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From Keith Nelsen

July 24, 2012
Wetzel Chronicle

Hectic and proud. Amazing. Some adjectives that describe the past couple weeks in the wake of the derecho that caused widespread damage not often seen in our area.

First I must publicly thank the departments of the City of New Martinsville. The electric department under the very capable direction of David White assessed, orchestrated, and rebuilt the incoming power grid in record time. Early predictions of a week or more before power would be restored were completed in a little over three days! The involvement of the City of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Erb Electric in addition with help from Mon Power and the Town of St. Clairsville supplying needed electrical parts and untold others contributed to the overall success of the return to power in the affected areas controlled by the city. The street, water, police, fire, and additional employees from each sector of the city contributed above and beyond the scope of their given duties. Gary Willey, Pat Durant, Larry Couch, and Tim Cecil kept a vigil on all else that needed done. Streets were cleared, water kept flowing, and crime and emergency issues were monitored and addressed quickly and efficiently. Beverly Gibb, along with her staff, also made sure the Family Center was made available as needed. Additionally, the employees at City Hall fielded calls and kept the outside workers updated on concerns from citizens. Volunteers, retailers, churches, and citizens alike did or supplied whatever was asked with no hesitation or question. My job as mayor during the cleanup effort was made easy due to the commitment and abilities of a city blessed with employees who are the genuine article. I am personally proud of these people not only during this disaster but each and every day they get up and come to the job, and so should we all.

Keith Nelsen, mayor

New Martinsville



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