up and down the emotional rollercoaster. And walked with him across the Colonnade in the White House for him to address the nation. I mean, there are a lot of moments, but that was a particularly poignant time for both of us because we live every day — he as President, I as Secretary — with the knowledge that decisions we make, sending a Chris Stevens to
Libya, are ones that have risk and danger attached to them. And so I --

QUESTION: When he came here that --

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes.

QUESTION: -- next day, did you call him and say, "I'd love you to come over?"

SECRETARY CLINTON: I did. I did.

QUESTION: Do you call him, like, on the secure phone?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, yes.

QUESTION: Where's the secure phone?

SECRETARY CLINTON: In my office.

QUESTION: Oh.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yeah, yeah, we have a secure phone. Yeah.

QUESTION: I know. Did you call him on the secure phone?

SECRETARY CLINTON: We wanted --

QUESTION: Or do you only do that if there's, like, a real emergency?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yeah. We communicate in lots of different ways. But I thought it was important if he could, but it was  I knew that he has a lot of other demands on his time, and I was going over to the Rose Garden and then I said, "Mr. President, can —do you have time to come by and see our people if we can get them gathered?" And he didn't hesitate, absolutely. And it was --

QUESTION: Do you say Mr. President or do you say Barack?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I do. I say Mr. President. I believe strongly in saying Mr. President.

QUESTION: Okay.

SECRETARY CLINTON: I mean, I called him Barack when I was a senator with him, but --
QUESTION: Yeah, yeah.

SECRETARY CLINTON: -- now he's the President and I respect that.

QUESTION: Okay. Now let's start going toward UNGA. The — on September 15th, I think the Saturday before Netanyahu was going to be on Meet The Press, you had a private call with him.

SECRETARY CLINTON: I did, I did.

QUESTION: Okay. And that — the Mideast thing and Iran, it's kind of been in tumult. So the relationship — do you feel that you need to work your — work on that with your past relationship with him? I mean, this is — as two politicians to one another, what's —show me how this works.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, look. I've known Bibi a long time, and I consider him a friend. He is somebody who I've spent a lot of time talking to in New York, in Washington, in Jerusalem. We have had long in-person conversations, long telephone conversations. And I respect the fact that he is trying to protect Israel, that — I often tell people, put yourself into the position of the Prime Minister of Israel at a time of great tumult and uncertainty. And so I guess I would say, on a pretty regular basis, we — I check in with him.

QUESTION: Does that help, though, given that, kind of, people view his relationship with the President as rocky, that you all --

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well --

QUESTION: -- are in kind of— have your own relationship?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, here's — I think he's been around so long he has good relationships with a lot of people, and I think he has a relationship of mutual respect with the President. And his concerns about what's going to happen are totally legitimate. They're concerns that the President shares, which is why the President has said our policy is prevention, not containment. And he's been very, very clear about that.


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