Marlinton undergoes major construction in 2009
The Marlinton town council noted several accomplishments in 2009, including progress on two major construction projects.ﾠﾠ
The Brush Country water project, completed in March, extended public water to hundreds of potential customers north of town. Due to the unexpected low number of hookups, the council voted in June to not proceed with a southern water extension to Buckeye and beyond.
The town received more than $1.4 million in economic stimulus funds for a major upgrade to its stormwater and sewer systems. Contractor Kanawha Stone began work in September and expected to complete the project in January 2010. After engineers discovered additional problems, the council decided to spend $272,000 to expand the project and fix the problems while the contractor was on-site. The project's major benefits will be removal of large amounts of stormwater from the town's sewage system and reduction of sewage overflow into the watershed.
Police Chief Lee Tinney resigned in January and the council debated whether to hire a new town officer or to contract with the Sheriff's Department or State Police.ﾠ In May, the council decided to hire a new town officer and to contract with the State Police for temporary coverage.
Town police officer Joshua Vaughan was sworn-in in September and is expected to complete academy training in April.
Councilmember Mark Jackson resigned in February and a special committee appointed retired school employee Louise Barnisky to fill the unexpired term in March.