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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and F:M- MER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A5 Wednesday, February 7, 2018 CHARLES TOWN'S FUTURE By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - Residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on the city's updated comprehen- sive plan at a public heating 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at City Hall. Charles Town Council members approved changes to the plan Mon- day night. The council had a special workshop on the document Jan. 29. Formally called the "Historically Hip Charles Town 2040 Compre- hensive Plan," the plan is a guide- line for future growth and develop- ment in the city. The planning com- mission held the first public hearing on the document Jan. 9. A city's comprehensive plan has to be revised every 10 years, per state Code, said Charles Town Plan- ner Seth Rivard. "We decided to revisit a plan be- cause we were coming close to that time," Rivard said this week. "A lot of changes had taken place in Charles Town, concerning things like growth and land use." The 195-page plan was written by Run Green Infrastructure Park Proj- Rivard and Troy Truax, a consultant ect from 2014; and the county's En- with Michael Baker International in vision Jefferson 2035 Comprehen- Harrisburg, Pa. sive Plan from 2014. Current pro- "'Hip' was included in the title to show we're thinking forward. We wanted to have a youthful component. We wanted to plan for future land use, new developments, places outside the city limits that will become part of the city through annexation." son County, a move that would fill in what city officials have described as areas of "Swiss cheese" and ex- pand the city's boundaries east to- wards Harpers Ferry and south to- wards the Shenandoah River, taking I SETH RIVARD, Charles Town Planner I in about 920 properties. The move is being challenged by It was shaped by city and county grams and city regulations were the Jefferson County Commission, residents who are members of the also reviewed, which has asked that an appeal by Citizen Advisory Committee. The "'Hip' was included in the title the city be dismissed by a Jefferson CAC conducted numerous meet- to show we're thinking forward," County Circuit Court. ings with local businesses, public Rivard said. "We wanted to have City officials say the proposed hearings and also developed a sur- a youthful component. We wanted plan has five keys in order to be vey. to plan for future land use, new de- implemented: it has to be focused A number of previous strate- velopments, places outside the city on relevant, real community is- gic plans were studied including limits that will become part of the sues; to be organized the way la- the City of Ranson/City of Charles city through annexation." cal officials and citizens think; to Town Brownfields Area-wide Plan; Charles Town intends to annex have practical and workable rec- the Construction Plan for the Evitts more than 2,600 acres from Jeffer- ommendations; to recruit partners and create capacity to implement the plan; and to get a commitment to implement it. At the Jan. 29 workshop, Ward 4 Councilman Bob Trainor critiqued the proposal, noting he didn't like downtown Charles Town being re- ferred to as the "heart and soul" of the community. Residents living in developments outside of town would feel left out, he said. Subse- quently, the words were changed to the "cultural and historical identity of the city." Ward 3 Councilwoman Ann Pa- onessa said the infrastructure of downtown has to be a priority as it attracts families and investors. "We have to take care of what we have or lose it," she said. Truax also said downtown Charles Town must develop a niche and offer unique products and services that are found no- where else in the area. "Have more places where people can go, like the 500 employees of American Public University. More places to go for lunch," Truax said. has recently been upheld in a Pomponio said. "We're talking the American Civil Liberties School of Medicine, said the she asked if she could induce Abortion FROM PAGE An federal appeals court, about all women now." Union, WV Free, the League bill would cause confusion an abortion by drinking tur- pate much opposition. Margaret Chapman Pom- WV Free lobbies and advo- of Women Voters of West among medical professionals pentine. That was eye-open- Some lawmakers and at ponio of WV Free called the cates for expanded access to a Virginia, Planned Parenthood as to whom can receive the ing for me because as a priv- least one constitutional law- resolution more damaging to full range of reproductive de- of the South Atlantic, Wom- medical procedure, ileged white woman, I had yer have questioned wheth- women in West Virginia than cisions for women, from preg- en's Health Services of West Martin also added this type never looked at it from that era bill working its way the Medicaid bill is, which nancy prevention to abortion. Virginia, the National Asso- of legislative interference into viewpoint." through the Legislature this would be found unconstitu- The resolution was passed ciation of Social Workers, his profession could cause Supporters of the bill, in- year banning Medicaid fund- tional if the resolution failed, out of Senate Judiciary Cam- West Virginia Citizen Ac- him to leave his home state, cluding several members of ing of abortions, except to "It is clear that this is far- mittee on Monday withouttion