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Berkeley County Commission OKs trolley purchase

July 12, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - After working out the final details, the Berkeley County Commission voted Thursday to spend about $130,000 from a federal grant on a trolley.

Colonial Equipment Co. of Frederick, Md., is selling the trolley - a demonstration model with removable side panels - to the county for $124,960.

The county is also buying 15 cloth fabric seat bottoms for $75 each, two lighted destination signs for $1,050 each and two wheelchair securement systems for $330 each.

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The total cost of the options is $3,885, bringing the overall price to $128,845.

That leaves the county with extra money to buy location names to put on the destination signs, at a price of $18 per name.

"We'll purchase as many as the grant will allow," County Administrator Deborah Hammond said.

The commissioners approved the purchase 2-0. Commissioner Robert Burkhart did not attend the meeting.

Commission President Howard Strauss pushed for the trolley to be delivered as soon as possible so it could be used during Roundhouse Rail Days, an annual celebration at Martinsburg's B&O Roundhouse complex July 20.

Strauss suggested putting a down payment and taking possession of the trolley right away while the county waits for the grant money to be passed along.

However, Lisa Dall'Olio of Grove & Dall'Olio Architects, who worked on the purchase, said getting the trolley ready and running so quickly is unlikely.

The county has several details to work out involving the trolley, such as insurance and operations, she told Strauss.

Previously, the commission had discussed owning the trolley but letting PanTran, the Eastern Panhandle transit system, operate it.

The county commission received three bids for the trolley purchase.

Colonial Equipment offered the county a new trolley for about $135,000, and Trolley Enterprises in Florida offered a new one for about $128,400.

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