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Anti-zoning lawmaker is replaced on Region 9 council

June 13, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission replaced a Berkeley County lawmaker on the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council (Region 9) on Thursday.

Del. Jonathan Miller, R-Berkeley, indicated in writing that he wished to be re-appointed, but County Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield made the motion to replace him with Elizabeth Layne Diehl, provost of the Martinsburg campus of Mountain State University.

Diehl's appointment to Miller's seat on the Eastern Panhandle board on Thursday was unanimously approved by the Commission.

Stubblefield cited Miller's lack of attendance at meetings for not re-appointing the southern Berkeley County delegate to another one-year term.

Unaware of the commission's decision, Miller later on Thursday acknowledged he had missed several meetings because of professional obligations, but that circumstance had since been resolved.

In an phone interview Thursday, Diehl confirmed that ongoing accreditation efforts at Mountain State University would occupy much of her time into this fall, but she was committed to being involved with Region 9.

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Miller was vocal in his opposition to the proposed zoning ordinance that was overwhelmingly rejected in May. Stubblefield, the commission's representative on Region 9, strongly supported the land-use ordinance.

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