Group, and the American Said Julie Ward, communi- West Virginians for Life, ar- save the life of the woman, is reaching and much more much discussion. College of Obstetricians and cations director for WV Free: gued abortions are not health unconstitutional, because of sweeping and damaging than The majority of speak- Gynecologists. "I've answered many phone care. Karen Cross spoke in the 1993 decision, the already terribly onerous re- ers during the hearing on the Andrew Martin, an ob/ calls from women who arefavor of the bill, saying abor- The resolution mirrors a striction taking away Medic- bill were opposed to it, in- gyn resident at the Marshall facing unintended pregnancy, tions have mental and physi- Tennessee amendment that aid coverage for poor women," cluding representatives from University Joan C. Edwards "One really stuck with me: cal consequences to women. C andidat e s eastern Maryland Technology Council. The council worked FROM PAGE A2 with area schools to prepare University, master's degrees students for what's ahead in in psychology and special ed- the future, Poteet said. ucation from Johns Hopkins "We want to make sure our University and a Ph.D. in ed- youth are skilled in technol- ucational measurement, statis- ogy and scientifically so we tics, research and evaluation can sell the county to corpo- from Virginia Tech. She is also rations. Have a skilled work- a certified life coach, health force," Poteet said. coach and sports coach. Poteet has been a Charles Town resident for two years. TOM POTEET He has 11 grandchildren, "I look at the new proper- three of whom attend, schools ty as investing in the future," in Jefferson County. He's said Poteet,"but I don't know also worked in business de- the plans for construction." velopment at ASI Govern- Poteet is a retired federal ment in Columbia, Md and employee. He worked for the as a business development department of defense then consultant to Frontline Solu- was a consultant for the North- tions, primarily at Aberdeen Citizens Fire Company Annual Pancake Day Tuesday, February 13th 6am-7pm All you can Eat! Pancakes, Whole Hog Sausage, Fresh Sausage Gravy, Coffee & Tea Toppings Bar! Eggs & OJ Available until 11 am Adults: $8.00 Kids 6-12:$4.00 Under 6 EAT FREEI! is no direct access off of the 340 Bypass Please use Route ] 15 to Citizens Way For more information call 304-728-6428 or go to www.ciflzensfirecompany,com Realtor, ABR, CRS me a call. Cell: 1-304-671-3183 E 91 Saratoga Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414 M. Margie BarUes, Broker Laurie Ogden Kathy Skinner Scott Sudduth Proving Ground and at Forta master's degree from the Meade in Maryland. Naval Postgraduate School in He has taught acquisition Monterey, Calif. He's com- and finance courses at the Na- pleted an advanced manage- tional Cryptologic School at ment program at Harvard the National Security Agen- Business School. cy. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of JIM WATKINS Maryland, College Park, and Concerning the board's re- cent property purchase, Wat- kins said he wantedto know why more hasn't been done to repair existing schools. He questioned why it was taking so long to get repairs. 'Tve been told towels had to be stuffed in the win- dows at Shepherdstown El- ementary and students had to wear coats because of no heat," Watkins said, "Our schools have critical needs. Seeing a recent picture of board members standing on the land that was purchased seemed to be more about public relations. Our priori- ties should be about student achievement, but in a safe environment." Watkins also said the elec- Contact me today to get started. THOMAS JONES Jones Insurance 300 W Washington St Charles Town, WV 25414 (304) 725-3434 Pr~u~ en,'Jerwritt~a by ~-~:~q~ Hutu~ IreaJr~nce Company ~r~ affiii.z.ted com~nie~. C01uml~, OH. ~lJ~wide and the H,'~tiefr,~ ~ and E~le are sewke rr~ts of ~E.oewide Hutual Im ura ",ce (omp,~y. 20i7 flationwide 5762950 tricity at Jefferson High School was "maxed out. Students have to do with- out [certain high tech equip- ment]. Our students need a 21st century learning envi- ronment." A Shepherdstown resident, Watkins is a retired teach- er and technology integra- tion specialist with Jefferson County Schools. He served in the Army for four years. Following his military ser- vice, he attended then-Shep- herd College majoring in his- tory. He was an award-win- ning radio/television journal- ist before serving 10 years on the staff of then-West Virgin- ia Congressman Harley O Staggers Jr. He earned his master's de-, gree from West Virginia Uni-i versity in integrated market-: ing communications. Once'. named Jefferson High's: Teacher of the Year, he taughti business, marketing and vid-. eo Production. In addition to: his professional teaching li-i cense, he holds an advanced: certification in technology'. integration. ARTHENA ROPER Roper, a Charles Town res-: ident, has 25 years of educa-: tional programming experi-: ence, working with students: from pre-K through adult ed-: ucation. She earned a bach-, elor's degree from West Vir-: ginia University and master's i degrees from Salem Interna-' tional University, Marshall; University and WVU. Since', 2004, she has been the cul-: tural diversity facilitator and', professional development' coordinator with Jefferson', County Schools. She said she preferred not l to discuss the county's Shep-: herdstown land purchase at this time. and:they provide the follO g nefits: .: :: :: :: :::::::: : : : : you could personally benefit,