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Berkeley County Commission plans monthly night meetings

January 05, 2001

Berkeley County Commission plans monthly night meetings



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission agreed Thursday to hold one regular weekly a meeting a month during the evening.

"My hope is that the Commission will provide working people who during the course of the day can't get here an opportunity to come" and watch the Commission, said Commissioner Howard Strauss, who just took office and pledged to seek night meetings as part of his campaign.

He also said members of the many boards and commissions that work for the county could come at night and give the commissioners updates on their activities.

Commissioner Robert Burkhart went along with the idea, but said he wants to make sure productive work is done, especially since support staff will be paid overtime to attend.

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"I don't want it to be just a gripe session," Burkhart said. "I'm not willing to just be a target all the time."

He also said commissioners tried opening the courthouse on Saturday at one time and nobody came.

"Maybe it's like that sports movie, if you build it they will come," Strauss said.

"This is not a sporting event," Burkhart said.

"We'll make sure there are enough contentious items on the agenda to make sure they come in," Strauss said.

"The public pays our paychecks and we have a responsibility to listen to their concerns," he said.

A night meeting will be held the first Thursday of each month. The first one will begin at 7 p.m. March 1.

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