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Martinsburg City Council briefs

February 12, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

Sparks fly during fireworks discussion



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A discussion of the city of Martinsburg's annual Fourth of July fireworks show turned into a small argument Thursday night over how much to spend for the display.

Councilman Max Parkinson said a two-person committee recommended spending $10,000 for the display.

Mayor George Karos and other council members said they felt that was too high. Karos recommended spending $7,500.

Councilman Richard Yauger suggested reducing the figure to $7,000. He pointed out that in the last few years the cost increased from $3,000 to $5,000 to - for this year - a proposed $10,000.

Defending the increase, Councilman Gregg Wachtel said the extra money will be used to buy larger fireworks, which shoot higher into the air and can be seen by more people.

In the end, Council members voted 4-2 to spend $7,500 on fireworks. Councilmen Donald Anderson, Wachtel, Parkinson and Roger Lewis voted for the expenditure. Councilman Yauger and Councilwoman Shari Knadler Persad voted against it.

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Group says teens need place to go



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The town's only arcade closed and plans to build a roller skating rink have dragged on for years.

For those reasons, and others, teenagers in Martinsburg have little to do and get in trouble as a result, Matt Landerkin, a representative of Telamon Inc., told Martinsburg City Council members Thursday night.

"They wander the streets and people get upset with it and they get in trouble," said fellow Telamon employee Diane Batt.

Landerkin said those between the ages of 12 and 18 are the most likely to begin using drugs and, as a result, need activities geared toward them.

Batt said she hopes to obtain a storefront building downtown so teenagers have a place to go.

Mayor George Karos told Batt and Landerkin to submit a proposal in which they detail how much money they want and which building they would like to occupy. City officials will then consider the request when they begin compiling their budget.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Main Street Martinsburg wants to hold its third annual Bike Night again this summer, but wants to move a stage and beer garden to a different closed-off street.

Jeff Curtis, director of Main Street Martinsburg, told Martinsburg City Council members Thursday night that he wants to move the beer garden and entertainment stage from the 100 block of East King Street to the 100 block of East Burke Street.

Both streets, along with others, will be closed when Bike Night is held in August.

Curtis said he spoke to representatives of a church and bank in that block of East Burke Street and that they did not oppose the plan.

Martinsburg Police Department Chief Ted Anderson said he will have extra police officers on duty during Bike Night, and that in the past two years few problems have arisen during the event.

Council members voted 6-0 in favor of Curtis' proposal.

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