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Martinsburg City Council briefs

August 18, 1998

Comment period returned to agenda

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg City Council meetings could run a little longer from now on, thanks to a council decision last Thursday night to return the council member comment period to the meeting agenda.

Councilman Glenville L. Twigg brought it up, saying removing the open comment period "some time ago" has proven problematic when something that needs to be talked comes up after the agenda is already set.

"For years and years and years it was on the agenda," said Twigg, who made a motion to put the comment period back on the agenda immediately.

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If it considered the idea, Councilman Donald T. Anderson said the council should try to limit the period. Before it was eliminated, the comment period occasionally ran longer than the regular meeting, he said.

Councilman Max G. Parkinson suggested it be limited to items that can't be taken care of through the city manager's office.

Phone system OK'd for fire department

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg City Council voted last Thursday night to buy the Martinsburg Fire Department a new telephone system.

The council unanimously approved a request for $2,955 to buy the system from McQuain Communicators.

The telephone system is basic, similar to the one used in the station since it was built in 1979, said Chief Phillip Martin.

It was time either to invest in fixing up the old system, which is leased, or to buy a new one, said Martin, who said it was probably more economical to buy.

The system has expansion capabilities that will make it easy to adapt to the coming computer-aided dispatch system and other technological upgrades, he said.

The system should be installed within the next few weeks, Martin said.

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