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Hearing set on new permit fees in Berkeley County

November 09, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A public hearing is expected to be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 to hear public comments on a proposal by the Berkeley County Engineering Department to establish grading permit fees for new developments.

Presented to the Berkeley County Commission on Thursday, County Engineer William J. Teach proposed a $50 fee be charged for residential construction and $500 for commercial projects.

Teach said the fees would cover the costs associated with the work of two county employees who administer the permit process.

Teach said county staff, for example, visited the Wal-Mart project in northern Berkeley County six times in the administration of the grading permit process.

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Though generally supportive of the proposal, Berkeley County Commission President Steven C. Teufel said he expected to hear concerns from the development community.

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