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Berkeley County Commission cuts cleaning, Web funding

July 12, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission this week cut contracts for the county government's Web site and facility cleaning services in an effort to reduce spending as a result of a budget crunch that first surfaced about a year ago.

After rejecting five company's bids to clean county buildings, the Commission voted to hire four custodians, a proposal that Commission President Steven C. Teufel said Thursday will cost the county about $138,500.

The lowest bid submitted for cleaning services was about $156,000, Teufel said.

The county's contract with James Romano for Web site content development also was not renewed at an expense of $18,000.

Instead, the Commission voted to pay $14,080 to switch to a system that will permit county offices to update Web site information from more than one portal, instead of using a Webmaster. County Administrator Deborah Hammond said Friday the new system eliminates recurring costs.

IT Director Gary Wine is expected to oversee installation and maintenance of the new system.

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