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i't % Jefferson County's newspaper~ince 1844 p, of [ 0att Votes for Milbourne of the old was once for last Jim reconsider the not to proceed review of the reasoned that be done b e- deci- to demolish !cannot be done reno- Essentially, as is effort by Com- Corliss and to table the is- Y, the group the issue. moved to sub- historic as specified by ~- Corliss voted stating, "It's the to know review would of the proceed- with Corliss but did so [the review] done years This is "es- to tear down "but I do feel be done if it for historic Review and we're just entering into a huge cost just to tear it down." Commission President Jane Tabb made it clear that she is representing those who elected her and who advocate demoli- tion. She does hope that the re- view will be done fairly and impartially by the Division of Culture and History. She pointed out again that the re- view must be done whether the building is to be torn down or renovated. Morgan requested that vol- unteers who have expressed the interest be allowed to enter the jail building to clean it. The building has been used as a dumping site for unwanted of. rice debris and "it's not fair to go into an historic review and present the building in its worst possible light," Morgan said. Commissioner A1 Hooper questioned the liability in- volved in volunteers entering the building to clean it. No deci- sion was made on whether the group would be allowed to clean or not. Addressing the review deci- sion, local historian Jim Surkamp urged the commis- sioners to look at the April 24, 1922 issue of the Shepherd- stown Register which listed names of miners held in the jail. Hooper questioned Surkamp on how the building should be preserved. "Should every" cell be maintained that could have held a prisoner?" Hooper azked. Surkamp could on to say offer no definitive answer, only as if the deci- saying that something should been mad~-'- be done to recognize the event. Award Given presented the third annual Adopt-a- the Ridge Runners 4-H Club of Shenandoah miles of roadway from the intersec- and Ridge Road toward Shenandoah Junction. their stretch of highway in 1989 and has bags of trash since that time. Adele Knott and Assistant Leader Sherry the award at last Thursday's County Corn- like to recognize the children who OVer the years and we appreciate those people ," Knott said. ff nearly 1,600 Adopt-a-Highway up over three million School Officials Ask County To Implement Impact Fees Commission Opts, 3-2, for More Information By Toni Milboume Jefferson County School Board members met opposition last Thursday when they at- tempted to convince the Jeffer- son County Commission to vote, in principal, to implement impact fees in the county. Board of Education President Lori Stilley requested that the commissioners "vote to approve fees today and determine the amount within 30 days." The Board of Education plans to begin campaigning for a bond issue at this month's Jefferson County Fair. Stilley wanted to be able to tell resi- dents that impact fees had been approved in an attempt to get an affirmative vote on the bond issue in next spring's pri- mary election. "Other sources of funding need to be seen by the voters," Stilley said. Stilley also indicated that although the School Building Authority does not require lo- cal fimds to match the money it gives, it has been made consid- erably clear that this county must match to be considered for funding. Impact fees would show those funds, Stilley said. Commission President Jane Tabb, who favors impact fees, voiced her concerns that not enough details have been worked out to vote for imple- mentation of the fees at this point. Information has been forwarded to and received by Robin Kramer of the Kansas City, Mo:, consulting firm Freilich Leitner Carlisle. Kramer has until August 17 to draft an impact fee ordinance and comment on whether the Board of Education's capital improvement plan is in accor- dance with the state's require- ments for impact fees. Also still at an impasse, and a concern of Tabb's, is the deci- sion of who will collect the fees and whether an intergovern- mental agreement can be reached between the county JMH Receives Accreditation Jefferson Memorial Hospital has achieved the Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality-accreditation from the Joint Commissio~ of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Jefferson Memorial Hospital received a score of 99 and Jefferson Home Health received a score of 98 announced John Sherwood, CEO.Approximately 2% of surveyed organ iza- Joint ~on ~tation means Jefferson Memorial Hospital and J~ Home Health have demonstrated compli- ance with national standards for patient safety and quality of care. "We seek accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to our patient's safety and qual- ity of care," says Sherwood. "We view obtaining Joint Commis- , sion Accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence." "Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvements in an organization's performance and the outcomes of care," says Kurt Patton, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, Joint Commission. "The community should be proud that Jeffer- son Memorial Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal- to continuously raise quality and safety to a higher level." The award is for a three-year period ending June 2006. