Berkeley County briefs

December 14, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Authority board attendance spotty

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Nine of the 21 volunteer members of the Berkeley County Development Authority board of directors have missed three or more of the 10 regular meetings held through November, according to attendance records released by the county commission on Thursday.

County Commission President Steven C. Teufel did not mention board members Chris Janelle and Martinsburg Mayor George Karos by name in Thursday's regular session, but noted record of their repeated absence from the regular monthly board meetings.

Though Karos did not attend any of the 10 meetings, commissioners were told the mayor is a member of the authority's executive committee and regularly attended those sessions.

Janelle attended only one meeting, according to attendance record. Treasurer Jim Welton and member Becky Linton each missed five meetings, and Dennis Donaldson missed four.


President Steve Cox, Vice President Jim Seibert, Tina Combs, Jim Linsenmeyer, John Reisenweber, and Harry Siegel each missed one meeting.

Members who had perfect attendance through November were board secretary Greg Ahalt and members David Myers and John Christensen, who was appointed in advance of the October meeting.

County approves school board offer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday approved the county Board of Education's $750,000 offer to purchase a county government building that was vacated after the judicial center opened in December 2006.

The sale of the building at 205 E. King St. in Martinsburg still must be approved by the county's building commission and the proceeds will pay off the county's approximately $292,000 debt on the property, officials have said.

The remaining money will be earmarked for retiring the county's debt on the former Blue Ridge Outlets complex it purchased for consolidating government offices off South Raleigh, West Stephen and West South streets.

The 23,363-square-foot brick building formerly housed the prosecuting attorney's office, state family court, the American Red Cross and Eastern Panhandle Operations Center for High Technology.

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