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.t PAGE A2 SPIRIT of JEFFERSON: " ,J r ~ ~ Wednesday, November 14, 2018 NEWS and FARMER'S ADVOC~I E,-.-, Though retiring, Dale Nisbet loves his work as. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's natural resource specialist By RICHARD E BELISLE years, he has been a park ranger, law en- them with predators. Sp~lal to the Spirit forcement officer, dispatcher, wildland When Nisbet ends his NPS career this : fLrefighter and dispatcher. "And once I week, he will conclude another of his fa- HARPERS FERRY --Dale Nisbet, nat- was a mail and file clerk," he said. vorite duties, working with college in- ural resource specialist. at H rs Fer- Nisbet said the peregrine project was terns. ry National Historical Park, is clearly as his favorite. "It was a very positive thing "They bring a new thirst for knowl- enthusiastic about his work today, on the to do - trying to help an endangered spe- edge," he said. "They want to do the best eve of his retirement, as he was when he cies get re-introduced onto Maryland they can and find new adventures. It was started his job here 20 years ago. Heights," he said. great just to get to know them." Nisbet's love for his work showed as he He said similar projects succeeded in Hope Fraser is one such intern. spoke, nearly non-stop, of the peregrine Shenandoah National Park in Virginia in She graduated from Shepherd Universi- falcon project, or trying to hold the park's the 1990s. ty's Natural Resource Specialist program deer population to a sensible number per Harpers Ferry personnel got help from and is following that with a master's de- acre, or dealing with invasive plants and officials from the National Fish and Wild- gree from Virginia Tech. On a recent day insects including the emerald ash bor- life Service to secure chicks from the she was working as a natural resources as- ers that are killing the park's stately ash wild to raise until they fledged and were sistant in Nisbet office. She first worked trees, released with wireless transmitters in the for Nisbet as a volunteer, later as a paid Nisbet, who earned his bachelor's de- hopes of having them roost on Maryland intern and now back again this week as a gree from West Texas State University, Heights. "They never did, but it can take volunteer, she said. joined the National Park Service 28 years generations," he said. Nisbet's wife is Elizabeth Kerwin-Nis- ago. Park officials hope the deer problem can bet, the media specialist for Harpers Ferry He worked in six national parks includ- be controlled with organized hunts and an National Historical Park. The couple has ing Yellowstone and Everglades. Over the attempt to control ash borers by attacking a 6-year-old son, Daniel. RICHARD BELISLE'j '" ' Charles Town resident Dale Nisbet Is retiring from his job ~ as natural resource specialist at Harpers Ferry National ~ Historical Park this week after 20 years working in Jeffer- , son County and nearly three decades with the National Park Service. Hill Top Public access to the Hill Top site and the over- look would need to be fenced off for two years while the dilapidated hotel structure is demol- ished and a new hotel built, she said. ~Whether the town's aging water system, which is being upgraded, will deliver sufficient water pressure to the project in time for construction to start in the fall of 2019 is also a concern, Zi- emianski said. She said the system's pipes leak about 60 percent of the water flowing through them now. "These are the things that are all Town Council decisions," she said. "There are many solutions. We need to find the fight solutions together, and see if we can bring the Hill Top back to Harpers Ferry." She outlined other town approvals or variances SWaN will need, including: realigning and regrading Columbia Street to create an accessible traffic entrance for the hotel property; approving the construction of a new "loop road" to direct traffic on hotel property; building hotel parking and activity space be- neath paved and unpaved public fights of way; acquiring a targeted waiver of state liquor "open container" laws to allow hotel guests to carry alcoholic drinks while mingling on paved areas and lawns; obtaining water and sewer infrastructure by September and setting maximum permitting and site devel- opment fees the town can charge during con- struction. Resolution to public fights of way might in- clude exchanging town land for company-owned A I I Jefferson: County Comr unity Ministries 238 W. Washington St. Charles lbwn cc m-needs 31)4-725-3186 Home & Auto Boat Farms Motorcycle Businessowners Life Contractors Healthlnsurance Horse Risk Disability Income Umbrella Liability Annuities The Bennett Agency 118 N. Charles Street Charles Town, WV land, purchasing a street or securing a long-term lease, Ziemianski said. "We felt like maybe fight now we need to come to you as a team and with positive intent and have really