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Berkeley County briefs

September 23, 2006

Judicial center parking discussed

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - About 200 parking spaces near the main entrance to the new Berkeley County judicial center have been designated for public use, and Berkeley County Commission President Howard L. Strauss said Thursday other elected county officers may have assigned spaces.

A fenced parking area for magistrates and 23rd Judicial Circuit judges is planned on the west side of the building, but will not be ready by the Oct. 6 grand opening celebration, Strauss said. An area next to the secure lot is being considered for other elected officials.

Approximately 100 spaces for Berkeley County employees will be available on the east side of the judicial center near West Stephen Street and South Maple Avenue on a first-come, first-served basis, Strauss said.

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Altogether, county officials have 500 spaces at the new complex. Parking is expected to be policed by court security personnel, Strauss said.

The commission approved spending $1,160 for additional parking lot striping Thursday.

Material disposal guidelines released

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District has released a set of guidelines advising residents on how to dispose of everything from bug spray and hair relaxers to paint thinner and gun cleaning solvents, County Commissioner Ronald K. Collins announced Thursday.

The color-coded reference for disposal of hazardous material indicates products that can be poured down drains with adequate flushing, other items that should be taken to the landfill and more dangerous materials that should be given to a licensed hazardous waste contractor or saved for a community-wide collection day. Materials that can be recycled also are denoted, Collins said.

More information about the disposal guide is available by calling the sewer district office at 304-263-8566.

Requests to reclassify positions is delayed

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Alan J. Davis, Berkeley County's human resources director, on Thursday gained the Berkeley County Commission's approval to delay four requests to reclassify positions until the annual budgeting process in the coming months.

The reclassifications would have cost the county an additional $9,929 compensation divided between voter registration supervisor Bonnie Woodfall, appraiser Larry Hess, inspector Paul Cain and planner Megan Clark.

"I think they're very deserving," County Commissioner Ronald K. Collins said. "I think we can make this up to these individuals."

The commission separately agreed to approve Davis' recommendation to correct previously approved compensation levels for five part-time Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management employees.

Davis could not explain how the employees did not receive an approved increase to a minimum of $9 per hour. The correction cost $415.75.

Miller reappointed to farmland board

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to reappoint George Miller to the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board.

Trick-or-treating slated for Oct. 31

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission voted Thursday to observe Halloween trick-or-treating Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

That is the same time that previously was set by the City of Martinsburg.

- Matthew Umstead

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