Tri-State briefs

September 15, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Ambulance Authority fee deadline Sept. 30

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Ambulance Authority program manager F. Gary Collis urged residents Thursday to pay the agency's annual $50 service fee by the end of September or be expected to pay even more next month.

The fee increases to $75 next month and if not paid before Dec. 31, jumps to $100, Collis said at the County Commission's regular meeting. Delinquent accounts after April 1 will be turned over to a collection agency.

Collis told commissioners that the fee collection was at 60 to 65 percent of the budgeted revenue projection.

Residents with questions concerning the fee may contact the Ambulance Authority at 304-264-1921. The agency's office is at 400 W. Stephen St.

Pigeon protection OK'd for courthouse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Commissioners Thursday approved the purchase and installation of "bird spikes" for 16 windows of the courthouse to keep pigeons from soiling the structure.


County Commission President Howard L. Strauss said the project awarded to Ehrlich pest control services in Hagerstown for about $1,600 would not hurt the fowl. The spikes will replace ones removed to paint the building.

"I don't want the pigeon organization coming after us," Strauss said.

The Commission also approved the purchase of $800 in safety harness equipment, $1,085 for painting sections of the Dunn Building and a front entrance "mud catcher" mat for the yet to be opened judicial center and a snowblower for about $3,700.

Damaged court file to be treated

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A company contracted to store court records off-site for Berkeley County assured county commissioners Thursday that a water-damaged circuit court file exhibited by Circuit Clerk Virginia Sine was an "isolated incident."

The owner of Records Storage Management Inc. of Martinsburg could not explain to commissioners how the 1989 file became mangled and stained with water, but agreed to have it and any other files possibly damaged by moisture professionally treated.

Sine has taken issue with county leaders over the lack of a vault in the new judicial center to secure records.

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