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Martinsburg City Council briefs

July 30, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Martinsburg Chili cook-off slated for Oct. 4

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg City Council on Tuesday unanimously authorized Mayor George Karos to send the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commission a "letter of endorsement" of plans by organizers of the city's annual chili cook-off to serve beer this year.

Scheduled for Oct. 4, the cook-off still will be a family friendly event, Main Street Martinsburg Executive Director Randy Lewis told City Council members.

Lewis said in a letter to city officials that event organizers hoped to sell beer in an enclosed area of the 100 block of North Queen Street for the city's fourth cook-off.

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The council also approved requests by Main Street to stage the Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 21 in the town's square at King and Queen streets, and to hold the annual Christmas parade on Dec. 6.

City leaders also signed off on a weekend Snowflake Festival during the holiday season to be staged at the square. The festival will feature vendors selling upscale art and crafts, Lewis said.

Tobacco policy approved for Oatesdale Park

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The City Council approved a policy prohibiting tobacco use at Martinsburg's Oatesdale Park Tuesday.

The policy was forwarded to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board for review. The Parks & Recreation Board oversees the management of the county park system.

As drafted, the policy states that any person found using tobacco products could be immediately ejected from the park.

Signs would be posted and compliance would be monitored, according to the policy. The park is the home of the Martinsburg Little League.

Parking changes approved

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg City Council adopted an ordinance on Tuesday to make 42 parking spaces in the city's East Burke Street lot available on a permit basis through the "green-top" meter program.

The cost for a permit in the East Burke Street parking lot is expected to be increased to $20 from $12 when the new meters are in place.

A public hearing Tuesday regarding the increase attracted no comments.

City Council also approved a plan from the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau to purchase "blocks" of parking hours in the form of hang tags for tourism promotion. Each tag would provide a visitor with two hours of free parking.

The council also agreed to allow one 30-minute meter to be installed outside the CVB office at 115 N. Queen St.

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