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Salt Tankers Used To Pre-Treat Roads

WVDOT Reminds Drivers To Be Careful


The West Virginia Division of Highways would like to remind the traveling public that our crews are dedicated to keeping the roads in driving condition.  With snow in the forecast for many regions of West Virginia, workers have been pretreating roadways and preparing snow and ice removal equipment.

Many of our districts apply a mixture of WVDOH road salt and water to roadways to keep ice from forming. In District four, a DOH tanker truck has been used to apply the salt brine along parts of I-79, I-68 and U.S. 50. West Virginia State Police have received calls from drivers who were concerned that the tanker was dumping waste onto the highways.

The truck is clearly marked as a DOH vehicle (see attached pictured), but the large tanker is green and appears to be confusing drivers.  We will better label the tanker to clarify that the contents are an “Anti-Icing Liquid,” made up of WVDOH road salt and water.

Publisher's note: This is a news release courtesy of Carrie E. Jones-Bly, WVDOT.

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RESPONDENTS: Bancroft Needs A Dog Ordinance

More Than 77 Percent Favor A Three Dog Limit


PutnamLIVE.com reader survey respondents say Bancroft needs to kennel its dog problem.

Out of 237 voters, 183, which is 77.2 percent, say the tiny town should limit each residence to three dogs. But 54 respondents say "Keep your paws of my pooches. It's no one's business how many dogs I own."

Caught in the crossfire of this situation is Mayor George Woodrum who says the Town Council may decide to adopt an ordinance similar to Putnam County's, during its early February meeting.

"We are still looking things over," says Woodrum. 

In December, a packed house protested a new ordinance which Woodrum says is necessary due to stench and loud barking.

PutnamLIVE.com posted the non-scientific survey from Saturday, December 24th, 2011, until Tuesday, January 31st, 2012.

When Bancroft decides what to do about a dog ordinance, count on PutnamLIVE.com to publish a report so that you stay informed.

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Generator Fire Safety

Safety Advice From The West Virginia Fire Marshal


About 3,500 Americans die each year and around 18,300 are injured—in what are for the most part FIRES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. Many of these fires occur during the colder weather, when people are indoors more and power outages are more frequent.

Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed,

but they can be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using them are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electric shock or electrocution, and fire.

Here are some simple steps from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) that you can take to prevent loss of life and property resulting from improper use of portable generators.

Avoid Carbon Monoxide Hazards:

• Always use generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents.


• NEVER use generators in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, or other  enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation.


• Follow manufacturer's instructions.


• Install and maintain battery-operated or plug-in (with battery backup) carbon monoxide  alarms in your home, following manufacturer's instructions.



Avoid Electrical Hazards:

• Keep the generator—and your hands—dry. Operate on a dry surface under an open, canopy- like structure.


• Plug appliances directly into the generator or use a heavy-duty outdoor-rated extension cord. Make sure the extension cord is free of cuts or tears and the plug has all 3 prongs, especially a grounding pin.


• NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet. This practice, known as backfeeding, can cause a fatal electrocution risk to utility workers and others served by the same utility transformer.


• If necessary to connect a generator to house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install appropriate equipment. Or, your utility company may be able to install an appropriate transfer switch.


Avoid Fire Hazards:

• Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool. Fuel spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.


• Always store fuel outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass containers.


• Store fuel away from any fuel-burning appliance.

• If you must connect a generator to house wiring, have an electrician add the appropriate equipment. Your utility company may be able to put in an appropriate transfer switch as well.


Be Prepared For A Fire:

• One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to have working smoke alarms that can sound fast for both a fire that has flames, and a smoky fire that has fumes without flames. It is called a "Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm." Smoke alarms—     and especially residential fire sprinklers--greatly reduce your chances of dying

in a fire.


• Prepare an escape plan and practice it often. Make sure everyone in your family  knows at least two (2) escape routes from each room.


For more information on fire prevention, check out the following websites:

www.usfa.fema.gov www.nfpa.org www.homesafetycouncil.org www.homefiresprinkler.org

Publisher's note: This is a news release.

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Edwards "Low-Balls" Walmart Neighbors-Again

Makes Below-Value Offer For Commercial Property


He's asking for a deal.Scott D. Edwards

Such a deal!

Hurricane Mayor Scott D. Edwards is asking about buying out one of the Walmart neighbors for nearly $200,000 less than what their prime commercial property is listed for.

He's made this offer before-verbally, on a home that was appraised at $145,000 - before Walmart was built and the commercial location increased the value of the property.

