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June 16, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 17

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TAKING TOLI Dunbar Bridge Head Waiting To Judge 1-64 Span Effects By Steve* H. Kravitz The manager of the Dunbar Toll Bridge said although traffic on the span is approximately half of what it was before the new 1-64 bridge was opened, it is too early to predict its effects. Tiny Boggess said Friday, "It's a little early to evaluate the change in traffic. It has been down in the neighborhood of 50 to 60 per cent off. We're doing 40 to 50 per cent of the business we were." Boggess said there are $2,636.000 in outstanding revenue bonds which will be due in 1992. He said if the bridge fails to break even, the bondholders will lose- a portion of their investment. "If the bridge doesn't make its way, they lose their money," he said. "It's not likely to happen. I don't think," added Boggess. He said before the interstate span opened last Wednesday, the daily traffic average for the toll bridge was 9,500 vehicles. However, the current average is beterrn 4.000 and 5.000 vehicles daily, Boggess said. The span, which crosses the Kanawha River approximately one mile west of the new free bridge, was opened in 1953. Boggess said $4.450.000 in bonds was sold to finance its construction, but almost $2.000.000 has been paid. In addition to Boggess. six full-time and six part- time employes are on the span's payroll. Only one of the three toll booths is usually open, but Boggess said during rush hours an additional booth is used. Tolls otkthe span are .25 for cars. MO for motorcycles, .30 m light trucks, .75 for medium trucks. $1 for heavy trucks and .75 for buses. Boggess said he will not be able to calculate the bridge's financial situation accurately until the end of th's year. TOLL TAKERS ON DUNBAR BRIDGE NO LONGER AS BUSY Mrs. Terry Hunt of Dunbar Collects Fee for Travel on 21-year-old Span --Photos by Leo Chabol ·GAZETTE-MAIL C.hnrl,*tin. W.l'n;. lunc 16. 1971 ECOND ROOT " Flood Measures For Ohio Costing State West Virginia is paying a disproportionate share, in lost fishing and other recreation benefits, for flood control protection in the Ohio River Basin. .three West Virginia reservoirs have, by far, the most severe winter drawdowns of any of the 63 Army Corps of Engineers re : servoirs in the basin which have flood control as one of their primary purposes. ., HEADING THE list is Sumtnersville Reservoir in Nicholas County, where the water level is lowered a whopping 132 feet in the wintertime. According to state fish biologists, this extreme drawdown is limiting fish production in the lake! ;; Next in line in drawdown in the Ohio Basin are Tygart. which is drawn down 84 feet, and Sutton, which is drawn down 75 feet. From these three, the drawdowns fall off drastically, the next highest is Wolf Creek in Kentucky (50 feet) and Allegheny in Pennsylvania (36 feet). Only two other reservoirs are drawn down 30 feet or more, including Fishtrap in Kentucky (32 feet) and Center Hill, also in Kentucky (30 feet). At all the rest, the drawdowns range from 27 feet to zero. Sixteen have no draw- down at all. . ' ' ' · : + ' * IRA S. LATIMER JR., director of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said he'd like to know how much flood control storage in state reservoirs is designed By Skip Johnson to prevent West Virginia floods and how much is designed to prevent Ohio River floods. . "Is it possible there is a more equitable way to distribute the drawdown?" Latimer wondered. The Summersville drawdown is particularly vexing to fishermen, fish biologists and other recreation users of the lake. "It's like ordering a cup of coffee and getting half a cup," said Dave Robinson, assistant chief of the wildlife resources division of the DNR. "We really don't have a 2,700-acre lake at Summersville, because we're limited by what we have at winter pool stage, which is much less. Robinson predicted that if the pool was more stable, twice as many fish could be produced at Summersville. ANOTHER FACTOR limiting fishing at Summersville, he said, is the annual walleye kill that occurs when the fish are pulled through the tubes. Ken Harmon of the Corps' Huntington district, which includes Summersville and Sutton Reservoirs, said the severity of the drawdowns at both Jakes is due to terrain.. as well as storage for water quality releases. He pointed out that the terrain surrounding both lakes is rugged, and that the water must be lowered more drastically than at most of the others to let out the same volume of water for flood storage capacity- . At the other two flood control reservoirs in West Virginia -- East Lynn and Bluestone -- the drawdown is only six and four feet, respectively. Harmon said one reason is that these reservoirs don't include storage capacity for water quality releases, as do Summersville and Sutton. FISH BIOLOGISTS from thr DNR and representatives of the Corps nave been studying several alternate operational plans concerning the effects of the winter pool stage at Summersville on fish, flood control and recreation, according to John Lane of the Corps' public affairs office in Cincinnati. "Any changes in the operation will be based on results from regulation tests expected to be run this winter." he said. Lane pointed out that the total flood control capacity of the corps' reservoirs in the Ohio Basin is 25.46 million acre feet, of which Summersville and Sutton