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Berkeley County committee to discuss judicial center

April 02, 2001

Berkeley County committee to discuss judicial center



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 27-member committee appointed to study the possibility of a new Judicial Center in Berkeley County will meet for the first time April 19.

The Berkeley County Commission appointed the committee members two months ago.

The date for the first meeting was set by the commission last week. The committee membership includes many public elected and appointed officials and some citizens. The committee, and the subcommittees it is expected to form, will study whether to combine some judicial functions into a new judicial building, probably on King Street across from the courthouse. They will discuss the details of how to build such a facility, if one is to be constructed.

The first meeting will be held at 2 p.m. as part of the commission's regular meeting day schedule.

The commission also is working to set up the first meeting next month of an advisory committee it appointed that will study what should be included in a new cable television franchise agreement the county will negotiate with Adelphia, which provides cable TV services.

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The meeting will be either April 4 or April 11, commissioners said.

The commission will hold an unusual public session April 17 to discuss the property tax levy rate that will support the 2001-2002 county budget. Commissioners said they believe it is important the public understand what goes into setting the rate that provides the bulk of the money for county government functions.

The meeting will not be a public hearing, but citizens will be allowed to make comments after the information is presented. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 119 W. King St.

The commission also will hold its second regular night meeting April 5. It will discuss solid waste concerns and a feasibility study about providing public sewer services to north Berkeley County.

That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 119 W. King St.

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