Berkeley County Commission briefs 10/10

October 11, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

Changes are approved to county's handbook

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission approved two changes to the county handbook Thursday morning, both dealing with pay.

From now on, any extra hours an employee works must be paid for in overtime, rather than compensatory time. All overtime must be approval beforehand by the employee's supervisor.

Also, holiday pay is two times the normal pay, not time-and-a-half, said Norwood Bentley III, county legal counsel.

Commission rejects Dunn renovation bids

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday rejected all of the bids received to renovate the Dunn Building - a portion of the former Blue Ridge Outlet Center.

Even the lowest bid was outside of the county's budget, Commission President Howard Strauss said.

The Dunn Building will be converted into the new home for the Shepherd College Community and Technical College. Its current site, another former outlet building across the street, will be turned into the county's judicial center.


The lowest base bid for the Dunn Building project was $641,000, which did not include electrical work. The next lowest, which did include the electrical work, was $770,000.

Strauss, when he places the call for new bids, said he will increase the amount of time allowed for construction, which should bring down the cost.

He said he hopes to have much of the project completed by the end of April 2003, rather than January.

Commissioners briefed on festival security

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Saying the sniper attacks are happening closer to home, Berkeley County Commission President Howard Strauss asked the sheriff Thursday how he intends to keep residents safe during the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival.

Sheriff Randy Smith said that in addition to personnel from the Martinsburg Police Department, every county deputy will come in to help, as will all reserve deputies available.

The festival is scheduled for Oct. 17-20, with a parade set for Oct. 19.

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