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Grant money doled out in Berkeley County

June 18, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The cost of street signs for Berkeley County's address conversion will be a bit cheaper for residents in subdivisions or on private roads because of a grant authorized Wednesday by the West Virginia Legislature in Charleston.

More than a dozen Berkeley County agencies will benefit from more than $150,000 in grants.

About $94,000 in Community Partnership grants will flow through the Berkeley County Commission. The rest came from other funding sources, said Del. Vicki Douglas, D-Berkeley, who announced the awards Thursday.

Berkeley County Central Dispatch and the War Memorial Aquatic Center received the largest amounts - $25,000 each - of the 13 agencies.

"What this grant was specifically designed for was to assist with defraying the cost of the signs to the people who live on private roads and subdivisions," said 911 Director Mary Kackley. "My idea is that we would combine that with money we have budgeted."

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Public road signs are paid for by the county, but private road signs or street signs in subdivisions are the responsibility of the subdivision's homeowner association or the residents.

Kackley said the exact number of streets and costs have not been determined, but she estimated 900 roads are public and 700 are private.

Central Dispatch has budgeted $115,000 for the purchase and installation of the signs. Kackley estimates materials and installation could cost roughly $180,000. The address conversion is expected to be completed by late this year.

War Memorial Park will put the grant toward a hydraulic lift to accommodate wheelchair users in the new competitive lap pool.

"You design any new facility from the get-go to make it ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible, but we've been trying to add even more features to make it more accessible," said Steve Catlett, director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board.

The aquatic center also has a handicapped-accessible dressing room and a gently sloping therapeutic pool.

Other grant recipients are:




HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> The Shenandoah Women's Center: $22,000 for additional staff.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Berkeley County Fire Service Board: $20,000 for repaving fire entrance ramps.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> P.O. Faulkner Park: $10,000 for replacement fencing.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Community Partnership: $10,000 for expansion of its alcohol- and substance-abuse program.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Charlotte Prather Softball: $3,000 to construct a grandstand.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Berkeley County Crime Solvers: $1,000 for education.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Sumner Ramer Heritage Archives: $3,000 for museum maintenance and peer programs.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Berkeley Senior Services: $20,000 for equipment.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Apollo Civic Theatre: $2,000.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Wine Festival: $4,000.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Berkeley County Youth Fair: $8,500.

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