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.f m .=, # I- 7 to ~S 0,\ Volume 84 No. (conlimmg k Hinton Daily News) ome . a. Hinton. West Virginia Tuesday November 19, 1985 o 20 Cents "Potentially deadly chemicals" spread throughout the Greenhrier , River in hundreds of 55 gallon drums washed down river in the wake of the most destructive flood in the State's history endanger the safety of th~nds in Summers County, Stove Pacl~, Director of i~mergencv Ser- vices said during an emergency meeting at the County Courthouse ' Friday night. Steps were taken immediately following the 4 hour meeting to protect the water supply feeding the citizens of Hinton and the Talcott- Hilldale area. Both get their water from the Greenbrier River. The water supply to the Big Bend Public Service District for the Talcott-Hilldale area was cut off. "No water is being drawn from the Greenbrier River at this time," Pack said. In Hinton, at the West Virginia Water Co. a special "charcoal filter" approved by the State Health Department was flown in and in- stalled on the intake sys~m Satur- day morning. "Thin will purify the water supply," Pack said, "should hazardous chemicals get into the water"' Water is I~i~hauled from the W. Va. Water Co. to the P. S. D. until a charcoal filter can be installed ;i The Pence Springs Bridge is shoran being remo,'eo b~, Phillip Gwinn Construction Co. "We have to create some ex- citoment" in Downtown Hinton to draw new people to the city John C Melaniphy, of Melaniphy and Associates, Inc., said during a special presentation of a Hinton development plan Thur.~lay at City Hall. Melaniphy and Associates, Inc., of Chicage, was hired by the City Common Councir to prepare an economic development plan for Hinton with a $40,000 state grant issued earlier this year. The key to developing Hinton is to begin "cultivating the tourism- recreational markets," Melaniphy said. "A market does not exist to recreate conventional retailing in downtown Hinton. You are not going to return to a conventional retailer," he said. Melaniphy said "the loss of Kroger and Murphy's Mart" by relocating "in Avis has severely impacted the downtown area. The development of these two facilities eliminate the market for the development of these types of retailers in the downtown business district." Another major problem, he said, is "apathetic merchants." In the merchants survey, according to Melaniphy, "we found they were waiting for someone else to solve the according to a spokesman for the Hinton Rotary Club. The lied Cross are at the $mem Coanty Volunteer Fire Depalment on the by-pass lmn the Imal's of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mmlay Friday. Sunday 1:00 to 6:00 p.m, Yu rest c0ee in pmon to b MIS a interview. A al oM will be made at Illis lira kr a visit to yonr The Hinton High School band andThe Hinton High School hand Concord College band will be recently won honres in several band featured in the December 7th competitions. They took first place Downtown Hinton Christmas Parade with a Superior rating at Raleigh along with over 15 other entries County Marching Band Festival, second place during Concord College band Day competition and 3rd place at the Greenbrier East Classic. The Concord College band will be making its first appearance in a parade here in recent memory, Mr. Douglas Band Director, said. The ~parade will also feature about 15 floats and several other marching units. !am.. This Assistomm Is Far FEMA Emergency Office for Mlic assistance will be in Hinton Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday downsto in Memorial hiMinl h'om 9 a.m. to 6 Hot line 1-800-626-3142 Floats will be entered by the Summers County Continuous Care center, the Summers County Hospital, a joint entry by the Sum- mers County Chamber of Commerce and the Water Festival Committee, the City of Hinton, the Hinton Rotary Club, the First Christian Church, the Trinity Methodist Church- Youth Fellowship, Murphy Mart, 4-H Teen Leaders Association, Pipestom State Park, Pipestem Indians 4-H Club, Central Baptist Church, the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Masonic Fountain. Marching Units include the Hinton Junior Girl Scout Troop, the Sum- mers Mercer County Twirlers and the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council and a special unit with riding horses and others. The parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. sharp, and should last 45 minutes to an hour. Parade day is Saturday, Dec. 7th, on the downtown streets of Historic Hinton. Plan now to attend. The parade is a project of the Hinton Rotary Club. on its intake system. "We are working on getting one for them at this time and hope to install it this week." This is just a "precautionary step," Pack said. "The water is being tested daily and is safe, but we don't want to take any chances with one of these barrels leaking and getting into the public drinking Water." Approximately 180 drums are trapped on an island just below Alderson where the National Guard has been stationed for the past several days to keep people from getting on the sight and tampering with them. Many of the barrels are empty but some "definitely contain deadly chemicals," Steve Trail, county sanitarian said. "Just walking over the area we found barrels containing industrial acid, muriatic acid, fluorocarbons and many with chemicals we could not identify." A large number are empty, he said, but Trail pointed out, "If that many are on this island the potontial for them to litter the river all the way to Charleston exist." The Hazardous Waste Division of the Department of Natural Resourse is also monitoring the sight and making reports to the Charleston DNR office and the State Health