Tri-state briefs for 5-3

May 03, 2002

Brickwork to begin on Roundhouse complex

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A major section of phase one in the restoration of the Berkeley County Roundhouse complex will be masonry restoration to be done by a Pittsburgh company for $366,000, architects with Grove and Dall'olio said.

Architect Tim Yates said Wilson Restoration will be in charge of repairing all the brick work, taking out damaged brick and replacing it and cleaning up the masonry on the three main buildings, which are the Bridge and Machine Shop, Frog and Switch Shop and the Roundhouse.

Grove and Dall'olio are in charge of preparing all bid documents for projects and monitoring the work of contractors. The Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority is overseeing renovations and the future use of the building.

The Roundhouse complex is about 136-years old and is a former factory that made railroad tracks and other railroad products, and maintained steam locomotives.


It was shut down about 14 years ago.

The third major project in phase one is the restoration and/or replacement of the doors and windows.

The authority relies on state and federal grants for the funding of the restoration projects.

Decision tabled on proposed fee increases

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Representatives of the Berkeley County Homebuilders Association and the Berkeley County Planning Commission and Engineering Department had hoped to hear a decision regarding the proposed planning commission fee increases at the Thursday Berkeley County Commission meeting, but County Commissioner John Wright asked that the issue be tabled for the fourth week.

Commission President Howard Strauss was in favor of approving the increases and spoke on behalf of Commissioner Robert Burkhart, who is also in favor of the increases. Burkhart has been unable to attend meetings since suffering a minor stroke last month.

The revenue gained from the increases will go toward the hiring of an engineer.

Wright, who has previously tabled the issue because of the absence of Burkhart, now wants to make sure the planning commission is properly represented according to state code before an engineer is hired.

Federal money secured for Greene Twp. sewer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Congressman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has announced he secured $625,000 for a sewer extension project in Greene Township, Pa.

The money will get the town started on a project to extend sewer service to approximately 108 buildings. The sewage effluent from these houses, approximately 21,000 gallons per day, will be collected and treated by the Chambersburg Sewage Treatment Plant.

"Approximately 350 people will now have sewer service as a result of this grant," Shuster said.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission approved a 10-year contract with cable company Adelphia.

The contract became effective Thursday.

Adelphia bought the former cable provider, GS Communications, a year ago.

Adelphia extended the old contract with GS until the new one was signed.

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