Tri-State briefs

May 04, 2007

Longer borough street gets temporary OK

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday gave temporary approval to extend East Third Street, although a final right-of-way agreement has not been reached with the school district.

The extension from Myrtle Avenue will allow vehicles to access the rear of the high school, and officials have said the access is needed during ongoing construction there.

Borough personnel will be visiting the site to ensure a crushed stone surface and traffic won't affect the stormwater system in the area.

Councilman Richard "Dick" George said that since the council closed East Second Street in front of the school, vehicles have backed up on Virginia Avenue at the start and end of the school day. Drivers are waiting in line to drop off students, instead of requiring the youths to walk half a block from the vehicle, he said.


George said there should be "a strong suggestion that those kids should be deposited at the corner."

Officials have lamented the number of vehicles driving past barricades, and police have been pulling some over in the area.

"No matter what we do or put up, you aren't going to stop people from going through," Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said.

- Jennifer Fitch

Walgreens store plans tabled

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A site plan proposing construction of a Walgreens drugstore was tabled by the Martinsburg Planning Commission on Wednesday primarily because road improvements had not been adequately reviewed by the West Virginia Division of Highways.

The Commission accepted City Engineer/Planning Director Michael Covell's recommendation to delay approval of the application until modifications to Edwin Miller Boulevard at the intersection of the yet-to-be-built Raleigh Street Extension are reviewed and approved by the DOH.

Covell said a review of the storm water management designs and environment permits also were outstanding, but downplayed their significance.

Walgreens hopes to build a 14,788 square-foot store with 76 parking spaces at the intersection.

Efforts by the state to have a final design developed for the Raleigh Street Extension project are expected to begin later this year, Covell told Commissioner in a memo Wednesday.

Byrd to host open house at new office

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Area residents are being invited by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd to celebrate the opening of his office in Martinsburg on Saturday.

An open house to celebrate the opening of the office in the U.S. Courthouse at 217 W. King St. will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the federal building on Saturday.

Three employees will staff the new office and assist constituents with a broad range of issues including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, veterans benefits and military issues, disability issues, immigration and passports, local economic development, and much more, according to a news release.

"Service is where the rubber meets the road in my office. It is the best way that my staff can reach out to our constituents. I am committed to doing everything I can to helping my people back home," Byrd, D-W.Va., said in a news release.

According to Mark Ferrell, a Byrd spokesman in Charleston, W.Va., Byrd plans to attend the open house.

Byrd's counterpart in the Senate, Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., already has a "district" office in the federal courthouse in Martinsburg, and state offices in Beckley, Charleston and Fairmont. This will be Byrd's second West Virginia office.

- Matthew Umstead

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