Berkeley County briefs

May 28, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

Court parking spots held for bailiffs, cops

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Unless they're wearing handcuffs, people who need to visit the Berkeley County Courthouse soon might have to park a little farther away.

The Berkeley County Commissioners voted Thursday to take away two public parking spaces in front of the courthouse and reserve them for bailiffs and police cruisers.

Jeff Wilkins, a bailiff who spoke on behalf of Circuit Judge David Sanders, said the parking space reserved for bailiffs in front of the courthouse is sometimes taken by other cars.

He said he once had to park several blocks away, which could have posed a problem had he been taking a prisoner to court.


The commissioners' vote means no public parking spaces will be available directly in front of the courthouse. One free 15-minute space should remain in front of the courthouse annex next door, along with two spaces with parking meters.

Draft law prohibits ATVs on county land

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A draft version of the county's ATV ordinance was tweaked Thursday to include a provision that all-terrain vehicles will be prohibited on all county-owned land, including parks.

Members of the public can voice their opinions about the ordinance at a hearing scheduled for Thursday, June 3, at 7 p.m. Because a large crowd is possible, the public hearing will be held in the courtroom of the county's main courthouse, at the corner of King and Queen streets.

If the ordinance is approved, ATVs would be prohibited on all roads in the county, including those within subdivisions, county attorney Norwood Bentley has said.

The ordinance includes misdemeanor charges and fines for those caught riding ATVs on roads. Parents would be held responsible for their children.

Collins asked to sit on two more boards

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Apparent Berkeley County Commissioner-elect Ron Collins was asked Thursday to fill in on two more county boards, since Commissioner John Wright has not been attending.

Collins, who attended the meeting and sat in the audience, agreed to sit on the boards for the Berkeley County Public Service water and sewer districts.

Wright, who has attended only two commission meetings this year, was absent again Thursday. He had heart surgery in November.

Wright has been asked to resign and turn his seat over to Collins.

Collins, a Republican, will run unopposed in the November general election. He now sits on four county boards.

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