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PAGE A2 %~dnesday April 4, 2018 NEWS SPIRIT of ,JEFFERSON and FARMER'S AI)VOCATE :, By ROBERT SNYDER that last item after Councilman Mi- Charles Town, one from Ranson and editor@spiritofjefferson.eom chael Tolbert called the proposed one from Jefferson County. Charles changes unfair to county residents. Town's three members would in- CHARLES TOWN-- The Charles "If you're a resident of Charles clude the city manager, a profession- Town City Council started formaliz- Town, you can be on this utility al engineer and a resident of the city. ing its takeover of sewer operations board," Tolbert said. Charles Town would have the from the city of Ranson and, to a "Ranson's language is very clean right to pick one person from among lesser extent, Jefferson County this too. The Jefferson County Commis- three nominated by both the Ranson week. sion's qualifications is a three-step City Council and the county com- In a series of 8-0 votes, council process and the way they have mission. There is an extra provi- members approved the first read- structured this three-step process, to sion in the county's nominating pro- ing of an ordinance to acquire the me, means there are 42,700 people cess that lets the commission pick a assets of Ranson's $2 million sew- in the county who do not have the non-voting liaison to the city's util- er system, to take up oversight of a opportunity to be on this board," ity board in the event Charles Town sewer line extension to service an There are about 2,700 sanitary doesn't agree to the names proposed industrial plant under construction sewer customers of the Public Set- by the county for Danish insulation manufacturer vice District. The county commission also dic- Rockwool in Ranson and to add that Tolbert's concerns echoed those tates that only Jefferson County res- city's sewer rates to Charles Town's of Jefferson County Commission- idents who would have been PSD rate schedule, ers Patsy Noland and Jane Tabb, customers paying PSD rates at the Council members also voted to who last month voted against a plan time of the handover may be nomi- change the makeup of the city util- to turn over the county's 34-year- nated. That proved to be the sticking ity's board of directors to plan for old public utility to Charles Town. point for Tolbert. the anticipated acquisition of Ran- The commission approved the pur- "If you weren't hooked up to this son's sewer system and the Jeffer- chase agreement on a 3-2 vote with PSD, then 'I'm sorry, you can't be son County Public Service District, Commissioners Josh Compton, Pe- on this board' and I just don't be- which recently reversed a decision ter Onoszko and Caleb Wayne Hud- lieve that is the way it should be," by a previous board that had op- son voting.for the hand-off. Tolbert said. "At a certain point the posed Charles Town's efforts to take Post-acquisition, the CharlesPSD is going to go away and Charles over the county's utility. Town Utility Board would continue Town says, if you're a resident, you Council members voted 7-1 on to have five members -- three from can be, Ranson says if you're a rest- % *t dent you can be, this basically says equalize there would be no more [only] 2,700 (qualify)." PSD vs. Ranson vs. Charles Town," Tolbert said Charles Town allows Trainer said. "I think once every- ( city residents who aren't hooked up thing levels out and we're operating to public sewer to serve on the utili- as a single utility we can take a look ty board. The current board of direc- at this and clean up the language " tors on the county utility has three This doesn't really hurt anybody per - members. State Code allows non- se at this point, but it moves us for- PSD customers to serve on it. ward toward making a better utility ,':- Councilman Michael George said for everybody." ' the language of the resolution was City Manager Daryl Hennessy said, OK'd by the county commission, the council voted to take up the is-"," "This the the county commission- sue of utility board membership from ers' choice," George said. both the county and the city of Ran-': George said there are many coun- son in one step so that only one modi- :- ' ty residents who wouldn't qualify fication would have had to be made. anyway -- customers of Shepherd- "There's still a lot that needs to hap- -- stown and Harpers Ferry's systems pen on the PSD side," Hennessy said and residents who live on the Blue Tuesday. 'T'm cautiously optimistic.",' ," Ridge Mountain. The council is scheduled to ap- , "Once they're connected, they can prove a second reading of the acqui-""?. be on the board" George said, adding sition of Ranson's sewer system on there is typically little interest in par- May 7. Second readings for the oth-: ticipating on public bodies. "No one er resolutions are set for May 21. -' is knocking down our doors to serve The state Public Service Commis--" on this board. We've stmggled to find sion hasn't formally approved the someone who wants to do this." hand-off. A group of developers and, Councilman Bob Trainer pro- other county residents are urging the,'," posed refining the ordinance post- PSC to order the PSD to go ahead acquisition, with the $6.8 million sewer upgrade' "Eventually when all the rates that won state approval a year ago. '" Potomac Valley Audubon Society event moving from Jefferson County '" By CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@spiritofjefferson.eom The 17th-snnual "This Race is for the Birds!" will happen at Broomgrass Farm in southern Berkeley County. York City and wed in 1989, created tered in threes or fours to preserve Broomgrass as a new type of pro-con- the land's farm fields and wood- servation development - one where lands. Buying a residential lot fanning, woodland conservation and brought membership in the associ- residential housing could coexist, ation's common land and amenities The one-acre homesites are clus- including a barn, tractor, a lap pool Lisa Dall'Olio Matthew Grove and pool house with spa and sauna. "This Race is for the Birds!," a professionally timed 5K and 10K, will begin at 9 a.m. and will fol- low cross-country trails through the farm's scenic fields. A free, one-mile fun run for children 10 and younger will begin at 10:45 a.m. The registration fee for the 5K is $30, or $35 for the 10K. Registration is limited to 400 runners for both. To register or for more information, go to the race website at raceforth- or contact Nan Johnson ( GERRARDSTOWN - The Poto- mac Valley Audubon Society race long held at the National Conserva- tion Training Center outside Shep- herdstown has a new home this spring: "This Race is for the Birds !" is moving to Broomgrass Farm in southern Berkeley County. The 17th-annual event is set for April 14. The race, initially held on the bu- colic grounds of NCTC and more recently at Wild Goose Farm in Shepherdstown, now moves to Broomgrass, an organic fanning community situated outside Ger- rardstown in Back Creek Valley near the Virginia line. The races offer a rare chance for non-residents to visit the unique community created in 2002 by Mar- tinsburg architects Lisa Dall'Olio and Matthew Grove. The couple, Who met, in New ii~i!!i!i!i!!~ f iiiii!ii!iiiiill iiii!!i!ili i!i"-' ! or 304-870-4414). '' Organizers say that any adults and families who want to walk or jog the" i" 5K course at their own pace may do so. All proceeds from "This Race is r ". for the Birds!" will go for Potomac Valley Audubon Society projects( programs and preserves. Listens to ALL county citizens Prudent budgeting of your tax dollars Supports job creation and economic recovery Values our agricultural heritage Supports Volunteer Fire Departments and JC Emergency Services Agency of JEFFERSON "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." THOMAS JEFFERSON Publisher ROBERT Serving our community since 1844 Published Wednesdays by The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc a local, family-owned company Winner, West Virginia Press Association 2017 General Excellence (Third place) 300-725-20461 Fax 300-728-6856 DIDN'T GET YOUR PAPER? Call office manager Cara Young, 300-725-2046, ext. 221. SEE A MISTAKE? The Spirit of Jefferson wants to promptly and thoroughly correct all errors that appear in these pages or our website online. Bring such matters to the attention of Christine Snyder as quickly as possible. Visit us at 114 N. Charles St. in Charles Town or send mail to P.O. 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