Berkeley County briefs

December 21, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

County offices closed Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County government offices will be closed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve after the Berkeley County Commission voted Thursday to give county employees an additional half-day off.

In making the decision, the Berkeley County Commission noted Gov. Joe Manchin already had made a similar decision for state employees, meaning state-level offices also will be closed both Mondays.

County employees asked to help clean offices

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A change to the Berkeley County Commission's contract for janitorial services approved Thursday is expected to save taxpayers more than $50,000 and ask county officials to clean their own private suites in the government buildings.

The modifications to the county's annual contract with LeScrub Janitorial Services guarantees that all bathrooms will be cleaned every day, said Jay Russell, the county's facilities supervisor.


Excluding the cost of purchasing vacuum cleaners and other in-house cleaning tools, the changes will reduce the expenditure from $206,000 to $146,559, according to information Russell provided to the commission.

Development authority, landmarks commission appointments made

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Six members of the Berkeley County Development Authority's board of directors, including three current officers, were reappointed to three-year terms Thursday by the Berkeley County Commission.

Reappointed were Martinsburg Mayor George Karos, James R. Barnes, James M. Seibert, James R. Welton, A. Steven Cox and Nan Stevens.

The commission voted not to reappoint David Michael Myers. His seat appeared to be filled Thursday by Katherine R. Mason, who was interviewed Thursday, then appointed by a unanimous vote taken after she left the commission's regular meeting. Mason works for Manpower, a staffing industry company.

In related actions, the commission also reappointed Margaret L. LeFevre, Don C. Wood and Roy S. Woods to the county's landmarks commission.

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