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Public hearing set for local grant proposals

August 20, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Proponents and opponents will be able to voice their opinions about local and state economic development proposals competing for grant money during a public hearing set for Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn, a state tax official said.

Local projects still being considered for $130 million being doled out by the state Economic Development Grant Committee are: $15 million the Jefferson County Board of Education requested to build a second high school; $6.8 million needed to restore the roundhouse complex and surrounding areas in Martinsburg; $5.8 million needed to build a 308-acre business park along W.Va. 9 on the Berkeley/Jefferson county line; $1 million needed to build a terminal at Eastern Regional Airport; and $280,000 PROSystems Inc. requested for a new manufacturing facility in Jefferson County.

Members of the public will have to sign up before speaking, and the time they are allowed to comment depends on how many people ask to speak, said Chris Morris, special assistant to Tax and Revenue Secretary Brian Kastick, who chairs the grant committee.

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"This is an opportunity for people to show support and opposition," Morris said.

"A number of people" from the grant committee will attend the hearing, Morris said.

Along with speaking out on local projects, those who attend can also share their opinions on other projects from around the state that are still being considered, including projects in nearby Hardy and Hampshire counties.

Nearly 200 proposals from around the state were submitted for review.

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