Dept. Leroy Gilbert confirmed the presence of barrels containing acid. He also said some have soap, oil and several propane cylinders. "I'm more concerned with what is in the river than what is on the island. Mast of what is on the island is empty." problem. This type of attitude will result in continuous failure, decline, and ultimate blight. The merchants blame it on the landlord, the landlord or. the merchant, and everyone blames it on the City. Without team work and dedication to the goal, almost all efforts will be wasted." His plan to revitalize downtown is to establish a town market "since conventional retailing is not a possibility." Something that will generate "visitors to the area and residents of the City and County." An open air market, an auction market and a barter exchange were three suggestions that would bring new people to downtown Hinton. "We envision the possibility of Hinton becoming the auction center of the region," he said. '~rhis will only work with dynamic commitments. We can make all these recommendations till we are blue in the face. We could make a recommendation for more retailers. That won't work. -This will, but you have to have one person that will make it work." The recommendation is "hat a "Market Master" he designated. .One person to provide leadership, coordinato all activities, promoto activities and encourage additional participants." "You have got to begin selling HAnton," he continued. "You haven't been doing that. You have got to sell the idea if you come to this area and you don't see Hinton you have really missed something. It will start slow but by the end of'the 5th year sales in Hinton will double. Everyone will benefit not only in the downtown area C ontinu~d on ~ 8 Gilbert would not say that any of the drums contained toxic material but did say they were hazardous. He said clean up of the area "is the number one priority of the U. S. Environmental Protoction Agency." The E. P. A. began clean up operations Sunday. According to Jan Rogers, on-scene coordinator of the emergency response and control section, of Atlanta, Georgia, clean up should take about "one week" and disposal could take another "two or three weeks." Rogers, who has been with the E. P. A. for 11 years, said disposal will take some time because of the federal "regulations and controls." He said ff it takes longer they will move the barrels to another sight "away from the river." Rogers said Sunday they picked up "over 150 drums and placed them together on the island. He said, "146 were empty, the others were full or partially full. Only one was full." He said this week they will be digging into the debris looking for additional drums. "We also picked up about 360 drums below Ronceverte. Most of these were empty," Rogers added. For the next week in addition to cleaning up the island Rogers said The fund drive for a new safe emergency rescue truck ended this week with contributions far ex- ceeding the $5,000 originally sought in private funds. Contributions this week of $2,657 brought the total up to $6,576, sur- passing the goal by $1,576. County Commissioner Helen Hedrick deserves credit for the success of the fund drive. She worked extremely hard during the entire period and personally collected many contributions. She approached members of the County Board of Education, which resulted in their contribution of $2,500 last week. The cooperative work through State government and the combined efforts of county residents will make possible the purchase of a new emergency rescue vehicle for the Summers County Office of Emergency Services. Everyone is to he Congratulated for their team work during this important fund drive. Steve Pack, Director of Emergency Services, said the new t~uck is scheduled to he delivered here early next month. If it is here early enough it will he a unit in the Downtown Hinton Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th, he said. Pack said funds collected over the $21,995 needed to purchase the new rescue truck will he placed in the emergency equipment replacement fund and used as needed. He said some special equipment is needed at this time. Each member of the volunteer emergency rescue team is ecstatic over the success of the fund drive, and support from the people by, providing them with a safe reliable vehicle to aid them in their efforts to save lives in Summers County. CONTRIBUTORS THIS WEEK: Bryant RnsMm'd ~.0~ Nedra A. Martin $$.0@ PhilUp Alvin Lmy $21.00 Willinua H. IAmg $~0.00 they will take a helicopter and check the river to "make sure ttmreare no other large accumulations" and take a boat down the river to look for individual drums. He said if any of the drums did spill its contents into the river "none were extremely toxic. They tend to break down easily." Rogers said the contents of each drum will be checked by sending a sample to a "laboratory for analysis." This will take a few days before the results are known, he explained. "I really don't think we have much of an exposure problem." But Steve Pack said several drums have been removed from the island. "You just don't pick these 55 gallon drums up and walk off with them." He said people are dumping the contents in the river and removing the empty &rt~. "These people don't realize what they are doing. If these ba~'rels contain deadly chemicals they are endangering the people that live downstream." Pack said each drum needs to be checked to determine its contents. "The people that are taking them are endangering their own sa fety." A drum can be reported by calling the emergency service number 466- 2111 Summers Co. Bd. of Educ.$2,500 Roy Long $25.00 Frank Mann $11.00 Mfllie Meador $25.~0 Arthur House, (MD.) $20.00 Mrs. Tom Read $10.00 4,m 3,m 2,m