The Parsons Advocate

See hyperloop page 6A Volume 125 No. 52 Wednesday, December 23, 2020 75 cents (tax incl.) See re-open page 6A See tcswa page 8A Hyperloop Presentation Given to Commissioners By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Kelsey Kirby, the W.Va. coordinator for the Virgin Hyperloop Project attended the Tucker County Commission meeting to share her excitement about the project to come. “In the last days, I think there were four or five super competitive cases that they were deciding between, and I can tell you the team that was working on this was sweating bullets, just dying to know if per- haps we were going to win. Over the course of the year, at first, it was kind of a long shot, and as we went through these phases we found more and more people in the state, more partners, and really strong ways that there was good overlap between what Hyperloop was trying to do and what our state knows how to do,” said Kirby. The Hyperloop board decided to go with W.Va. for their project and then two weeks later, October 8, is when the announcement was made publicly. Kirby then shifted from being with West Virginia University to working with Vir - gin Hyperloop as the only state resident as an employee thus far. Her goal is to be receptive and learn from the locals what is most important to the community and how they can be helpful as a positive part of the region. “Virgin Hyperloop really is in the very early stages of planning, so there are a lot of unknowns because those plans are still being made,” said Kirby. Commis- sion President Lowell Moore asked if an estimated timeframe of construction could Wellness 24 and Community Center Re-Opens; Masks Strictly Enforced By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate The Parsons City Council met via a virtual platform to maintain social dis - tancing and adhere to safety guidelines as a result of the Coronavirus. Parsons City Councilman and Parks and Recre- ation Board Member Tim Auvil brought forth matters about the PRC. The board voted to reopen Wellness 24 and the Par - sons Community Center, though masks will be required and will be strictly enforced. Any non-compliance could result in forfeiture of membership or bar- ring from the facilities. A grant for the Corrick’s Ford Battle- field was received for $150,000, which Auvil stated a $30,000 match is required of the city. He confirmed that the request from the P& R for the Harman Fund allo- cation in March will include the $30,000 to go towards this project. Included in the purchases for the project will be machinery to maintain the grounds and conduit which will be running around the trail in preparation for future lighting of the trail. The council hopes to bring back the battle reenactment once the grounds are groomed appropriately. Tygart Valley Conservation District will be installing the piers in the Pulp Mill Bottom pond, however, they rec - ommend not utilizing the donated arch bridge and to rather use all pressure- treated lumber. The goal is to use the arch bridge elsewhere, potentially over the Mill Race Park slew. Auvil stated as TVCD prepares to pour the concrete piers; the pond will need to be drained again. Three members of the P& R were up for renewal by the board, which was Tim Turner, Chris Davis, and Janice McDan - iel. Jones made a motion to renew the members for another five-year term with Auvil offering a second and all in favor. “The only other item we were consid- ering that was on the agenda was what we were going to be asking for come March,” said Auvil. “Having the addi - tional maintenance on the pond and Cor- rick’s Ford and the additional mowing, we’re going to have to hire somebody else to do some mowing,” he added, “So just be prepared for that.” The Commu- nity Center foundation concerns were briefly mentioned with concerns of the wooden foundation being destroyed by termites and the need for workspace at the garage for the workers. Mayor Dorothy Judy addressed the guests which consisted of Tom Hodges and Ryan Frazier with Viasat, Inc. The company has expressed interest in leas- ing a small lot of property at the Public Works Facility. Hodges explained that while they are separate from the Zayo Group, they do tend to follow their projects. They are requesting a 700 square foot area, a 25x28 space, near a Zayo fiber optic splice point. The area will be graveled and outdoor equipment will be set up along with a nine-foot pole with a three- foot radius satellite dish atop. The coun- cil agreed to continue negotiation with Viasat and the lease will go to a public hearing at the next meeting. Eleni Brick from Thrasher Engineer- ing was also present to tell the council that progress on the Kingsford Sewage Extension Project has remained stagnant Even though the 2020 Anual Christmas Parade had to be canceled due to COVID- 19, the City Employees have worked diligently to bring the Christmas