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Jefferson County Commission briefs

October 22, 2004

Commission approves farmland easement


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday approved a conservation easement to protect about 93 acres of farmland in the Bakerton, W.Va., area.

The land is owned by Sam Donley, said Roger Dailey, chairman of the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board.

Because Civil War troops crossed through the Donley property after the Battle of Antietam, the Civil War Trust put up part of the money for the easement, Dailey said.

More than 700 acres of farmland have been saved from development in Jefferson and Berkeley counties since 2000, officials said.

In most cases, property owners are paid money in exchange for agreeing not to build on the lands.




Settlement signed in impact fees suit


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - All the parties to a lawsuit the county filed against the City of Charles Town over school impact fees have signed a settlement agreement, officials said Thursday at the County Commission meeting.

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The settlement means the Jefferson County Board of Education can move ahead with the sale of bonds for construction of a second high school, Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Corliss said.

School officials said recently that funding for a new high school and a renovation of Jefferson High School were threatened because they had been included as a party in a lawsuit over the collection of school impact fees in the county.

The suit, filed by the Jefferson County Commission, alleged the city of Charles Town had issued building permits without collecting school impact fees as an ordinance requires. The commission and city recently settled the suit.




Morgan: Garbage problem improving


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A problem with a lack of garbage containers at the former Jefferson County Landfill has improved, a county official said at Thursday's Jefferson County Commission meeting.

County officials operate a garbage disposal facility at the landfill, but not enough garbage containers are being delivered to the landfill to operate the service, Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan said last week.

When containers fill up at the facility, referred to as a transfer station, it has to be closed, Morgan said.

Sometimes the transfer station has to be closed in the middle of the day, Morgan said.

The public has no way of knowing when the transfer station is shut down, and sometimes people will leave their garbage outside the gate of the facility along Leetown Pike when it closes, Morgan said.

Morgan criticized Waste Management because of the situation.

Since Morgan made the comments, Waste Management has provided good support to the facility, Terry Courtwright of the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority told the commissioners Thursday.

Courtwright said about five or six empty containers are in use at the station.

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