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Blairton Community seeks resolution over water service

January 22, 2000|By BRENDAN KIRBY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The attorney who represents the Berkeley County Public Service District said Friday there was never a deal to provide water service to about 40 homes in the Blairton Community east of Martinsburg.

Berkeley County Commissioners expressed frustration Thursday over the delay in implementing what they thought was an agreement by the water district to assume responsibility for the Blairton homes, which are served by a private company that wants to get out of the water business.

Clarence E. "CEM" Martin, the attorney who represents the Berkeley County Public Service District, said he has negotiated with residents and officials from Riverton Corp., which owns the land on which he houses sit and which supplies water now.

"We're all trying to work as quickly as we can, because we recognize the urgency," he said.

Berkeley County Commissioners D. Wayne Dunham and Robert L. Burkhart voted Thursday to urge a resolution by next Thursday's commission meeting.

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Martin said negotiators are considering an alternative way to provide water to the homes that would cost much less. He declined to say what the alternate method is or how long it will take to reach a settlement.

But he said he must look out of the interests of the Berkeley County Public Service District and its rate payers.

"Whatever we ultimately do has to be agreed to by everyone," he said.

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