Marshall County will launch its annual cleanup, paint-up, fix-up campaign Tuesday at the 39th annual Operation Pride Program.
There will be several state speakers in conjunction with the dinner event including Randy Huffman, cabinet secretary for the state Department of Environmental Protection; Mark Holstine, executive director of the state Solid Waste Management Board; Art Cantrell, an official with Caiman Energy; Danny Haught, chief of the DEP's REAP program; and state Senate President Jeff Kessler.
Others on the program will include Howard Coffield, master of ceremonies; county commission President Jason "Jake" Padlow, who will read the Operation Pride proclamation; Rodney Hubbs who will give the invocation and county Commissioners Don Mason and Brian Schambach, the latter to announce the Volunteer of the Year award.
The welcome will be given by Alice Jo Buzzard, a member of the state SWMB.
Huffman has been with the DEP for nearly 25 years, having worked in the Abandoned Mine Lands Program, the Division of Water and Waste Management, the Office of Administration, the Mining Division.
For most of the past 14 years he has also served in various capacities on the Executive Staff.
He is a colonel and serves as the Support Group Commander in the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston.
Also taking part will be the mayors of the five municipalities in the county who will sign the proclamation along with the county commissioners.
The Operation Pride theme this year is, "Ordinary People Doing Extra Ordinary Things."
The dinner is being co-sponsored by the county commission and the county solid waste authority, of which Coffield is the executive director.
Of course, the Operation Pride event kicks off Marshall County's cleanup effort which will include 14 free Dumpster sites over a seven-week period; a tire recycling and a electronic recycling day; a hazardous waste clean-up; and participation in the annual River Sweep.
The date for the Dumpsters to be in Sherrard has been changed from May 5 to April 21.
Acknowledgments at the event will be made to public and private agencies, individuals, clubs, associations, youth groups, business organizations, members of volunteer fire departments and all citizens and property owners for their dedicated work, time and effort for making Operation Pride a success.
The county commission recently got the jump on making improvements by having new windows installed at the courthouse, this undertaking will make the building not only more energy efficient but more attractive.
While on the subject of cleanup, I attended a meeting Tuesday dealing with the Fostoria Glass site as I hadn't heard of any meetings since the city of Moundsville Building Commission deeded the property to G.A.B. Enterprise several months ago.
Tuesday's meeting was described as a "Fostoria Redevelopment Working Group" to be comprised of interested individuals from the city, organizations and the general public. While Councilman David Wood chaired the meeting, the agenda was prepared by Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfield Assistance Center. The city obtained a Brownfield grant toward the cleanup of the property.
Kirby said the purpose of the group will be to engage stakeholders group/constituency to identify considerations related to the project and prioritize areas of focus in which the group would like to have impact.
When a Fostoria Steering Committee was formed 11 years ago, the main concern was to have the buildings on the site razed and all debris removed, and once this was done to attract businesses to the 7-acre tract.
At Tuesday's meeting there were suggestions of a park, a hotel, a restaurant, residential and/or condominium housing and light industry for the site.
Kirby informed those in attendance that the property owner, G.A.B. Enterprises, can utilize the site for any purpose if it meets the zoned restrictions.
Tom Brown, vice president of G.A.B., revealed that a building that was originally planned as an Artisan Center had been recently removed.
The only structure still on the site is the former shipping building.
He did promise that things will get progressively better every week at the site, and is looking forward to receiving a certificate of convenience for the property from the DEP.
Continuing on with cleanup events, Grand Vue Park will be participating in the Statewide Make It Shine program from 1-3 p.m. Saturday-a series of events associated with the state Department of Environmental Protection's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan.
The clean up effort at GVP will begin at the Park's Barn, and will include areas of the Park and the roadways to the Park.
Those wishing to volunteer to do clean-up are asked to call the park at 304-845-9810, ext. 402, or register at www.grandvuepark.com by Thursday.
Good news for Cameron area residents. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony for a Cameron cell phone tower at 10 a.m. Thursday. The tower, expected to be in service in a couple months, will be built on Cameron Ridge.
Since parking at the site is limited, shuttle service will be provided from Cameron City Hall at 9:45 a.m.
There will be a luncheon immediately following the ceremony at the Cameron Fire Hall.
The cell tower has been in the discussion stage for a number of years and is being constructed through the efforts of the Marshall County Commission, AT&T and Consol Energy.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Betsy Frohnapfel at 304-845-0482 or bfrohnapfel@marshallcountywv. org.
A Variety Show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Strand Theatre, among the performers will be Dale Samson, Jim Hartel and Sue Petit.