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25 Troy Drive Charles Town 681-252-1750 Erie Insurance" Wrestling success Community Calendar B10 Servingthepeople FE N of Jefferson County since 1844 AND FARMER'S ADVOCATE The week from JANUARY 10, 2018 to JANUARY 16, 2018 I 95 (PLUS TAX) Abby Butler shows a bar graph detailing water consumption at her family's townhouse In Tuscawilla Hills after she got a monthly water bill for more than $929 - compared to a typical month's bill of $90 to $1o0. ROBERT SNYDER Butlers get 1-month water bill of $929 By CHRISTINE SNYDER " "I called the Charles Town Util- ity Board and explained there was no way we'd used that much water, i CHARLES TOWN-The monthly that there had to be a mistake," But- water bill for Abby Butler's family ler said. "But the woman I spoke to tends to run about $100, sometimes said they don't make mistakes." spiking to $140 in the summer when She then asked city utility officials she's filling and refilling the wading for her household's consumption re- pool for her two young kids. port for the period in question. So when a bill topping $900 ar- The document includes a bar rived for a single month's water graph showing the home - a town- and sewer service at the famity s house in the center of her block townhouse in Tuscawilla Hills, she spoke up. (See $929 Page Ah) more answers 3 on JCC want Ohio CPA to testify here By ROBERT SNYDER See related cartoon, editorial A6 editor @spiritofjefferson.eom The eatery underway on East Washington Street is in the county, not in Charles Town. City officials say a boundary fix would Improve how the city and Jefferson County divvy up resources and plan for growth, Charles Town touts need for boundary change no evidence of mismanagement or CHARLES TOWN - Jefferson misappropriation of funds at the County Commissioners intend to $18 million utility, which the JCC ask the author of a recently complet- majority want to transfer to the city ed forensic audit of the Public Ser- of Charles Town as part of a move vice District to discuss her findings that they say would streamline wa- (See ANNEX Page A2) after a review of the utility failed to ter and sewer operations. turn up any compliance issues. The JCC voted 3-2 last summer MAYOR That audit, conducted over a to hire Marietta, Ohio-based ac-,tozy" by Robert Snyder SCOTT ROGERS handful of days in October at the utility's offices in Bardane, offered (See AUDIT Page A4) annexationwould be among the 922 prop- "This [annexation] of more than 2,600 erties the city hopes to absorb, isn't about us getting acres by the city of The area Charles Town in- Town would tends to annex includes 813millions of dollars. let the city better plan for the residences, 38 businesses and But as we go out future and provide essential a dozen agricultural properties, and bring in these -municipal setwiees,to residents an expansion that would both new businesses and" by reducing the "Swiss cheese" push the city east towards Hall- effect that is the result of past town and south towards Me- continue to plan for piecemeal annexations and chanicstown, a mile from the new businesses that developments, say city leaders Shenandoah River. will come in because preparing to defend a challenge The annexation would also we're pro-actively going to its plans in Jefferson County fill in a pocket between Summit Circuit Court. Point Road and U.S. 340 along to go out and get them, Charles Town asked the court Augustine Avenue and absorbwe're going to be in a to OK the city's "minor bound- a pockmarked strip along Jef- much better situation ary adjustment" application in ferson Avenue towards Southwith our sales tax and November after the Jefferson George Street east to Orchard County Commission voted 5-0 Terrace. that's going to give us in March against the city's plan. The annexation wouldin- more money to benefit Following a presentation by crease the city's footprint by everyone who city officials, the city's New about 70 percent, from about is now in a Horizons proposal was called a 3,700 acres to more than 6,330 "stupid idea" by then-Commis- acres and add about 1200 resi- whole, united sion President Peter Onoszko, Charles whose Marlowe Road residence Town." i!i!{ Historian digs into county's weeklies dating to 1840 RIGHT: Local By CHRISTINE SNYDER son from its premiere on July 17, 1844 history expert editor@spiritofjefferson.eom well as editions of defunct newspa- William D. Theriault Jefferson CounW'S as pers including Charles Town's Virgin- has just published ~ v, t A CHARLES TOWN - In a time when ia Free Press and the Shepherdstown "Jefferson County's Fourth Estate many no longer read newspapers coy- Register. Fourth Estate, 1840- 1850,"a 240-page 1 g 0--[850 er to cover, William D. Theriault not The initial 240-page work - "Jef- volumethat Includes only keeps up with current events, ferson County's Fourth Estate, 1840- the viewpoints he's at work reading every page of ev- 1850" - has just been published. and voices of local cry newspaper published in Jefferson The book takes readers back to the journalists from County going back to the 1840s. 1840s via the viewpoints and vole- the period. 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