contribute 2.5 per cent. MUCH TRAFFIC HAS BEEN DIVERTED TO 1-64 SPAN Located One Mile Sast, New Bridge Has Cut Dunbar Span's traffic In Half MISSION Retired Food Stamp Organizer Returned to Direct TRIP Setup By Herb Little The Associated Press Mrs. Grace Strain enjoyed the satisfaction of a mission accomplished last Thursday, even though she was all but lost Davis Project Slam · v Called Incredible City Fathers' Day Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky The Associated Press A Taylor County state senator charged Saturday that a federal official had given a "misleading and downright distorted picture 1 ' of the effects of the proposed Davis . Power project on wildlife in the Canaan Valley. .Sen. C. N. Harman criticized as "incredible" a statement by Royston C. Hughes, assistant secretary of the Interior Department, that construction of a lake State GOP Re-Elects Potter Head Thomas E. Potter has been re-elected state Republican chairman. At a meeting of the party's executive committee in Charleston Saturday, the GOP also re-elected all other incumbent officers including associate chairman Mrs. E.K. Stevens of Charleston: secretary Mrs. Greta Karickhoff of Spencer: treasurer Elmer H. Dodson of Charleston: and six vice chairmen. Robert J. Wallace of Buckhannon, Thomas D. Winter of Charleston. Robert B. Sayre of Beckley. C.E. Romine Jr. of Huntington. J.E. Seibert of Wheeling and Robert Hughes of Martinsburg. Named to fill vacancies on the committee were Mary Kramar of Hancock County. Donald Lewis of Brooke County. Joan Spears of Cabell County and Ann Young of Upshur County. The committee unanimously endorsed the Judicial Reorganization Amendment which will be voted on in the general election. for the project would destroy the area's wildlife. In a letter to Rep. Harley 0. Staggers, D-W.Va., Harman urged that the Federal Power Commission be made aware "of the facts in this case," * AN ADMINISTRATIVE law judge is conducting hearings on a proposal by Allegheny Power Co. to build a one million kilowatt hydroelectric generating station and 7.000-acre reservoir in the valley. Environmental groups have opposed the project, saying it would destroy the area for wildlife. Hughes said the construction of the lake would cause "significant fish and wildlife resource losses" and would "have a severe adverse impact oh the valley's ecological characteristics." In his letter to Staggers. Harman said the statement was incredible. "How could the creation of a 7,000-acre lake, to be stocked and managed by the state's Department of Natural Resources, result in significant fish losses-? " The state senator said it was possible that it would mean the loss of some wildlife habitat. "But such habitat would be substantially replaced by other equally productive habitat." he contended. "The snipe, woodcock, beaver, deer and bear in Tucker County are getting along famously and will continue to do so." he said. "They have the run of nearly all the entire county as well as most neighboring counties. 1 ' Harman said the people of the county are under "many hardships" economically because much of the county's lands are nonta sable as holdings of state and federal governments. "The constraction of this Davis Power project may be the only chance the beautiful (Canaan) valley has for survival in anything near its present form." he said. About a year ago, it was called to my attention that Spring Street in South Charleston is a real rarity. I was told that it is the only street in formerly filthy rich South Charleston that is still covered with paving paid for 100 per cent by property owners. Naturally, being as I live on this street; I found all of this to be mildly interesting. I wrote about it, pointing out that although the asphalt is quaint and unique and all that jazz, it is also shot. I've talked about this to a couple of the neighbors and we've decided that beyond a doubt the street should be mentioned in the Guiness Book of Records or something like that. - When I mentioned that it is nearly as much of a historical oddity as our Adena Indian Burial Mound, several in the group got very nervous. I asked why. and was quickly told that the people of^ Spring Street, certainly did not want the city making a mess up here as they are always trying to do down at the mound. »· I WANDERED up and down pur neglected street several times wrestling with the problem... There's stone imbedded imed- ded in the tar that was supposed to have bounced off the skull of Philo Farnsworth. In between turning ankles on the more wretched parts of the paving. I asked myself what Huntington would do with something like this. They would. I answered myself, declare it the historical oddity it is and immediately begin slopping brass, bronze, aluminum and wrought iron memorial markers all over its length and breadth. Now. I'm the first to admit that that would be cute and fitting and reverent and ail that stuff, but it sure would be tough on our tires. Also, it would be sort of rough getting home and such being as we'd be about up to here in tourists gawking around and moving their lips trying to read all of the markers. SO, I FIGURE wed better work out a sort of compromise between what tihgton would do and what South Charleston would do. . First off, we'll have to get Spring Street declared outside of South Charleston. This will capture our council's interest -- just § like Rock Lake swimming pool. Then we will declare Spring Street a historical monument. Next, to hold