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Berkeley County briefs

May 18, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Commission OKs new county positions



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday directed Human Resources Director Alan Davis to begin the process to fill three of four newly created government jobs.

The commission approved job descriptions for an in-house legal director, transportation planner and a beautification/litter control officer.

The commission held off on advertising for a grant coordinator because the $45,000 originally allocated for the position in the next fiscal year budget was diverted at the last minute to pay for additional, unexpected costs of the HOME consortium project for affordable housing, officials said.

Davis said the in-house legal director would be the highest paid employee on the county payroll, with a salary between $90,000 and more than $140,000. The transportation planner's pay range is expected to be between $50,000 and $81,000. The litter control officer's pay is expected to be between $26,000 and $41,000.




Old home foundations are cause of sinkhole



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An engineering firm hired to investigate depressions in the parking lot of property Berkeley County leaders intend to buy for $3.15 million determined the sagging pavement is on top of foundations to a row of houses torn down years ago.

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Berkeley County Commission President Steven C. Teufel said the assessment of the 5.51-acre property in the 500 block of South Raleigh Street by Triad Engineering of Winchester, Va., was not particularly alarming.

"I didn't think anything jumped out that raised any red flags," Teufel said.

County leaders still plan to have a contractor determine the cost of fixing the depressions, and County Administrator Deborah Hammond said the current property owner would be expected to pay for it.

The commission had hoped to close on its purchase of the vacant shopping plaza from KIMCO Realty Corp. next month when they hired Triad to scope what was thought to be a sinkhole in March.

The plaza, across from the new Berkeley County Judicial Center, once was the home of a Martin's Food Market and CVS, which is being eyed as a possible temporary home for the Berkeley County chapter of the American Red Cross. County officials are exploring the possibility of moving the County Clerk offices to the property.

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