spirit to the area with banners, lights, and decorations. TCSWA Provided Promising Financial Overview By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Mark Joseph, Certified Pub - lic Accountant, offered valuable data and projections to the Tucker County Solid Waste Authority as it pertains to the Tucker County Landfill. Joseph was the CPA who worked with the landfill on their rate case with the Public Service Commission making him familiar with the operations of the facility. “I think it’s impor- tant to have him help guide us as we move forward,” said acting SWA Chair Mark Holstine. “You can see the income on the year to date basis is up $1,109,375.12 to $1,252,020.85, that’s about a 13% increase from the prior year to date,” explained Joseph. A lot of the income is contributed to the rate increase that took place earlier this year, along with a reduced expense of employment. Joseph directed the attention to a graph that compared the ton- nage received each month, each ending on November 30 in 2019 and 2020. Up until September of 2020, each month in 2019 showed a higher intake of waste when it shifted to 2020 provid - ing more in September, nearly even in October, and again higher this November. When looked at numerically, on the same year to date basis the landfill is experi - encing a 6.24% decrease in ton - nage. The current ratio analysis sheet offered a breakdown of current assets and liabilities involved with the landfill. “What this cur - rent ratio actually measures for is our ability to meet short term financial obligations, that’s our ability to pay the vendors that we’re doing business with, it’s the ability to pay payroll and the payroll taxes,” said Joseph, with the goal to be at 1.0 or higher. As of October 31, 2020, the current ratio without the escrow is 4.1 and with that account, it is 1.40. Projected purchases were listed which included two water tankers, a compactor, two trucks, a bulldozer, and cell overlays and construction totaling over $2 mil - lion. Between September and November, $566,235 was spent on the purchase of an excava - tor and two trucks needed at the landfill. Holstine confirmed, “We are moving in a positive direction.” He thanked the board for their assistance and oversight, though noted a lot more work is needed, “Especially in terms of compli- ance with the permit.” Vice President Dennis Filler made a motion to approve the agenda with a minor correction with a second from Board Mem- ber James Alford and all in favor. Being there was not a meet- ing in November, there were two sets of board reports that Tucker County Landfill Office Man - ager Carol Helmick presented. October tonnage amounts were 5,726.61 tons with November totaling 5,218.27 ton, which is collectively slightly higher than the tonnage from the last fiscal year. In October, there were 473,265 gallons of leachate hauled and 531,509 gallons in Novem - ber, bringing the fiscal year total to over two million gal - lons. Helmick explained that the financials are being entered into the system slightly differ - ent, and stated, “So on the aged receivables for October, we had $294,049.27, and out of that, $16,212.89 was not collected by the end of November.” The board reviewed the check regis - ter and the Fifth Third bill and acknowledged receivable. Holstine moved into the direc - tor’s report, stating, “We did receive approval on the new cell today.” Work began in that new cell shortly after the approval was announced which will assist in haulers not having to trek up the hill during the winter months. “I’m really pleased with where we’re at,” he said. JodyAlderman, Tucker County Landfill Director, announced that a deal was made to purchase a new Kenworth road tractor in November to haul leachate and a duplicate of that truck was ordered and expected to arrive in March. A new F-250 pickup was also ordered but will not arrive for a few months. All were pur- chased through the state contract. The new dozer has yet to be received and is expected to arrive within the coming week. The compactor has significant wear on the articulated bear- ing and while still functional, it is unknown how long it will remain operable. Repair costs of that bearing mechanism can run between $25-30,000, therefore options are being sought on the potential of purchasing a new compactor. Anew model of com- pactor is being considered with tentative dates on the calendar to visit a landfill using one of the new models to ensure it would be efficient for the landfill. Nathan Walter from Sunrise Sanitation who took over Pres - ton Sanitation participated in the meeting and spoke to the SWA about the account owed to the The TCSWA was pleased to receive a financial breakdown and projection from CPA Mark Joseph at their most recent meeting that took place via teleconference due to Covid-19. This week’s photo was submitted by Bret Rosenblum Frosty isn’t taking any chances!!