down on the crowds we will charge toll fees for vehicles and admission for pedestrians. To make things even more interesting we will sell family passes to cover the whole year. Finally, to really get somewhere, we'll send all city officials .and especially city council members FREE family passes, good for all year. After a while, we'll be able to pave the street again with the money we've fleeced from the rest of the public. (I feel sure we can get some used toll booths from either the W. Va. Turnpike Commission or the Dunbar Toll Bridge in just a little while.) Before anyone gets all set to sneer at or to throw cold water on this plan, he should only ask himself. ."Is this working for Rock Lake, or not?" Or even. "Would South Charleston be operating Rock Lake right now without those good old freebie family passes?" Or. "What would happen if someone gave some poor kids enough money to get in?" Or finally. "Is it even legal for South" Charleston to be operating such a recreational facility outside city limits in the face of its other expenditures of tax money for recreation?" Some day soon. I'll try to learn what goes on with the city's income from wrestling shows and other such enterprises. Right now I think it is almost appropriate to wish all of the South Charleston City Fathers a right nice Father's Day- down there lolling about on the shores of Rock Lake. 1 would only add thst they should keep their freebie passes nice and dry because there is nothing more icky looking that! a freebie pass with runny ink... among federal and state officials on hand for the start of West Virginia's transportation stamp program. She retired three years ago from the State Department of Welfare, where in 1961 she had set up the nation's first food stamp program. Mrs. Strain's name naturally came up early in the planning, more than s year ago. of an effort to use the same concept to meet transportation needs of low-income . elderly and. disabled persons.. 5 Welfare Commissioner Edwin Flowers brought Mrs. Strain out of retirement and. she rejoined the department to direct organization of the transportation stamp program. She has served as executive director of the TRIP advisory council. The acronym stands for the pilot project's official name Transportation Remuneration Incentive Program. *· REALIZATION suddenly dawned on State Sen. Alan L. Susman of Beckley Thursday that it was the deadline for mailing post-primary campaign 'financial statements. His did not yet have the required signature of his designated campaign treasurer, Phyllis Presley, iand she was vacationing at Myrtle Beach, S.C. A plane was readied while'Susman rounded up a notary public. He flew with the notary to Myrtle Beach, where they obtained the treasurer's signature. Then they flew back to West Virginia in time to mail the statement with several hours to spare before the midnight deadline. "I'm just glad she didn't go to the Bahamas," said Susman. The fact that Susman's report showed he spent over $37,000 about two-thirds of it his own money in his successful campaign for Democratic nomination for a second Senate termmfuels speculation that he may have something bigger in mind for 1976. perhaps a statewide race. Said one of Susman's Senate colleagues: "He surely didn't spend that kind of money just for a $3,300 job." · DEL. Albert L. Sommerville Jr.. D- Webster. undertook in the House last week to put things in historical perspective for those who mistakenly think present prickly relations between West Virginia's Governor and legislature are something new. Sommerville read to the House part of a speech the late Matthew M. Neely delivered at a labor union convention in Huntington while he was governor in 1943. The speech must have set some sort of record for billingsgate directed at legislators. Neely said: "The present legislature of West Virginia, regardless of the fidelity of a few of its members who deserve unlimited gratitude, is the most blighting source to humanitarian government the state has, ever suffered." Statehome Note Book LITTLE serve only to keep their owners' backbones from raveling out." And, said Neely, "every toiler,. every progressive and every aged, blind and needy person in the state owes unlimited fun- tiring and unending political opposition to all these illustrious, backward-looking, antediluvian-thinking legislators until they return 'to the vile dust from which they sprung, unwept, unhonored and unsung.' " Try and top that. Arch Moore. He reviled the 1943 legislature as a group of lawmakers "whose mallet heads Methodist Church List Is Private KNOXVILLE. Tenn.- A list of United Methodist Church pastoral appointments affecting West Virginia and three other states included in the church's Holston Conference was not made public by iate Saturday. The list of appointments was read Saturday afternoon at the closing session of the Holston Conference's 151st annual convention, but Methodist Bishop L. Scott Allen refused to give copies of the list to newsmen here. Copies of the appointments list were given only to district superintendents of the church. Bishop Allen said he needed to make fin-" al corrections to the list before releasing it to the public, but did not say when the revised list would be completed. »· IN OTHER convention activity, the Holston Conference adopted a resolution Saturday calling on its churches to minister to the "spiritual, physical and mental needs" of Vietnam veterans. t

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