Martinsburg briefs

October 18, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

Council discusses RV parking ordinance

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Prompted by concerns that recreational vehicles parked on city streets can impede traffic and block visibility, the city is considering adopting an ordinance that would restrict how long such vehicles can be parked.

The City Council is mulling an ordinance that includes a provision that such vehicles only can be parked on a city street for 72 hours within a one-week period, according to the city's attorney, Claudia Bentley.

The ordinance is expected to be discussed further at a special Oct. 25 meeting, when it also could be approved.

At their meeting Thursday night, City Council members discussed changes they would like to see made to the proposed ordinance.

Councilman Frank Idoni said he thinks a provision should be added that people cannot sleep in such RVs, particularly if the vehicle is parked on a street.

Martinsburg Police Department Chief Ted Anderson, however, strongly encouraged council members not to restrict people from staying in RVs, as long as they are parked on private property. Someone visiting relatives or in town for an event like a Little League tournament should be allowed to stay in them temporarily, Anderson said.


Anderson also rejected Idoni's idea that people staying in the RVs be required to obtain a permit, saying he does not have time to issue such permits.

Christmas lights will adorn buildings

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - At least two buildings in downtown Martinsburg will exude some holiday cheer in December, after City Council members voted Thursday to buy and install lights on City Hall and the city-owned Market House.

Mayor George Karos said the lights shouldn't cost more than $500.

Council members also approved holding Christmas activities, including the annual tree-lighting ceremony on Dec. 3 and the annual parade on Dec. 4. Activities are scheduled to begin on both days at 6 p.m.

With the holidays also comes foul weather. Before voting on the Christmas-related activities, council members voted to pay $47.19 for each ton of salt delivered this winter to help clear roads.

They also agreed to a contract with a company to remove snow from the city's parking lots.

Teachers offered more parking places

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Staff members at Martinsburg High School and Martinsburg South Middle School now have another parking option.

With parking limited because of construction at both schools, Martinsburg City Council members voted Thursday night to allow teachers and other staff members to park on the north side of Bulldog Boulevard from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Bulldog Boulevard runs between the two schools.

Utilities director receives state honor

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg Utilities Director Steve Knipe received a plaque and a standing ovation last week after he was named the 2004 Systems Manager of the Year by the West Virginia Rural Water Association.

Martinsburg's Assistant Utilities Director, Taylor Whittington, said Knipe has been working for the city for two-thirds of his life, and got his start mowing grass. He continued his education in the field before working his way to the top, Whittington said.

Recently, Knipe oversaw the engineering and construction of two new wastewater treatment plants. He also is in charge of the city's water system.

After Mayor George Karos presented Knipe with the plaque, he told Knipe to turn around and look into the audience. There sat Knipe's wife, son and daughter, smiling and clapping for him.

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