Several years ago Edwards offered "pre-Walmart appraisal-plus 10-percent" then revealed in a city council meeting the number of $90,000. Even non-math majors know that $145,000 plus 10 percent is almost double $90,000.

The property won't be sold to Edwards - or anyone else - for $90,000. Realtor Duke Jordan has it listed for $279,000. 

The West Virginia Ethics Commission has already stated that Edwards' "low-ball" offer does not fall under its jurisdiction.

Government officials have a history of pulling similar stunts. They make a homeowner's life miserable with a project - then try to push them out with harassment and "low-ball" offers.

No one is saying Edwards is breaking a legal statute. Common decency is another question.

Here is what has been done to harass the Walmart neighbors in an apparent attempt to make them miserable enough to move:

  • Excessive construction noise, including at 4:23 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, for nearly two years
  • Burning trees near their homes to the point that they had to evacuate their homes before the WVDEP shut down the burning operation
  • Constant water outages or slow-water service during construction
  • Daily blasting on the construction site, rocking homes (One neighbor was in the middle of a high-risk pregnancy)
  • Electrical outages during construction
  • Citing a neighbor for weeds behind her home while Edwards' office had weeds and still has unsightly conditions
  • Holding an (uncashed) tax check at the Putnam County office for months past the time it was due and had been paid. Action was about to be taken against the homeowner (when it was proved the check was in the county's possession for months. 
  • Falsely arresting the Publisher of PutnamLIVE.com when he discovered a blaster was not licensed. The blaster was cited-but not prosecuted
  • The City of Hurricane refused to enforce its noise ordinance during Walmart's construction-then had it thrown out in court
  • Edwards refuses to use his authority to force Walmart to install sound walls and trees, (to protect the neighbors from excessive traffic noise) even though this is done at Walmarts elsewhere
  • Hurricane Police does not enforce speeding, stop signs, and other traffic violations in front of the Walmart neighbor's homes

The neighbors want to sell to commercial buyers to create jobs and revenue for Putnam County. However, their listing was removed from the City of Hurricane's development sites web page. No one understands why Edwards would not support the sale and development for jobs and revenue.

Related article:

Walmart Neighbors Want Out Of Mess 

Publisher's note: The Walmart neighbor's home that is discussed in this article is owned  by the wife of the publisher of PutnamLIVE.com.

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Smartphone Apps Make Energy Savings Easy

Power Is In The Palm Of Your Hand


Smartphones are Web-enabled mobile phones that have the ability to download and run various applications or apps. Quickly growing in popularity, a recent survey conducted by CTIA (an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984) estimates that there are 96 million smartphones in use in the United States; an astonishing increase of 57% more than the year before. (CTIA 2011) Most industry experts expect this trend to continue.

While your phone charger is hardly the biggest energy user in your home, it does cost you money to keep your smartphone charged. Since your smartphone uses energy, why not use your smartphone to help make your home more energy efficient? The apps that follow can help you do just that at little or no cost to you.

People Power helps you manage your home energy use. It connects with power monitoring devices that allow you to view your past, current, and projected energy costs. You can compare your energy use against statistical averages; take an energy quiz, view energy-saving recommendations; and access links to online stores to find deals on energy-efficient products. In addition, a social media feature allows you to compare your energy use with Facebook friends and exchange energy-saving ideas.

Green Outlet calculates how much energy your household appliances and equipment are using, which can help you make more informed decisions about managing your energy costs. Select from a list of devices, enter the hours of use, and receive estimates of how much energy those appliances use each month, along with your carbon footprint. You will even be alerted when you have exceeded your recommended carbon usage, based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

Light Bulb Finder will help you in switching from conventional bulbs to more energy-efficient alternatives that have the fit, style, and light quality that you are looking for. See images of each bulb type, and compare cost, savings, and environmental impact.

MeterRead helps you read your electric meter and track your energy consumption. The app makes use of the internal clock on the smartphone and provides a variety of meter types to choose from. Match yours and read the meter. The app will show you how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power you have used since the last reading. Use the app to predict your utility bill and track the positive impact of energy-saving changes, such as energy-efficient light bulbs.

SunFinder estimates the amount of energy you can expect to draw from the sun, as well as the best location to install a solar panel. The app database includes climate data for hundreds of locations in the U.S. Position your smartphone as if it were a solar panel and SunFinder will display your GPS location as well as calculate the yearly solar radiation and expected annual solar power production.

With these and other energy-saving apps, your smartphone can help you save energy in your home and live a more sustainable lifestyle, no matter where you are.

Publisher's note: This is a news release courtesy of AEP and www.Defense.gov

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