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Litter meeting set in Berkeley County

April 26, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Commissioner John Wright said Thursday the county needs to get "bitter on litter.

Wright said he hopes a committee created by a county resident to deal with the problem will come up with some "new, creative and innovative ways" to deal with it.

Commission President Howard Strauss said the committee spearheaded by Bill Stubblefield, who is a member of the Berkeley County Public Service District, will hold its first meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at the water district offices, 71 Monroe St.

Stubblefield has asked a number of county, state and federal organizations to participate and join the committee.

He talked to the commission two weeks ago to request the commission's endorsement of the committee.

Stubblefield said he wants to take a multidisciplinary approach to the problem and come up with some long-term solutions.

On Thursday, Wright said a bounty should be placed on people who litter, and the county should offer a reward to people who turn in those who litter.

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"Beer cans, Styrofoam cups, dangling plastic bags that go from bush to tree and hang there fluttering in the air ... It's most despicable to see that," he said.

Stubblefield said the committee, made up of representatives from about 13 organizations and agencies and other independent community members, probably will form a smaller group to work for the larger group and implement the plans and initiatives created.

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