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.