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Jefferson Co. briefs

September 01, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

Police substation proposed for school



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said Thursday he has talked to Jefferson County Schools officials about putting a police substation at Blue Ridge Elementary School on Blue Ridge Mountain.

Over the years, Blue Ridge Mountain residents have asked for more police presence in the area to control periodic problems with house burglaries, vandalism and other crimes.

Boober told Jefferson County Commission members he has been talking to school officials about putting a small police station, or substation, in a lower section of the parking lot at Blue Ridge Elementary School.

Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols appeared with Boober, and gave his support to the idea.

Commissioner Dale Manuel said the county has a mobile home that could be used to establish the station.

Commission members approved the concept, and it was decided that county officials would further explore costs associated with the substation.

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Commission OKs 11-acre annexation



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday accepted an 11-acre annexation to the City of Charles Town despite concerns from Commissioner Rusty Morgan that such property annexations open agricultural lands to high-density development and make county boundaries confusing.

The annexation is an example of shoestring or pipestem annexations in which a government follows a thin piece of property to reach a bigger piece of property in the county.

Commission members have complained about towns using pipestem annexations, saying they make it difficult to do long-term, land-use planning.

On Thursday, the commission approved Charles Town's annexation of the 11 acres along U.S. 340 south of town, which is owned by Vince Petti. Housing is planned for the land, officials said.

Morgan said the city is using U.S. 340 south to reach the 11 acres.




Resident: Surkamp 'bullied' wife, son



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A local resident claimed Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Surkamp acted in an intimidating manner toward his wife during a public meeting on Monday.

Bob Adams said his wife and their 1-year-old son were at an Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council meeting along with Surkamp at the Charles Town Library.

Adams said his boy was playing next to his mother when Surkamp, who was seated close to them, "bullied" them out of the room.

"He should have been lucky I was not in the room," said Adams, who is running for a local House of Delegates seat this year.

Surkamp said he could not hear the proceedings, and it was not a good meeting to which to bring children.




County to hold town meeting in October



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members agreed Thursday to hold a town meeting on Saturday, Oct. 7, to allow for a "free exchange" of ideas with the public.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the lower level of the Charles Town Library.

Commission members last week talked about having periodic town meetings to bring the public up to date on issues facing the county.

The idea came when Commissioner Rusty Morgan said he sensed there is misinformation about certain issues in the county.

Town meetings would be a way of keeping the public up to date on issues, plus getting input from citizens about the issues that are important to them, said Morgan and Commissioner Dale Manuel.

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