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Council vacancies filled in Hedgesville

January 11, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A retired West Virginia Division of Highways administrator for Berkeley County and a man who built his own home at the age of 72 were appointed to the Hedgesville Town Council Wednesday night.

Roy Berger, now 75, of Cannon Hill Road, and William "Bud" Donaldson of West Main Street, will be sworn into office at the Town Council's regular meeting in February, Mayor Mary Sue Catlett said.

"We're glad to have a full council," Catlett said after both Berger and Donaldson were selected by a unanimous vote of council members Cheryl Young, James Poisal, Peggy Gano and Recorder Terri Miskovsky.

Former mayor Mary Beth Good, along with Kristen McFalls, also applied for the council vacancies, which were created in October, when Catlett replaced Charles E. Mason and Councilman Nicholas J. Hengmihle resigned. Mason resigned in August to accept a professional opportunity with JP Morgan Chase & Co. in another state. Hengmihle resigned after losing his bid to replace Mason.

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A town resident for four years, Berger said after the meeting that he expected the council post would give him "a little shot of adrenaline."

"I'm here to learn, I'm here to help," Berger told council members.

Berger said he had a professional background in business systems and still worked part time for the Social Security Administration at their offices in Martinsburg.

A longtime resident, Donaldson was unable to attend the meeting and unavailable for comment, but council members said they felt he would be an asset to helping the community's efforts to get needed road maintenance concerns addressed by his former employer. Donaldson's wife, Ruth Donaldson, is a former Berkeley County magistrate.

McFalls and Good were not nominated for either vacancy and at least two council members said they were opposed to appointing the former mayor to any vacancy on the town's boards or commissions as well.

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