RED Partnership, Mound Power Work Well Together

Moundsville Power first arrived on the local scene some 18 months ago when company officials contacted the Regional Economic Development Partnership, which is a private, non-profit economic development organization serving Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties.

RED works to create business opportunities in the Ohio Valley by assisting with business expansions and relocations and encouraging business start-ups. The majority of the firms which contact RED are looking for sites for their business.

However, this was not the case with Moundsville Power, as apparently the start-up had been in prior contact with Honeywell International, the owner of the former Solvay property just north of Washington Lands.

At that time, officials of Moundsville Power expressed the willingness to build its facility at this site if other details could be worked out. One of these issues was dealing with taxation.

So instead of looking for a site for Moundsville Power, RED officials arranged a meeting with state officials, including the state tax department.

Some three months later, talks began with the Marshall County Commission and others, and four months ago Moundsville Power Chief Financial Officer Andrew Dorn met with residents of Washington Lands and officials at the Moundsville Country Club to explain the proposed firm’s operation.

As to the 37-acre site on which Moundsville Power plans to construct its $615 million natural gas electricity generating plant, it was originally a part of the 420 acre Hanlin-Allied-Olin chemical manufacturing complex owned and operated by Allied Chemical.

Solvay, a division of Allied Chemical, began operation in December 1953, while in 1955, National Aniline, also a division of Allied Chemical, started operations. These two facilities were also known as the South and North plants.

Allied sold the southern portion (Solvay), which consisted of 221 acres, to LCP Chemicals, which later underwent a name change to Hanlin Chemicals. Hanlin ceased total operations in 1991.

As to the National Aniline Division of Allied Chemicals, in 1981, Allied sold that portion, consisting of 146 acres to Olin Corporation. Allied retained the northwest portion of the site, 53 acres referred to as Allied Park, on which acreage Moundsville Power is scheduled to be constructed.

Contamination of the sites resulted in Honeywell, the then-owner of the property, assuming responsibility for cleanup of the Hanlin and Allied Park portions of the Site along with a share of the responsibility for the Olin portion of the property.

Friday was the final day of full-time employment for Dr. James S. Wilson. The Glen Dale resident practiced dentistry in the city for the past 43 years.

In a letter to his patients and friends, he said it was a very difficult decision to retire, and this would be the first time in 60 years that he would not have some sort of a job, starting with a paper route at the age of 12, a soda jerk in high school, waiting tables and working at Wheeling Steel through eight years of college. Following college he was in the military for three years, where he provided dental care.

Wilson plans to travel with his wife, Ann, and of course, to play a few more rounds of golf.

Wilson served 24 years on the Marshall County Board of Education, serving as president for a number of years. He also served as president of the West Virginia School Board Association. He is a longtime member of the Moundsville Country Club board. He was a member of the WVU Alumni Association four years, including one year as president.

Dr. Brian Rockey will assume Dr. Wilson’s practice Aug. 23. Rockey grew up in the area and graduated from John Marshall High School and received his dental degree from WVU, after which he spent 13 years in a group practice.

Wilson plans to be in the office on a very limited basis to complete any treatment that is currently underway.

Plans for the annual Dan Dague Memorial Car & Bike Show for Sight are being finalized, with co-chair Eva Dague noting that additional Lions Club members are still needed to assist at different functions the day of the event, and that more items for the auction are needed.

The event will take place Sept. 1 at the Highlands.

The event was started as a mission of the late Dan Dague, and is now co-chaired by his widow, and Jeff Baxter, both past district governors.

Last year, more than 400 persons registered their vehicles and through registration fees, an auction and other activities connected to the event, the committee was able to donate $11,000 to the West Virginia Lions Sight Foundation which provides numerous free eye surgeries, special equipment, eye screening and hearing aids to needy West Virginians with either limited or no insurance coverage. The Foundation, a non-profit organization, has been able to provide more than $1 million of services over the past few years.

Two years ago the Dan Dague Memorial Car & Bike Show met a goal which enabled the purchasing of eye screening equipment which is able to test youngsters 6 months and older for possible eye diseases and possible eye related problems.

Wellspring Pregnancy Center of Cadiz will be opening a new center in Moundsville with an open house to be held from noon until 4 p.m. on Sept. 6. The center is located at 1315 Center St., just across the alley from the Ash Avenue Church of God.

The Center will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The annual March for Mutts Walk, sponsored by the Marshall County Animal Rescue League, will be held Sept. 27 at the Sam Shaw Walking Trail at Valley Fork Park, Moundsville. Registration will be at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10:30 a.m.

Registration forms can be picked up at Happy Tails in McMechen, the animal shelter or at local veterinarians. Proof of rabies vaccination is required for all dogs to participate.

In addition to the walk, there will be games, an auction and concessions.

The animal rescue league was founded in 1977 to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of animal suffering, the extension of humane education, to provide humane care and treatment of animals needing protection in the county, and to return animals to their owners.

The MCARL relies on the support of residents to keep and expand programs.

Reservations are being accepted for the 10th annual John Marshall High School Wall of Fame to be held Oct. 4 at the Moundsville Country Club.

This year’s inductions of three individuals will bring the number who will have been inducted to 36. Reservations can be made by contacting WOF chairman Joe Komorowski.