solutions-focused discussions on how we Can make this plan work," she said. Ziemianski said zoning regulations that town officials developed over several years control everything from parking to lighting on the ho- tel property - presenting considerable challenges for SWaN to develop a financially viable hotel. She pointed out the regulations forced SWaN to downscale the hotel from a 184-guest room complex to one with 122 rooms. Meanwhile, the hotel project's estimated cost is approaching $1 million per room, Ziemianski said. She said hotel should generate $1 million in annual tax revenues and about 100 new jobs for the town, with as much as $300 million in revenues and 300 jobs during the hotel's reconstruction. Town resident George Owens said SWaN had earlier estimated the Hill Top would gen- erate about $330,000 a year in tax revenue for the town. Although he said he favored much of the development plan SWaN has submitted, he urged town officials to not rush in as they weigh the issues involved with the project. In May, SWaN submitted a concept plan to raze and re- place the structure built in the early 1900s. An annex/lodge building and four 18th-century for- mer armory houses would be renovated on the four-acre campus on a promontory at the eastern end of East Ridge Street. That plan won mostly favorable reviews from the town's Planning Commission. In August, SWaN presented a revised concept - in part be- cause of state fire marshal requirements - with a new traffic pattern and landscaping. In addition to the new site access road, it features expanded green space, more pedestrian trails, a gatehouse and more underground parking. A report Ziemianski presented estimated that SWaN would pay more than $522,000 to build and maintain over time the roads and fights of ways planned for the hotel site. On Monday, Ziemianski said soil borings of the site led SWaN contractors to believe they won't need to conduct rook blasting to build un- derground parking and conference and activity areas. She said the hope is that machinery can remove rocks as necessary, though the need for some dynamite blasting can't be ruled out. Mayor Wayne Bishop said he and Town Coun- cil members are assembling planners, civil en- gineers, lawyers and environmental review ex- perts to consultants the town in negotiations with SWaN. "We're going to depend on our paid profes- sionals who are neutral third parties," he said. Bishop, a professional construction project manager who spent years on the town Planning Commission before winning the mayor's job in mid-2017, pointed out that other council mem- bers will vote on the project details. "The mayor is not going to negotiate these deals," he said. "There will not be one person sitting at this table negotiating things." Bishop added that the Town Council will be in- terpreting and enforcing the zoning regulations de- veloped for the Hill Top property after many years of public hearings and input. "We' re here to enforce prooess and law, process and law," he said. He said the council will likely hold a special session so the public can comment on ideas, pro- posals and suggestions made during the negotia- tion process with SWaN. Professional Quality Service Done Right The First Time! 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"Our audiences crave plays, *'' with literature, not light entertain- ( ment," he said. "Every aspect of our successful 29-year partnership is dedicated to ~ creating an ideal environment for ( scholars, thinkers, artists, faculty . and students," he said. fl p' p sfnee: 1'844 Servlng our commuhiiy : Published Wednesdays by " The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc a local, family-owned company Winner, West Virginia Press Association 2017 General Excellence (Third place) 304-725-2046 1 Fax 304-728-6856 DIDN'T GET YOUR PAPER? Call office manager Cara Young, 300-725-2006, 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. Box 966, Charles Town 25414 Publisher/advertising director ROBERT SNYDER 300-725-2046, ext. 223 Managing editor CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@spidtot] 300-725-2046, ext. 222 Sports ANDREW SPELLMAN sports@ 304-725-2046, ext. 226 Graphic designer SHARON SNYDER 304-725-2046, ext. 227 Office manager CARAYOUNG 300-725-2046, ext. 221 Distribution DONNY OWENS WHAT'S INSIDE THIS WEEK Out & About A4 Advocate A6 Opinion A7 Obituaries A8 Life B1 History Matters B2 Community Calendar B3 Classifieds B6 Xochitl & Ximena B6 Legals : B5, B7, B8, B10 and Bll Sports B9, B12 CORRECTION Nancy Jo Upwright, a longtime Jefferson County elections worker, stands in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse. The Leetown retiree, 88, was misidentified in a story in the Nov. 7 edition of the Spirit. Don't miss an issue[ [] In-state $36 for 52 weeks [] Out-of-state $38 for 52 weeks [] E.edilion $19.95 for 52 weeks Mail to Spirit of Jefferson P.O. 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