Berkeley County briefs

September 03, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

Contract awarded for Dunn construction

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A contract was awarded Thursday morning for the second phase of construction work needed at the Dunn Building, a former outlet mall building that soon will house most county offices.

The $340,000 contract was awarded to Minghini's General Contractors Inc., based in Martinsburg. Workers at Minghini's are already doing Phase I of the project, Berkeley County Commissioner Howard Strauss said.

Phase II includes work needed to turn former retail stores in the tax office, assessor's office, Region 9 office and others on the second and third floors.

The county commissioners expect to move into their offices next month. Employees of the county's planning and engineering departments will move into their new offices in November and December, Strauss said.


Commissioners OK expanding recycling

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commissioners on Thursday night approved spending around $50,000 to expand recycling opportunities in the county.

The commissioners approved spending $24,859 to have the Grapevine Road recycling facility open two more days a week. They also approved spending $2,280 for a program that will allow residents to recycle lumber, plywood, particle board and wafer board sheets there.

They also approved spending $22,000 to build a retaining wall and have the South Berkeley Recycling Center open one additional day a week. Once the retaining wall is in place, yard waste and scrap metal can be accepted at the facility.

Clint Hogbin, with the Solid Waste Authority, said that already this year more recyclable materials have been collected and processed than in all of last year.

Commissioner Steve Teufel said a plan is still needed to allow home builders to recycle leftover building materials. That could reduce the amount of garbage dropped off at the LCS Landfill, which has had to close early nearly every month because its capacity has been reached.

The county started a recycling program in 1995.

Run-down building law considered

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Dilapidated, unsightly and unsafe buildings in the county soon could be fixed up or torn down under an ordinance the Berkeley County Commission is considering.

Norwood Bentley, legal counsel for the commission, said a state law gives the commissioners the authority to declare certain buildings as abandoned and unsafe, as having too much vegetation or as being junky and unsafe. If an owner will not make repairs, the county could go to court and place a lien on the property, fix up or tear down a dilapidated building and then sell the property to recoup all expenses, Bentley said.

"I think it's a good tool to have," Bentley said.

The commissioners said they plan to look at a similar ordinance in place in Monongalia County and possibly base their ordinance on that one. No other action on the matter was taken at the commissioners' meeting Thursday night.

County gets grant for water study

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Water enthusiasts, here's your chance.

The state has given Berkeley County a $200,000 grant to do a water study, but first five people are needed to serve on an advisory board. Without a board in place the grant could be lost, the Berkeley County Commissioners said Thursday night.

Anyone interested in serving may call the commissioners' office at 304-264-1923.

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