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[~:~'AGE A8 Wednesday, January 9, 2019 NEWS SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Council FROM PAGE A1 out over 12 years, it probably ' wouldn't have gotten done." One of Tolbert's biggest goals has been to spur the city to address va- cant and dilapidated structures, for which he helped reenergize a spe- cial building code enforcement pro- St. with early voting sel L Tolbert praised the talent and ded- ,)cation of Charles Town's city staff, it's the city's elected leaders Charles Town,Tolbert said he wants ',ii ho must provide clear priorities to help bring more businesses not 'ind direction for that staff to imple- just to the city's traditional down- , ent the most important and neces- town but to other areas serving less i things, he said. =affluent residents. He also made - An African-American man born priority of curbing feral cats- and raised in Charles Town, Tol- Tolbert said he still feelg the sting bert's late father was a prominent, of critical emails from people he :fifelong civil rights leader in the county and across West Virginia. Tolbert, a federal government mployee, represents a west-end eighborhood that for decades was home mostly to African-American or'elies. Now the ward is home to white and Hispanic residents, change many longtime city resi- dents may not realize, he said. Tolbert's council agenda has in- cluded unglamorous, meat-and-po- tato issues such as laying new side- walks and fixing crumbling ones, expanding parking and transporta- tion options, and ensuring adequate street light coverage and fire hy- drants in all neighborhoods. ( "The most basic, basic infrastruc- ture that's needed," he explained. grain. With a 10-percent poverty rate in through Jan. 26. To learn more likes and respects. Anyone consid- ering running for elected public of- fice should expect harsh criticism over their decisions, he said. On May 23, Charles Town vot- ers will decide on a replacement for Tolbert in Ward One and three other seats. Ann Paonessa, who has served for 12 years, and Nick Zaglifa declined to say whether they'll seek re-election. Council- man Bob Trainor says he'll seek another term. During the last city election in 2016 - when Mayor Scott Rogers and councilman Todd Coyle both won first terms, without opposi- tion -just 461 city residents vot- ed. Charles Town is home to about 5,300 residents, according to the Jefferson County Clerk's office and 2010 Census figures. The recent public contentiousness over the Rockwool factory, Tolbert pointed out, pales compared with the personal criticism he received during earlier debates over the non- discrimination ordinance. ,There are some times when you have to make decisions that are go- ing to be very, very, very, very un- popular," he said. "It's painful, but public service is not supposed to be simple. It's not supposed to be easy." "You have to understand go- ing in that you may be more popu- lar leaving," he added. "All during your time, you have to be ready for that." Tolbert intends to apply his City Hall experience to advocate for an agenda of projects and issues that he considers important for Charles Town. He said he plans to remain involved. "There are lots of projects in my ward that I want to get done that I don't have a consensus [on the City Council] to do, and I can do more off the council," he said. He wants to promote the story of Charles Town's history, from the colonial Washington family to John Brown's raid and treason trial to Civil War battles to the era of civ- il rights. He plans to help the city pursue federal money to upgrade the U.S. Post Office site, built on the land where John Brown was impris- oned during his 1859 trial. He'd also like to establish a county gov- ernment complex using the Jeffer- son County Courthouse as a cen- terpiece. "I honestly think Jefferson Coun- ty is the most historical place on the earth when you understand all of the history that has gone on in this tak- en place," he said. "And we don't push it, we don't brag about it." Two other towns to hold nonpartisan otes in 2019 By TIM COOK Special to the Spirit Residents of Bolivar will head to the polls on June 4. Candi- dates for office may file starting Monday and continuing through Jan. 26. Voters will decide on a mayor, recorder and five council seats. To learn more, contact Town Hall at 304-535-2476 or email In Harpers Ferry, the election takes place June 11. Candidates for mayor, recorder and five council seats may file starting Monday and continuing through Jan. 25. To learn more, contact Town Hall at 304-725-2311 or email Recorder Kevin Carden at re- Early voting is set for May 29 through June 8 - excluding that Sunday, June 2. t P ? L i P i P L ! e P b DOORS OPEN NOON - BINGO BEGINS 2 PM $35 TO PlAY ALl. 50 GAMESl Total $3,550.00 (1 O0 Players Minimum) 40 Games @ $5000 8 Games @ $100.00 1 Game @ 0.00 Complimentary Meal Included Game @ $500.00 Bringing the arts to students The Jefferson Arts CounCil,s president Greg McNabb (left) stands with T=ch!ng Arts Creatively grant winners including (front row, from left) Sarah DeAnna, Kendra Clark, Laura Miller, Jill Guempel and ~Shearer along with Judy Chesley (front row, far right), the council's vice president of Jefferson Arts Council!and the ~hai~:0f the JAC's Teaching Arts Creatively along with (back row, from left) Julle Cumbo, AIIisa Sellers, Emily Cumber~nd, A~n~i Groff and Malcolm Holly during a holiday social held last month at Charles Washington Hall in Charles Town,i Fourteen coun~ educators won grants to bring professional artists into classrooms to bring the arts into various content areas, The: JAC grants Cover music, book arts, photography, printmaking, !:~eaving, theatre, papermaking, and clay sculpture. Beyondthe JAC,s financial assistance, other funding comes from the West irginla Department of Arts, Culture and History and the N ional d ent for the Arts. FERR~WESTVIRGINIA January 10 is National Houseplant Appreciation Day Use these markers show some appreciation! MADE PH: 304.535.1313 196 HIGH ST OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK HARPERS FERRY (304) 93o-1363 ' ::'' 6TO:N: Mildred St, in Ronoon Cookie Puffs, custard tarts and morel OPEN 6:30 8,m, to 4 p,m, Tuelday-Frlday ; 7:30 a,m,r to 4 p,m, Saturdays Sewer FROM PAGE A3 perwork details of the city's acquisition of Ranson's sew- er operations last summer. Mayor Scott Rogers said he would not have have sup- ported the acquisition if he had known about the debt obligation. Last week, the IJDC voted to in.ease the cost of the sewer project - and the value of the loan - to help Charles Town absorb the cost of the project. Trainor asked when a ser- vice customer's project be- comes enough of an econom- ic hardship for a utility for that utility to turn down the project. (Shingleton: If the utility receives the money for the project, there's no finan- cial hardship.) The City Council weeks ago scheduled Monday's dis- cussiOn of Rockwool sewer serviCe.At the time, the hope existed that council members might vote on the sewer line. Boat/RV/CIImate Control We'll beat any Chades Town or Ranson storage facility by $5/mo! 165 Philip Avenue Chades Town, WV 304-724-7867 www,Ro weiiMin rage,oom & Starting at WATERPROOF mil Wear Layer & Cork Backing Starting at Kyle Friend 304 676 3486 Stop by and visit us today! 86 Somerset Blvd. Charles Town, WV ,v