Roundhouse authority seeking new members
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The governing authority charged with overseeing the restoration and redevelopment of the B&O Roundhouse complex in Martinsburg is hoping to attract new members.
"We are not interested in people who just want to sit on the board and chitchat," Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority Chairman Clarence E. "CEM" Martin said recently.
Martin said individuals interested in joining the authority's board to help with grant writing and fundraising, or who have a general interest in the historic property, are encouraged to submit a letter of interest or rsum to Roundhouse Authority administrator Rosetta Chiofalo. Board members serve three-year terms.
Created through an act of the West Virginia Legislature in 1999, the Roundhouse Authority's mission is to rehabilitate the B&O complex, which survived the beginnings of the first national strike of rail workers in 1877. The original roundhouse complex built there little more than 10 years before the Civil War was burned by Confederate troops.