By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It won't lead to freighters coursing up and down the Potomac River, but the Berkeley County Commission Thursday was asked to consider signing on to an intergovernmental agreement that could create a port authority in the Eastern Panhandle.
"What we're talking about is rail and airport transportation in this area," Clarence E. "CEM" Martin III said Wednesday, the day before presenting his proposal to the commission. Martin, chairman of the Greater Eastern Panhandle Chamber Committee, and Ken Green, executive director of the Eastern Panhandle Region 9 Planning and Development Council, outlined a proposal for a feasibility study.
"This is just the start of the process," Martin said Wednesday, noting the draft of the intergovernmental agreement also needs to be presented to the Martinsburg City Council, the West Virginia Eastern Regional Airport Authority and the Berkeley County Development Authority.