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Commission OKs pool bond

December 12, 1997

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - "I see this as the best Christmas present the county of Berkeley could have this year," Berkeley County Commission President James Smith said after the commission approved a $400,000 bond issue to help renovate the pool at War Memorial Park.

"It's probably the largest amount of money ever spent on recreation by the city and county," Commissioner Robert L. Burkhart said of the $1 million project for the pool, which has been closed for the past two summers.

In addition to the bond issue, the county is putting in another $100,000 from an estate donation that was earmarked for parks and recreation. Martinsburg contributed the other $500,000 and the pool is supposed to reopen by July 4, 1998, Smith said.

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Thursday night the City Council approved an ordinance conveying 10 acres of the park, including the pool area, to the City of Martinsburg-Berkeley County Building Commission. According to bond council member Cam Seigrist, the county will convey the Faulkner and Poorhouse Farm parks to the building commission.

In the case of a default on the bond, the county properties would be sold first to satisfy the debt, but Seigrist said the properties are worth more than of the bond.

He also said operating revenues from the pool and other recreational facilities should be enough to service the debt.

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