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Eastern Panhandle briefs

December 17, 2008

Pay-by-the-bag pick-up to be available in Berkeley Co.



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County residents now have the option to pay for trash disposal "by the bag" as part of a pre-paid service that proponents say will encourage recycling and help small households and senior citizens save money.

Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority chairman Clint Hogbin announced the launch of the new trash disposal service by Apple Valley Waste Services over the weekend.

Based on current rates, residents could save $6.62 per month if they use one specially marked garbage bag per week, Hogbin said in a news release.

To participate, residents have to purchase specially marked garbage bags at Apple Valley's office 362 West Burr Blvd. near Kearneysville, W.Va. But Hogbin said Apple Valley is expected to deliver the bags at no charge to interested customers by March 2009.

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One 30-gallon bag will cost $3.50, plus a fuel surcharge that reflects the cost of transportation. The current fuel surcharge per bag is 38 cents.

For information, contact Apple Valley Waste Services at 304-724-1834 or 877-267-1280.

The offer is not available for city of Martinsburg residents.

- Matthew Umstead

Swearing-in ceremony will be held in courtroom



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The swearing-in ceremony of newly elected Morgan County Commissioner Stacy Dugan will be held in the large magistrate courtroom on Jan. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Dugan, a Democrat, won the Magisterial District 2 seat that was held by Republican Glen R. Stotler for the past 24 years.

This is the first time in Morgan County history that Democrats are in the majority on the Morgan County Commission. It is also the first time that women hold two of the commission's three seats.

Because a large crowd is anticipated, Commissioner Brenda J. Hutchinson suggested the ceremony and the commission meeting be held in the courtroom.

Firm hired for geothermal permitting process



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission unanimously agreed to hire Silling Associates for the permitting process of the geothermal HVAC system for the new Morgan County Courthouse.

According to Silling's proposal, proper permitting is required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be eligible for the grant.

The commissioners approved the fee of $13,200 to Silling, which will be paid out of a $225,000 grant the county received from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the geothermal system.

- Trish Rudder

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