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission on AccTeditation of Healthcare Organizations seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the pro- vision of health care accreditation and related ser~rices that sup- port performance improvements in health care organizations. The Joint Commismon evaluates and accredits nearly 17,000 health care ~tioz~. t the Usual Saturday! NOTE: Follow- capital "Speedy" Guard. back to County is nearing career temporary of Mobility Air way to de- this out of AS C- ambassador General Forces BG Lloyd is shown outside medical Evacuation Squadron (out of Martinsburg). They are deployed there and know Eric. He served as the 167th Airlift Squadron commander through this spring and is now on my staffin Charleston as the State Headquarters Director of Op- erations. It was quite a nice and mov- ing ceremony in 'the Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility at the edge of the aircraft ramp 7" the presidential palace of deposed dictator Saddam Husaeln. with all our friends gathered around. Both the American and West Virginia flags served as backdrops. We then donned flak vests, helmets, and secured our weapons. We were headed for Saddam's former presidential palace on the bank of the Tigris River in downtown Baghdad via the expressway known as "Ambush Alley". You can see some of the damage from the war as you drive along. We passed high buildings and overpasses that are good sniper sites. We passed tanks and other military vehicles along the way. We made the six-mile trip in record time while trying to snap a few pictures. The con- voy passed through numerous checkpoints and barricades to allow the Army to see who was traveling. Continued on Page 20 for him last eployed to 376thAir 'ing com- have that Staff, LTC me ,and I him to Inter- t of per- Aero- and each municipality. Attorney for the Board of Education David Camilletti said that "We think we (the Board of Education) are the proper authority to collect edu- cation fees." The county would still be responsible; the school board would only be respon- sible for the administrative process, Camilletti said. Commissioner A1 Hooper, who also favors impact fees, concurred with Tabb saying, "There are too many questions out there in our 30-day window with Kramer." He likened the situation to the sea saying, 'Td like to set sail today, but there are an awful lot of holes in my boat." Camilletti urged the group to take the first step. "This county commission is unique in the entire state:We should step up and break ground on this is- sue," he said. Commissioner Greg Corliss agreed and made the motion to state the intention to pursue impact fees contingent to completion of all provisions of the I~cal Powers Act. "I see no real problem...only foot drag- gers on concerns that are not show-stoppers," Corliss said. Hooper and Tabb were joined by Jim Knode in the 3-2 vote against agreeing to fee implementation in principal at this time. The School Board will present information to the pub- lic at a special booth at the fair August 18-23. February is the deadline for final wording of the bond to be placed on the ballot in the primary election. A bond was presented to the voters three years ago, but was defeated. Also pending is a $6 million Economic Development Grant to aid in the construction of the high school at Huntfield. Mem- bers of the Board of Education traveled to Charleston Monday to again plead their case. Also speaking on their behalf was Delegate John Doyle. No final decision has been made on the delegation of these funds. African American Cultural, Heritage FestivalAug. 15-17 The Jefferson County Branch, NAACP, announces its llth annual African American Cultural & Heritage Festival August 15 through 17. The theme, as in past years, contin- ues to be "Honoring Our Past & Present, Celebrating Our Fu- ture". On Friday, August 15 at 7 p.m., a Youth Talent Extrava- ganza will be held showcasing the work of young people from throughout the area. The pro- gram is free and will be held in the Betty Roper Auditorium of Wright Denny School in Charles Town. On Saturday, August 16, a parade will be staged at 12 noon, proceeding from Ranson on North George Street and onto Washington Street in Charles Town. The parade con- cludes on South Lawrence Street at the festival grounds. The famed Buffalo Thunder Motorcycle Club from Wash- ington, D.C., will participate for the first time in this parade, along with various school marching bands, officials, orga- nizations, and other units. I I Arts and craig, exhibits, a health fair, and ente~ent will take place at the festival grounds on South Lawrence Street. Beginning at 11 a.m., ven- dors and exhibits will be open. Vendors from the tri-state and New York will be selling ethnic items, books, art, jewelry, crafts, and collectibles. Great homemade food will also be available for those attending and there will be giveaways during the day. The highly-acclaimed Health Pact, Inc., will provide a free health awareness/health screening fair from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Star Lodge Masonic building. Screenings will be given for blood pressure, cho- lesterol, diabetes, and body mass indexing. This unit has traveled nationally to promote health awareness. The opening ceremony of the festival begins at 1:15 p.m., followed by awards and enter- tainment, which includes the Walkersville Steppers, Magi- Continued on Page 2 DOWNTOWN CONSTRUCTION SCHEDtn Here ts the weekly update on the work being accomplished as part of the Charles Town Downtown Revitalization Project. Granite curb work and rebuilding of the sidewalk at the Shu Chen Restaurant corner (Waahington and George streets) should be completed. Work will also continue on the west side of the courthouse. Rebuild in the Bank of Charles Town (BCT) block will be completed with access to BCT from the rear of the bank. All other building entrances will be by ramp. Rebuild of the storm drain and placernjpnt of the granite curb at the court- house will begin and demolition and rebuild of the east side of South George Street should be completed to City Hall. The Water Piping Crew will be testing new water lines in Charles Town and Ranson. Sidewalk and curb repair and re- placement will begin in various locations in both cities. The electrical subcontractor is working off-street near George Street and West Washington Street. Small crews from Frontier Communications will be working in the project area, but will not Interfere with traffic. Any changes to this work will be posted in the meeting no- rice box on the exterior of Charlea Town City Hall. Free parking remains in effect for the duration of the project. IIH I II II II III I IIIII IIII IIII